A new report that includes analysis of European Social Survey (ESS) data on the timing of life will be launched at a webinar from 12pm (UTC+1) on Monday 21 June.
This new publication is based on data collected in Round 9 (2018/19) of the survey, measuring public attitudes towards key life events.
Respondents were asked about significant events in their life and attitudes towards key life events and related moral views.
The questions provided data on what people think should be youngest age and oldest age of key events in life, such as marriage, having children and planning for retirement.
A split ballot-design allows analysts to consider if views on this issue differ for males and females at different stages of the life course.
The module of questions was initially proposed by a team of academics and selected for inclusion in the ESS following an open competition.
Written by the team of academics who proposed the module, this new report - The Timing of Life: Topline Results from the European Social Survey - also includes data from the first time these questions were fielded, in 2006/07.
At this online launch event, Francesco Billari (Bocconi University) will explain what the timing of life is, and why it is important.
Gunhild O. Hagestad (Agder University) will introduce data showing the stages of adulthood for men and women.
Aat C. Liefbroer (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute / University of Groningen) will discuss new living arrangement in the transition to adulthood.
Jan Van Bavel (University of Leuven) will examine having children in Europe.
And Zsolt Spéder (Hungarian Demographic Research Institute / University of Pécs) will focus on variations on the ideal age of retirement.
The event will be chaired by ESS Director, Professor Rory Fitzgerald (City, University of London).
About the speakers
Francesco Billari is Professor of Demography and Dean of the Faculty at Bocconi University, Milan. He has also worked at the University of Oxford and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. His research concerns demography and the life course.
Gunhild O. Hagestad is Professor Emerita at Agder University and has held appointments at universities in the US, Canada, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. Her work has focused on life course patterns and intergenerational ties in aging societies.
Aat Liefbroer is theme leader Families & Generations at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, professor of Life Course Demography at the University Medical Center, University of Groningen and professor of Demography of Young Adults at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Jan Van Bavel is full professor of demography and sociology at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). His research addresses long term trends in fertility, family formation, and union dissolution, from the nineteenth into the twenty-first century.
Zsolt Spéder directs the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute and is Professor of Sociology at Pécs University. His research concerns fertility, social demography, issues of family sociology and social change.
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