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Family goals and behaviour in an international comparative analysis

11 May 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Family walking down the street. Image: Emma Bauso via Pexels

In this seminar, Dr Alicia Adsera will present the findings from a survey designed to identify family goals, values and behaviours.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Francesca Foliano


Room G03
55-59 Gordon Square

Alicia will discuss the paper and its aims to develop a conceptual framework for identifying family goals/values and to understand how they impact family behaviour (especially union formation and fertility). 

The authors of the paper designed a survey to collect this information via both conventional survey questions and novel randomly-generated vignettes of family profiles that individuals are asked to evaluate in terms of their “success” and desirability. Family profiles varied in terms of their marital status, number of children, family investments and interactions, educational aspirations and gender labour market specialisation. 

The survey was conducted in 2021 using online panels in Italy, Korea, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Japan, China and the US. Many of these countries are characterised by some of the lowest fertility rates in the world, but have very different institutional settings, labour market arrangements, and family formation processes.

A better understanding of family goals and values should allow us to theoretically integrate the ways in which mechanisms governing micro-level intimate family contexts scale up to (partially) explain macro-level trends in family patterns.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in quantitative social science, demography and families.

N.B. This is a hybrid event and you can attend either virtually or in-person.

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About the Speaker

Dr Alicia Adsera

Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Her interests are in economic demography, development and international political economy. Some of her recent work focuses on how differences in local labor market institutions and economic conditions are related to fertility and household formation decisions in the OECD (and Latin America).