2012-10-30 New research grants to SUDA members

SUDA congratulates Sunnee Billingsley, Ann-Zofie Duvander, Maria Brandén, Sofi Ohlson-Wijk, and Kirk Scott for new research grants from FAS.

Sunnee Billingsley receives 2.85 M SEK for her project on the impact of social mobility on fertility and mortality outcomes in Sweden. Ann-Zofie Duvander receives 2.9 M SEK for a project on young forerunners in family life and gender equality in Sweden that also involves Maria Brandén and Sofi Ohlsson-Wijk. Kirk Scott got 3.61 M SEK for a research project at Lund University on the educational trajectories of second-generation immigrants in Sweden.


Kirk Scott.
Kirk Scott.

SUDA welcomes Kirk Scott as new half-time researcher, affiliated with the SIMSAM and SPaDE centers at our unit.

Kirk Scott is Associate Professor at the Center for Economic Demography at Lund University, where he maintains his engagement at his other half time. Kirks research is oriented towards the family-demographic and economic trajectories of immigrants and the children to immigrants in Sweden.





SUDA welcomes Ognjen Obućina as new post-doctoral researcher, affiliated with the SIMSAM and SPaDE centers located at our unit.

Ognjen has a recent PhD from Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and will pursue his research agenda at the intersection of migration, family demographic, and social stratification research.



SUDA congratulates Lesia Nedoluzhko for the successful defense of her PhD Thesis "Demographic Journeys along the Silk Road: Marriage, Childbearing, and Migration in Kyrgyzstan".  The thesis is based on analyses of survey data from Kyrgyzstan and was defended at Stockholm University on September 21, 2012.



Not only did SUDA arrange a successful European Population Conference 2012 held in Stockholm on June 13-16th but SUDA was also represented with 12 of its members at the sessions. Seven of SUDA’s researchers were chair of sessions. Elizabeth Thomson was chair of session Fertility decisions within unions. Gunnar Andersson was the chair of two sessions, the session on Family formation among migrants and the Thematic session: The Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM). Eva Bernhardt was chair of the session on Same-sex and Living Apart Together relationships. Gerda Neyer was chair of the Thematic session: Social policy effects on family behavior. Ann-Zofie Duvander was the chair of the session on Life course. Sunnee Billingsley was chair of the session Changing unions and childbearing.

Totally 14 papers written by SUDA members were presented at the conference. Elizabeth Thomson presented the paper “Love, marriage, then the baby carriage? Marriage timing and childbearing in Sweden”, co-authored with Jennifer A. Holland (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, NIDI).

Gunnar Andersson and Gerda Neyer presented their paper “Gendering occupation and fertility: a comparison between women’s and men’s childbearing behavior by occupational branches”.

Juho Härkönen presented the paper “Mother’s age at birth and children’s educational attainment”, co-authored with Maarten Buis (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen).

Martin Kolk presented his paper “Understanding intergenerational transmission of fertility in a multigenerational context – Socialization of fertility preferences or transmission of socioeconomic traits?“.

Sven Drefahl and Gunnar Andersson presented their paper “Long-distance migration and mortality in Sweden: testing the Salmon bias and healthy migrant hypotheses“.

Eva Bernhardt presented the paper “Changing families, unchanging attitudes: the effect of marriage, divorce, and childbearing on gender role attitudes in Sweden”, which she has co-authored with Gayle Kaufman (Davidson College).

Maria Brandén and Eva Bernhardt presented their paper “Shared attitudes and couples’ break-up plans”.

Eva Bernhardt presented a third paper at the conference; “Ambivalence about children in the family building process in Sweden”. Co-author to this paper is Frances Goldscheider (University of Maryland).

Sunnee Billingsley presented the paper “Jobs, careers, and becoming a parent under state socialist and free market conditions: the case of Estonia”, co-authored with Luule Sakkeus (Tallinn University) and Allan Puur (Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre).

Ann-Zofie Duvander presented the paper “Long-term effects of reforms promoting fathers' parental leave use”, which she has co-authored with Mats Johansson (Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate). Ann-Zofie Duvander also presented the paper “How do immigrants use parental leave in Sweden?”, co-written with Eleonora Mussino (Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, ISTAT). Ann-Zofie Duvander presented a third paper which she has co-authored with Ida Viklund; “What’s biology got to do with it? Parental leave use among adoptive and biological parents”.

Jan M. Hoem presented the paper “Recent patterns in group-specific total fertility in Finland”, which he has co-authored with Marika Jalovaara (University of Turku) and Cornelia Muresan (Babes-Bolyai University).

