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STRATIFIED FAMILY DYNAMICS:
POLARIZING TRENDS IN COUPLE BEHAVIOUR AND PARENTING

Objective

The project applies a multiple equilibrium framework to understand ongoing transformations in family demography and their consequences for social inequalities. Associated with the changing economic role of women emerge novel family forms that replace the conventional male breadwinner model. The transition is very much in flux, producing multiple equilibria some of which are unstable and associated with inefficient and inequitable couple specialization. Based on long micro panel data for four countries at different stages of the transition, the study will address three parallel issues. One, identifying equilibrium shifts from the traditional towards more gender symmetric family forms, with particular focus on the endogenously driven dynamics that drive populations towards a gender egalitarian equilibrium. Two, analyzing the potentially polarizing demographic correlates of changing family behaviour in particular in terms of marital choice and couple stability. Three, testing hypotheses regarding family polarization with respect to parental investments in children and how these, in turn, influence children’s life chances.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social issues/social inequality
  • /social sciences/sociology/family studies

Call for proposal

ERC-2010-AdG_20100407
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Address
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 098 860
Principal investigator
Gosta Knud Jorgen Esping-Andersen (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Eva Martin (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 2 098 860
Address
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Gosta Knud Jorgen Esping-Andersen (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Eva Martin (Ms.)