Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2018

3rd Human Fertility Database Symposium

 Vienna, December 5 - 7, 2018

Today about a half of the world population lives in countries with fertility
around or below two births per woman. Post-transitional fertility rates
have often been unstable, undergoing unexpected downturns, upswings
and reversals. To account for these developments new theories, methods,
and measures have been proposed. These advances have been stimulated
by an emergence of new datasets that allow in-depth comparisons
of period and cohort fertility and their components between countries
and subnational regions. In particular, the Human Fertility Database
(HFD) and the Human Fertility Collection (HFC) have established themselves
as the leading resources in aggregate-level research on fertility.
This conference aims to build on the expanding data availability
and contribute to methodological and empirical advances in fertility
research. We encourage submissions on fertility trends, their variation,
components and driving forces, as well as on methods, data and
indicators in fertility research. Research based on the Human Fertility
Database and the Human Fertility Collection is especially welcome.


The conference will cover the following topics:

  • Spatial differences in fertility

  • Components of fertility change and variation

  • Fertility differentials by sex, education, and socio-economic characteristics

  • Fertility timing, tempo effects in fertility

  • Very low fertility

  • Shifts and reversals in fertility

  • Impact of economic factors, labour market and policy measures on fertility

  • Aggregate-level perspective on fertility intentions, desires, ideals

  • Fertility modelling and forecasting

  • Methods and indicators in fertility research

  • Multilevel analysis

  • Data visualisation

  • Data resources

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There are no participation fees, but the participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Due to limited space, interested participants, who will not give a presentation are asked to contact conference.vid(at)oeaw.ac.at before registering.



Conference Organisers:

Tomáš Sobotka VID/Wittgenstein Centre Aiva Jasilioniene, MPIDR
Kryštof Zeman, VID/Wittgenstein Centre Dimitri A. Jdanov, MPIDR
Wolfgang Lutz, VID/Wittgenstein Centre Vladimir M. Shkolnikov, MPIDR


About the HFD Project:

The Human Fertility Data Project is a joint project of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) and the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID), aiming to provide free and user-friendly access to a variety of fertility data.
The Project consists of two companion databases, based at the MPIDR in Rostock, Germany: the Human Fertility Database (www.humanfertility.org) and the Human Fertility Collection (www.fertilitydata.org). The 1st HFD symposium was held in Rostock in 2011
(www.humanfertility.org/cgi-bin/symposium.php); the 2nd HFD symposium took place in 2016 in Berlin (www.humanfertility.org/cgi-bin/symposium2.php).


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