Fertility across time and space - topic


Fertility across time and space:

data and research advances

Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2018

3rd Human Fertility Database Symposium

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