Gender and Family

Explaining Low Fertility in Postindustrial Societies

Explaining Low Fertility in Postindustrial Societies

August 16, 2014

Why are so many young people in certain regions of the postindustrial world delaying marriage and children, or not moving forward at all on either front?  Southern European and East Asian countries now universally have birth rates that are far below what is required to naturally replace their populations. This is leading to rapid population aging and the specter of lowered economic productivity. To unravel the reasons behind historically unprecedented low birth rates, Mary Brinton (Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology) is leading a team of international collaborators in a five-country comparative study of gender equality and fertility.... Read more about Explaining Low Fertility in Postindustrial Societies

Faculty Spotlight: Balancing Work and Family in Contemporary American Families

Faculty Spotlight: Balancing Work and Family in Contemporary American Families

May 8, 2014

How do decisions to partner and parent affect the work lives of American men and women? A long line of research in the social sciences suggests that men reap wage benefits from marriage and fatherhood, while women experience wage losses when they become mothers. One explanation for this gender disparity has been that different-sex partners divide labor, with men taking primary responsibility for paid labor and wives for unpaid labor.

This historic explanation may not fit the experiences of contemporary American couples, many of whom are dual-career. In a recent...

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2013 Nov 19

Fangsheng Zhu "Market Transition and the Parent-Child Relationship: Intergenerational Transfers and Conversions of Political and Educational Advantages in Urban China"; Maggie Frye "The Decline in Non-Numeric Ideal Family Size: A Cross-Regional Analysis"

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WJH 601

Quantitative Methods in Sociology Workshop presentations by

Fangsheng Zhu, Harvard University

Market Transition and the Parent-Child Relationship: Intergenerational Transfers and Conversions of Political and Educational Advantages in Urban China

Maggie Frye, Harvard University

The Decline in Non-Numeric Ideal Family Size: A Cross-Regional Analysis

Christopher Muller

Graduate students recognized by the 2013 ASA Section on Population

June 26, 2013

Harvard Sociology & Social Policy graduate student Deirdre Bloome and Harvard Sociology graduate student Christopher Muller (pictured) received honorable mention for the 2013 ASA Section on Population Student Paper Award for their co-authored paper, “Slavery and African-American Marriage in the Postbellum South, 1860-1880.”... Read more about Graduate students recognized by the 2013 ASA Section on Population

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