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    This Project is linked to the following Strand/s:

    Fertility and Family

    Overview

    Objectives
    Despite the increase of female-breadwinner families in developed countries (families in which women are the sole or main income provider), little is known about who these couples are, how and why they emerge, and what trends in female breadwinning mean for women, men and children.

    This project aims to answer such questions and in so doing will contribute to the debate on gender, money and the distribution of power between men and women in couples. The project will have three main aims:

    1. To provide an overview of the changing prevalence of female-breadwinner families over time and across European countries and regions

    2. To examine the drivers leading to the emergence of female-breadwinner families

    3. To examine the implications of the emergence of female-breadwinner families by studying a series of social and demographic outcomes relating to the lives of women, men and their children.

    Methods
    This research makes use of international datasets allowing for cross-national comparisons, including the Luxembourg Income Study, the European Social Survey and the International Social Survey Programme, as well as longitudinal data for the UK, including Understanding Society and the Millennium Cohort Study.

    Publications & Activities

    Four Decades of Changes in Partners' Relative Incomes: Gender Revolution or Men's Unemployment?
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, European Population Conference 2018 (2018). (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
    Authors: Vitali A,

    The occupational and income gap between male and female breadwinners
    II Convengo SISEC Il destino del lavoro tra ricerca di senso e rivoluzione digitale (2018). (Milan)
    Authors: Vitali A,

    Gender differences in couples' matrimonial property regime in Italy
    Inequality within Couples: On the origin and relevance of the Intra-household Distribution of Economic Resources (2018). (Humboldt Universität Berlin)
    Authors: Fraboni R, Vitali A,

    Couples' relative incomes and life satisfaction
    British Society for Population Studies 2018 Conference (2018). (University of Winchester)
    Authors: Vitali A, Sayli M, Arpino B,

    Four decades of change in partners' relative incomes
    "Female-Breadwinner Families (2018). (Royal Astronomical Society, London)
    Authors: Vitali A,

    Four Decades of Changes in Partners' Relative Incomes: Gender Revolution or Men's Unemployment?
    Invited seminar (2018). (University of St Andrews)
    Authors: Vitali A,

    Becoming a female breadwinner household in Australia: differences in relationship satisfaction from equal earner and male breadwinner households
    "Female-Breadwinner Families (2018). (Royal Astronomical Society, London)
    Authors: Blom N,

    The Transition to Parenthood Among Britain’s “Generation Rent”: Examining the Changing Role of Housing Tenure
    International Symposium on "Partner Relationships, Residential Relocations and Housing in the Life Course" (2017). (Cologne, Germany)
    Authors: Vignoli D, Berrington A, Vitali A, Tocchioni V,

    Why pool resources in marriage? A study on the choice of matrimonial property regime in Italy
    Italian Association for Population Studies Conference 2017 (2017). (Florence)
    Authors: Fraboni R, Vitali A,

    Female-breadwinner families in Europe
    University of Oxford Department of Sociology seminar series (2017). (Oxford)
    Authors: Vitali A,

    Who brings home the bacon? The influence of context on partners' contributions to the household income.
    European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR) 2016 Conference (2016). (University of Oxford)
    Authors: Vitali A, Arpino B,

    Female breadwinners in Europe
    Understanding population change in Europe and China: Sharing research experiences for policy development (2016). (University of Southampton)
    Authors: Vitali A,

    Identikit of mothers (and families) Italian
    Momketing (2016). (Spazio Copernico Milano Centrale, Milano)
    Authors: Vitali A,

    Partners' relative earnings and fertility intentions
    Conference on education and reproduction in low-fertility settings (2015). (Vienna)
    Authors: Vitali A, Testa M,

    Fertility intentions of women who out-earn their partners
    Family dynamics, fertility choices, and family. (2014). (Oslo, Norway)
    Authors: Vitali A, Testa M,

    Media

    The geography of female-breadwinner and equal-income couples in Europe Niussp - iussp's online news magazine. 2016
    Agnese Vitali and Bruno Arpino have written the article "The geography of female-breadwinner and equal-income couples in Europe" on www.niussp.org, the IUSSP's online news magazine.

    Who are the new female breadwinners? The Conversation. 2015
    Article on The Conversation.com, "Who are the new female breadwinners?"

    Female breadwinners Population europe website. 2015
    Webcast video on the Population Europe website in which Agnese Vitali discusses female breadwinners.

    Donne breadwinner: tra opportunità e necessità economica Corriere della Sera website. 2015
    Article on Corriere della Sera blog website, "Donne breadwinner: tra opportunità e necessità economica"