Research field

Fertility and changes in family demography

Research in this area includes studies of fertility, partnerships and families in light of demographic and contextual factors, attitudes and values. Analyses explore the impact of policy instruments, and aim at providing an ongoing account of changes affecting families and partnerships.


  • Analysis of Norwegian Generations and Gender Survey

    The Norwegian Generations and Gender Survey was carried out in 2007-2008 and Statistics Norway and Norwegian Social Research were responsible for the Survey.

  • Changing families and the gender revolution

    This project studies changes in unions, couple specialization and fertility as well as the interaction between the three. Who establish them self in unions and who becomes partner with whom influence couple specialization in the family. This may influence fertility which may influence couple specialization. Analysis of union formation is important for analysis of couple specialization and fertility.

  • Family dynamics, fertility choices and family policy (FAMDYN)

    The main purpose of this research project was to increase our knowledge on the background factors for changes in fertility in modern western societies. Since the 1960s a dramatic decrease in fertility rates has been observed in Europe. Low fertility enhances the aging of societies and thereby increases the financial strains for future generations. There is an ongoing discussion on which measures can be taken into account to increase fertility rates again.

  • Fertility decline

    The point of departure for the project is the observed decline in fertility rates in Norway and other Nordic countries since 2010.

  • Gender and partnership dynamics

    The main goal of this project is to study various patterns of gender-equality attitudes and practices among Norwegian couples and to analyse how such patterns and other factors drive the changes in gender relations and partnership dynamics. The project will use a new survey (LOGG) which include both individual and contextual data.

  • Nordic Family Policy and demographic Consequences (NORDiC)

    The overall objective of this project is to advance understandings of the link between Nordic family policy and demographic behaviour (continued childbearing and family stability) and life-course earnings. The main objective is decomposed into three sub-goals: (1) develop more comprehensive insight of the consequences of use of the parental leave policy on demographic behaviour and life-course earnings, i.e. the effect of individual take up of parental leave and the allocation between parents. (2) consider the effects of specific changes, or so-called “critical junctures” in family policy, i.e. the introduction of the fathers’ quota within the parental leave policy and the introduction of the childcare cash benefit. (3) expand the analyses of the effects of family policy by examining the importance of regional variations and possible effects of cultural, structural and economic contexts.

  • The family lives of children of immigrants in Norway

    Across Europe, new generations of young migrant-background individuals are entering adulthood. The children of immigrants were either born in their countries of residence (the second-generation) or they immigrated as children (the 1.5- generation). They have thus been socialized within their countries of residence and share institutional contexts with majority populations. Will the children of immigrants to a larger degree than their immigrant parents cross some of the boundaries separating them from majority populations? This project studies one aspect of integration and adaptation into receiving societies, namely family behavior.