Princeton University


Bocconi University
Center for Demographic Studies (Barcelona)
National Institute of Population and Social Security Research
Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
University Of Southern Denmark
University of Pennsylvania
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population

IUSSP Secretariat

International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)

Council Liaison

Australian National University

Scientific Panel on Family Behavior in East Asia and Southern Europe: Trends, Socioeconomic Differences, and the Role of Social, Economic, Political, Cultural, and Historical Context.


This panel will bring together researchers from East Asia and Southern Europe, and from around the world, to develop and empirically evaluate a broad, comprehensive set of questions focused on demographic similarities (and differences) between and within these two distinctive low fertility regions. Limiting our focus to these select regions and countries will enable the panel to contribute in a compelling way to a range of broader demographic questions central to research on the second demographic transition, gender and fertility, and economic uncertainty and fertility. Focusing our attention on specific, well-defined, theoretically informed contextual similarities and differences in a small set of demographically similar countries and employing rigorous analytical approaches to high-quality population data, the panel will be able to generate a much more nuanced understanding of the factors contributing to persistent low fertility. It will also allow us to advance our understanding of how those factors interact with each other and how these relationships differ across and within the two regions.

Programme of activities

Report for the 2021 IUSSP General Assembly

IPC2021 Session 134 - Family and Inequality in Asia

8 December at 22:00 UTC


International Conference on Family and Fertility

Virtual conference, 3-5 December 2020

(In replacement of the International Seminar on Family Behaviour in East Asia and Southern Europe, which was to be held in Beijing, China, 23-24 October 2020, and had to be cancelled dur to the Covid-19 pandemic)


Workshop: Looking for similarities and differences in the low fertility of East Asian and South European countries: Beyond gender inequality and family ties (cancelled)

Milan, Italy, 18-19 May 2020

Workshop on Family Change in East Asia and Southern Europe

Harvard University, Cambridge (MA), United States, 24-26 October 2019

Understanding the Determinants of Low Fertility -- Session 152 at the 2019 PAA Annual Meeting on Friday, April 12, 10:15-11:45 AM in Meeting Room 211/212.

Austin (Texas), United States, 12 April 2019