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A workshop on Sex Ratios and Family Formation
Wednesday 24th of June 2015 at Nuffield college, Oxford, 9-17:00
Sex ratios are well known to affect union formation and childbearing. The “mating squeeze” is much discussed in Asia, yet actual patterns of family formation do not always correspond to the predicted shortage of women. On the other hand, local sex ratios in Europe remain little studied but may have important effects on fertility, childlessness, and antisocial behaviour.
The workshop brings together scholars studying fertility and sex ratios in Asia and Europe. Questions to be discussed include the effects of adult sex ratios on childlessness, fertility timing, gender equity, and marriage and divorce in different societies. We present a new model for estimating the “mating squeeze” taking into account social and cultural characteristics and apply it to data from India and Finland. The workshop ends with the documentary film “About forming a family”, made in Taiwan, India and Finland.
Participation is free and includes lunch + tea&coffee breaks. There is room for 35 participants. To register, send an e-mail to stuart.basten[a]spi.ox.ac.uk. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
09:00 Spatial patterns of sex ratios at birth in Nepal
Melanie Channon and Stuart Basten, University of Oxford
09:40 A probabilistic framework for studying age-specific incidence of marriage:
Sangita Kulathinal, University of Helsinki and Väestöliitto
10:20-10:50 tea & coffee
10:50 Marriage markets and socio-demographic change in India
Ridhi Kashyap, University of Oxford
11:30 The impact of sex ratio and economic status on local birth rates in the UK
Abby Chipman, University of Portsmouth
12:10-13:40 buffet lunch
13:40 More males, more violence? Empirical evidence on the consequences of biased
Sebastian Schnettler, University of Konstanz
14:20 Sex ratios and family formation: combining micro- and macro-level register data
Lassi Lainiala and Anna Rotkirch, Väestöliitto
15:00-15:30 tea & coffee
15:30-16:15 Walk over to Department of Social Policy and Intervention, 32 Barnett Square
16:15 UK premiere of documentary film by Janne Laiho, Yamicreative: About forming a family
16:45 Discussion and closing remarks
17:00-19:00 Drinks and snack in the Garden of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention
Please note that participants are assumed to arrange their travels and accommodation independently. The workshop is organized by the research project Precarious Family Formation together with the Oxford Centre for Population Resarch (OXPOP). We are grateful to the KONE foundation for financial support.
More information: anna.rotkirch[a]vaestoliitto.fi and stuart.basten[a]spi.ox.ac.uk.
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