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    Fertility and Family

    Overview

    This work is studying family dynamics and inequality in three ways:

    Firstly, the team are using panel data from Understanding Society to examine the relationships between family dynamics and social inequality in the UK.

    A second strand of the project uses Labour Force Survey data to examine the increasing inequalities faced by young adults as they make their transitions to adulthood in the context of austerity.

    Finally, US scholars have argued that the increasing diversity in family dynamics, parenting structure and behaviour is fuelling the intergenerational transmission of poverty: In the US lower educated women are more at risk of entering a partnership at earlier ages, of experiencing non-marital childbearing, partnership dissolution and mulitpartnered fertility compared to higher educated women. Using a long time series of retrospective partnership and fertility histories, we investigate whether a similar divergence has taken place in Britain. This work is being carried out in collaboration with Eva Beaujouan and Maria Winkler-Dworak from the Vienna Institute for Demography.

    Publications & Activities

    Ethnic differences in returning home: explanations from a life course perspective
    Journal of Marriage and Family (2017). 79 (4) 1023-1040
    Authors: Kleinepier T, Berrington A, Stoeldraijer L,

    Understanding changing partnership dynamics in the UK – a mixed method demographic approach
    British Sociological Association Meeting on Romantic relationships in a time of ‘cold intimacies’ (2017). (Canterbury)
    Authors: Berrington A,

    Housing and transition to higher order births in the UK
    International Population Conference 2017 (2017). (Cape Town)
    Authors: Berrington A, Stone J,

    Austerity and inequalities in transitions to adulthood
    Housing in young adulthood: Changing choices, constraints and challenges (2017). (Places for People, London)
    Authors: Berrington A,

    Family building in the UK: Insights from combining retrospective and panel data
    Workshop on Family Formation and Change (2016). (British Academy, London)
    Authors: Stone J,

    Inequalities in transitions to adulthood
    Child Poverty and Social Mobility: Lessons for Research and Policy Family Change and Social Inequality workshop (2016). (University of Southampton)
    Authors: Berrington A,

    Ethnic Differences in Returning Home: Explanations from a Life Course Perspective
    Population Association of America, Washington D.C., 2016 (2016). (Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C.)
    Authors: Berrington A, Kleinepier L, Stoeldrijer L,

    Education and Diverging Family Trajectories in Britain: New Insights From Microsimulation
    European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR) 2016 Conference (2016). (University of Oxford)
    Authors: Berrington A, Beaujouan E, Winkler-Dworak M,

    Media

    European childlessness is on the rise Mercatornet. 2017
    Ann Berrington's research on perpetual postponers is mentioned in an article on the mercatornet website.

    If only more people could be like Whoopi Goldberg - and realise they don't need or want monogamy The Telegraph. 2017
    Article posted by The Telegraph titled If only more people could be like Whoopi Goldberg - and realise they don't need or want monogamy mentions the Centre for Population Change.

    Identikit of moms 2.0: always connected; they decide (and sometimes pay) for the whole family Dlifestyle website. 2016
    Article on the Dlifestyle website (d.repubblica.it) titled "Identikit delle mamme 2.0:sempre connesse, decidono (e a volte pagano) per tutta la famiglia" which translates as "Identikit of moms 2.0: always connected, they decide (and sometimes pay) for the whole family" cites Agnese Vitali's research on breadwinner families.

    Degree-educated women are having fewer children Financial Times. 2016
    Letter titled "Degree-educated women are having fewer children" written on the Financial Times website by Hilary Phelps mentions Ann Berrington.

    Forty and Fifty-somethings BBC Radio 4. 2016
    Radio interview "Forty and Fifty-somethings" broadcast on BBC Radio 4 features Jane Falkingham and Ann Berrington.

    Your Money and Your Life – Thirty-somethings BBC Radio 4. 2016
    Ann Berrington was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Moneybox programme titled "Your Money and Your Life – Thirty-somethings" on BBC Radio 4.

    Your Money and Your Life – Twenty-something BBC Radio 4. 2016
    Ann Berrington was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Moneybox programme titled "Your Money and Your Life – Twenty-somethings" on BBC Radio 4.

    Happy families? Male acceptance of equality in the home could define the future The Conversation. 2016
    Article on The Conversation, "Happy families? Male acceptance of equality in the home could define the future"

    The strange case of the missing baby The Economist. 2016
    Article on The Economist online, "The strange case of the missing baby"