Centre for Economic Demography

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Family, Fertility and Gender: future research

More recently planned research activities have included studies on previously neglected time periods of important change with respect to family, fertility, and gender, making use of new micro data (SEDD). This has enabled us to say something more substantial about the underlying mechanisms behind the fundamental changes in fertility patterns, education of women and economic activities observed formerly only on an aggregate level. More detailed studies will follow on family formation patterns and the effects thereof, among particular groups that, for various reasons, stand out in international comparison. Examples are the highly educated elite and second-generation immigrants. Through the extension of the research group, more attention has been paid to the interplay between gender, parenthood, and time use.

The analysis of economic roles and outcomes of women has been extended to some countries in West Africa (Burkina Faso and Mali) for which micro data are available through collaborations. Preliminary findings identify some areas for future research: the role of gender differences in time allocated to household work in generating unequal educational outcomes for boys and girls; and shedding light on why Mali is lagging significantly behind otherwise similar countries when it comes to fertility decline.