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

    Fertility and Family


    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.

    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

    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,

    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,

    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 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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,