Fertility, family transformations and gender relations


Families' choices, in their organization and functioning, both in their daily lives and in the longer term, are made between economic constraints and value systems. Research conducted in DEMO concerns the economic and social determinants of demographic events such as the formation of the couple and the birth of a child. Among these determinants, gender relations, which are at the heart of family relations and their evolution, are of particular interest. Do parents have preferences regarding the gender composition of children? How does the sharing of domestic tasks between partners influence the choice to have a child? What are the consequences of the birth of a child on household tasks, professional activity and parental happiness? Finally, historical demographic research focuses on the first transition of fertility, placed in the context of old demographic regimes and/or in relation to social and economic crises. These topics studied in DEMO are addressed in high-, middle- and low-income countries through quantitative, qualitative or mixed analyses.

Person in charge: Ester Rizzi