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Letizia Mencarini

Associate Professor Of Demography
Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
Country of residence:

Nationality: Italy
Gender: F

Member since: 1998
Membership No: 20687
Membership Type: regular

Field of Study: Demography, Population and Development, Sociology

Specialization: Economic Demography, Families and Households, Fertility, Gender Roles-Differentials, Marriage, Divorce and Consensual Unions, Social Demography

Regional focus: Central and Eastern Europe

Education: Doctorate (Ph.D, MD) , 1999 , Florence, I , Demography

Working languages: English , French , Italian

Other association membership in population or related fields: European Association for Population Studies (EAPS), Population Association of America (PAA)

Professional Summary:

Letizia Mencarini graduated from University of Florence in 1999, where she worked with Massimo Livi Bacci. She is now Associate Professor at Bocconi University, and fellow of the DONDENA centre. A member of the IUSSP since 1998, she is among the experts of Population Europe and chair of the IUSSP world panel on subjective wellbeing and life course. She is on the editorial board of and She has taught at Bocconi, Science Po and the EUI and worked as consultant for Unicef, Eurofound, European Commission and Qatar National Research Fund.
Her research interests include demography of both developing and developed countries. Starting from her PhD (a demographic analysis of South Africa), her publications now include studies on fertility, poverty, and life course analysis with a special focus on wellbeing,  She is the PI of the European Research Council project entitled Subjective Wellbeing and Fertility  ( 


P. Conzo, G. Fuochi, L. Mencarini (2017), “Fertility and Life Satisfaction in Rural Ethiopia”, Demography, 54 (4): 1331– 1351.

P. Conzo, A. Aassve, G. Fuochi, L. Mencarini (2017), “The cultural foundation of happiness”, Journal of Economic Psychology ,62C: 268-283.

L. Mencarini, D. Vignoli (forthcoming 2017), “Employed Women and Marital Union Stability: It Helps When Men Help”, Journal of Family Issues.

H.P. Kohler, L. Mencarini (2016), “The Parenthood Happiness Puzzle: An Introduction to Special Issue”, European Journal of Population, 32 (3), 327-338.


A Matysiak, L. Mencarini, D Vignoli (2016), “Work–Family Conflict Moderates the Relationship Between Childbearing and Subjective Well-Being”, European Journal of Population, 32 (3), 355-379.

Research grants:
She is the PI of the European Research Council project entitled Subjective Wellbeing and Fertility ( 2013-2018