Gerda Neyer presented the paper “Gender ideology and fertility intentions across Europe”, co-authors are Daniele Vignoli (University of Florence) and Trude Lappegård (Statistics Norway).

2012-06-18 European Population Conference 2012

European Population Conference 2012, Opening Session on June 13th, Aula Magna, Stockholm University.
European Population Conference 2012, Opening Session on June 13th, Aula Magna, Stockholm University.

Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA) was host to the European Population Conference 2012 held at Stockholm University in June and jointly organized by SUDA and EAPS (European Association of Population Studies). The conference was opened by Elizabeth Thomson, Chair of SUDA and François Héran, President of EAPS. Keynote speakers were Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Prof. of Sociology, Spain; Frances Goldscheider, Prof. of Family Science, USA; Peter McDonald, Prof. of Demography, Australia; and Lena Sommestad, Prof. of Economic History, Sweden.

866 participants from 50 different countries attended this three-day conference. In the 109 Sessions and 3 Poster Sessions, some 450 scientific papers and about 300 posters were presented. The topic included fertility, family, longevity, mortality, migration. Special sessions dealt with the key research areas of SUDA, impact of social policies on family and fertility behavior, and demographic insights from Nordic register data.


Ann-Zofie Duvander was interviewed about the effects of the Swedish “vårdnadsbidrag” (”home care allowance”) by the ARD Tagesschau, the most important TV-news show of Germany.

For those who do not speak German: The conservatives in Germany want to introduce a home care allowance similar to the one in Sweden. The proposal is highly controversial, and most Germans reject such a benefit. The ARD news gives an overview over the Swedish situation: The general perspective of the ARD-contribution is also critical of the “Betreuungsgeld”.

Ann-Zofie was the only scientist interviewed. She states that the vårdnadsbidrag in Sweden has unwanted effects: The benefit is mostly drawn by persons who are in a precarious labor-market position, primarily low educated and persons with a foreign background. Congratulation, Ann-Zofie – it is a very nice contribution!

To view the interview by ARD Tagesschau, click here, and then “Betreuungsgeld in Schweden”.


This year 10 of SUDA's members participated at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), in San Francisco May 3-5.

Gunnar Andersson was chair at the session Comparative Perspectives on Fertility and Sexual Behavior. He also presented a poster, Long-Distance Migration and Mortality in Sweden: Testing the Salmon Bias and Healthy Migrant Hypotheses, together with Sven Drefahl. Elizabeth Thomson was discussant at the session Fertility Timing: Europe and South America. She also presented a paper together with Trude Lappegård (Statistics Norway); Intergenerational Transmission of Childbearing across Partnerships. Gerda Neyer was chair for session Fertility Research in a Comparative Perspective and also presented a paper Gender Ideology and Fertility Intentions across Europe together with Trude Lappegård (Statistics Norway) and Daniele Vignoli (University of Florence). Maria Brandén and Eva Bernhardt presented their paper Shared Attitudes and Couples’ Break-up Plans. Eva presented also a paper co-written with Frances Goldscheider, Ambivalence about Children in the Family-Building Process in Sweden. Juho Härkönen presented a paper Family Forerunners? Parental Divorce and Partnership Formation in Comparative Perspective which he has co-written with Jaap Dronkers (Universiteit Maastricht). Juho also presented his paper Diverging Destinies in Europe? Education, Family Structure, and Child Wellbeing. Sunnee Billingsley presented a paper Jobs, Careers, and Becoming a Parent under State Socialist and Free Market Conditions: The Case of Estonia co-written with Luule Sakkeus (Tallinn University) and  Allan Puur (Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre). Sunnee also presented the paper “Social Capillarity” Revisited: The Relationship between Social Mobility and Fertility in Transitional Poland and Russia co-written with  Anna Matysiak (Warsaw School of Economics). Kieron Barclay presented his paper Sex Composition of the Workplace and Mortality Risk and Helen Eriksson presented her paper Income and Parental Leave over Time – Period and Life-Cycle Effects.

Martin Kolk presented his poster on Understanding Intergenerational Transmission of Fertility - a Multigenerational Approach to Disentangle the Mechanisms of Transmission, for which one he won a poster award.

Congratulations to Martin Kolk for winning a poster award at PAA 2012!
Congratulations to Martin Kolk for winning a poster award at PAA 2012!













Karin Tesching.
Karin Tesching.

SUDA congratulates Karin Tesching for the successful defense of her PhD Thesis "Education and Fertility: Dynamic Interrelations between Women's Educational Level, Educational Field and Fertility in Sweden".  The thesis is based on analyses of Swedish register data and was defended at Stockholm University on February 6, 2012. Press releases, 2012-02-22.