International Conference on Family and Fertility

Virtual conference, 3-5 December 2020


This international conference is organized by the IUSSP Panel on Family Behaviour in East Asia and Southern Europe, in collaboration with the Center for Social Research, Peking University.


Organizing committee: Jim Raymo (Princeton University); Yu Xie (Princeton University); Jia Yu (Peking University) 


The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Family Behaviour in East Asia and Southern Europe organized a conference on Family and Fertility on 3-5 December 2020. This online conference was a rescheduling of a cancelled conference that was to be held at Peking University in October. The conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Social Research at Peking University, the Center on Contemporary China at Princeton University, and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.


The main conference was preceded by a meeting of the steering committee of the Scientific Panel on Family Behaviour in East Asia and Southern Europe at which five teams of collaborators presented ongoing research on fertility intentions, intimacy, and the meaning of children in these two low-fertility regions.


Keynote speech by Professor Ron Lesthaeghe


The main conference started with an engaging keynote speech by Professor Ron Lesthaeghe (Vrije Universiteit of Brussels) on regional and temporal variation in the prevalence and nature of non-marital cohabitation around the world and what this variation means for our understanding of the second demographic transition. This talk was attended by 244 scholars from around the world. The conference was comprised of three English-language sessions and one session held in Chinese. The English-language sessions included 10 papers that focused on issues related to family formation and low fertility in a wide range of countries, including China, Greece, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden. Attendance at each of these three sessions was about 100. Attendance at the Chinese-language session (open to the public) was 5,000. 



Conference Programme and videos


Thursday December 3 

8:00-11:00 am EST - Closed Panel meeting 

Friday December 4 


Keynote address by Professor Lesthaeghe - 8:00-9:15 am EST


  • Keynote (35-40 minute), followed by a 5-minute discussion by James Raymo and a Q&A session with the attendees. 

Session 2 - 9:30-11:00 am EST
  • Amy Thornton, Martin Wittenberg
    Home-leaving in South Africa looks a lot like Italy


  • Letizia Mencarini, Arnstein Aassve, Giorgio Piccitto
    What are Family Ties?


  • Joeun Kim
    Gender, Work, Money and Avoidance of Marriage in South Korea


  • Alicia Adsera, Federica Querin
    Do European Cohabiters Work and Earn like Married or like Single Individuals?

Session 3 - Chinese language session: 19:30-24:00 EST

Saturday December 5

Session 4 - 8:00-9:30 am EST

  • Pau Baizan-Munoz, Wanli Nie
    The impact of education on fertility: Chinese women born between 1960 and 1995


  • Pavlos Baltas
    Fertility, Childlessness and Family Size in Greece: A Cohort Perspective


  • Momoko Nishikido, Qi Cui, Albert Esteve
    Not so different after all: Explaining fertility differentials between Spain and Sweden with stable partnership formation

Session 5  - 9:30-11:00 am EST


  • Manting Chen, Fumiya Uchikoshi
    Becoming a Mother: Role of Employment and Labour Market Conditions for Transition to Motherhood among Married Women in Japan


  • Mariana de Araujo Cunha
    Exploring fertility intentions and outcomes in Eastern and Western Europe


  • Maria Letizia Tanturri, Annalisa Donno, Elisa Romito
    Women's Education and Low Fertility: The Mediating Effect of Familism and Gender Ideology


For further information:

Please contact Conference Organizers James Raymo and Jia Yu.


IUSSP Scientific Panel on Family Behaviour in East Asia and Southern Europe

  • Chair: James Raymo
  • Members: Arnstein Aassve, Albert Esteve, Setsuya Fukuda, Letizia Mencarini, Ryohei Mogi, Hyunjoon Park, Soo-Yeon Yoon