Lifetime childlessness among women by level of education, selected countries. European Fertility Datasheet 2015, © - VID

Research Group Leader: Tomáš Sobotka

The research group "Fertility and Family" studies fertility preferences, childlessness, union formation and dissolution, family changes and couple relations and their interconnections. It combines research based on individual- and aggregate-level data and puts a strong focus on education differences in family behaviours. The group also actively collects and disseminates data through several databases, including  the Human Fertility Database (HFD, a collaboration with MPIDR in Rostock) and the Cohort Fertility and Education (CFE) database.

Latest Publications:



Fertility, Reproduction and Population change in 21st Century Europe (EURREP) (ERC Starting grant)


Reproductive Decision-making and Human Capital  (ReCAP) (FWF Elise Richter Grant)


Couples and Childbearing: New Approaches to the Study of Fertility Outcomes and Family Formation Across Europe (COUPFER)(EC Marie Curie grant)


Changing Families and Sustainable Societies (FAMSOC)(EU-FP 7)