PRIN Final Conference 2014

A new childbearing and childrearing regime

PRIN Final Conference

A collaborative research project between Bocconi University, 

University of Padua, University of Torino, and ISTAT

Advanced societies are facing a new childbearing and childrearing regime. Italy, internationally known as the case of “lowest-low” fertility, appears to be in transition towards this new regime. Only a few decades ago, fertility rates were high and children were born almost exclusively within marriage. Within families and across society, the male breadwinner model was the norm. The new regime is more complex. In most advanced societies, period fertility is low to very low, but in very recent years, it has started to increase. Parenthood is experienced at older ages. Societies such as Italy are facing substantial and sudden increases in the inflow of migrants. Cohabitation and out-of-wedlock childbearing are on the rise. Time spent by parents with children is increasing. The “male breadwinner” model is on retreat everywhere. Policymakers are increasingly more worried about population dynamics on one hand, and the quality of human capital investments in children on the other. The decision-making process on having children now emphasizes self-actualization, and being a “happy parent” of “quality children” while being a “good worker” have become equally important goals.

Venue: Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics

Bocconi University, Milano

20-21 February  2014


Official Program and Poster


Thursday, February 20

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:30 Welcome - Ross Macmillan, Director of the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics

14:30 - 15.15: "Labor supply of mothers with young children: Validating a structural labor supply model using a natural experiment", J. Geyer (DIW - Berlin), P. Haan (DIW - Berlin), and K. Wrolich (DIW - Berlin)

15:15 - 16:00 "The difficult case of persuading women: Experimental evidence from childcare", F. C. Billari (Oxford University), V. Galasso (Dondena and Bocconi University), P. Profeta (Dondena and Bocconi University), and C. D. Pronzato (University of Torino and Collegio Carlo Alberto) Discussed by M. Parey

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:15 "Do parents have a happier life than non-parents?" N. Balbo (Dondena Centre, Bocconi University) and B. Arpino (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

17:15 - 18:00 "Stochastic population forecasting based on combinations of expert evaluations within the Bayesian Paradigm", F. C. Billari (Oxford University), R. Graziani (Dondena and Bocconi University), and E. Melilli (Bocconi University)

20:00 Dinner


Friday, February 21

09:00-09.45 “Assymetric child care effects: A US-Denmark comparison”, G. Esping-Andersen

09:45 - 10:30 "Institutional transition, subjective wellbeing and fertility", A. Aassve (Dondena and Bocconi), L. Mencarini (University of Torino and Collegio Carlo Alberto), and M. Sironi (Nuffield College, Oxford) Discussed by G. Esping-Andersen

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 11:45 "Selection criteria, costs and benefits of the Italian childcare system", Daniela del Boca (University of Torino and Collegio Carlo Alberto), C. D. Pronzato (University of Torino and Collegio Carlo Alberto), and G. Sorrenti (University of Torino and Collegio Carlo Alberto) Discussed by K. Wrolich

11:45 - 12:30 "Waiting for better times: The impact of the economic crisis on nuptiality and fertility", C. Castagnaro (ISTAT), A. Guarneri (ISTAT), C. Iaccarino (ISTAT), and S. Prati (ISTAT)

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:45 "Gender wage differences among high-skilled individuals", M. Francesconi (University of Essex) and M. Parey (University of Essex)

14:45 - 15:30 "Gender roles and parenting practices among married and cohabiting couples: Evidence from the Italian Time Use Survey", S. Meggiolaro (University of Padova) and M. L. Tanturri (University of Padova)

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 - 16:45 "Assisted reproductive technology in Italy: Pregnancy outcomes and the profile of women", A. Burgio (ISTAT), C. Castagnaro (ISTAT), and M. L. Tanturri (University of Padova)
















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