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    This Project is part of the following research programme/s:

    Fertility and Family


    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

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

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,