Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Changing Family Patterns in Norway and other Industrialized Countries: Determinants, Consequences and Projected Trends


Former 2006/2007 Social Sciences - Law


Industrialized countries have seen very marked changes in their family patterns during the last few decades. The development has been driven by, and may further stimulate, societal changes that most people welcome, such as improvements in economic opportunities and growth in individual freedom for both men and women. However, it is also possible that there are some negative side effects. The intention of this project is to address various family issues that are relevant for Norway as well as other industrialized countries. These two sub-projects will draw on the exceptionally rich Norwegian register data, which will be analysed by means of modern multi-process and multi-level statistical techniques. Survey data will also be employed. In addition, survey and register data from other countries will be used in order to place the development in Norway within an international perspective. The Nordic countries have to some extent been forerunners in the family development, especially with respect to the growth in consensual unions and out-of-wedlock fertility. Therefore, an improved understanding of contemporary behaviour in those societies should attract wide interest. In addition, such insight will contribute to the general knowledge of fertility and family processes. Knowledge of determinants and consequences of family changes will be particularly useful for policy and planning purposes if there are also good tools for projection of trends into the future. The objective of the third sub-project is to improve the models used to project family behaviour. Special emphasis will be placed on the construction of stochastic projection models that can include family characteristics. The existing versions only include age and sex. Special problems arise in such projections because they involve couples, not only individuals.


  • Aassve, Arnstein
    Dr. University of Essex 2006/2007
  • Alho, Juha
    Professor University of Joensuu 2006/2007
  • Bull, Hans Henrik
    Advisor Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development (KRD) 2006/2007
  • Grundy, Emily Marjatta Dorothea
    Professor London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 2006/2007
  • Kohler, Iliana Vassileva
    Research Fellow University of Pennsylvania 2006/2007
  • Kohler, Hans-Peter
    Professor University of Pennsylvania 2006/2007
  • Lyngstad, Torkild Hovde
    - Statistics Norway 2006/2007
  • Mamelund, Svenn-Erik
    Postdoctoral Fellow University of Oslo (UiO) 2006/2007
  • Murphy, Michael Joseph
    Professor London School of Economics 2006/2007
  • Reneflot, Anne
    Cand. Polit University of Oslo (UiO) 2006/2007
  • Rindfuss, Ronald Richard
    Professor University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2006/2007
  • Sigle-Rushton, Wendy Kay
    Dr. London School of Economics 2006/2007
  • Skirbekk, Vegard Fykse
    Dr. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) 2006/2007
  • Steele, Fiona Alison
    Dr. University of Bristol 2006/2007
  • Toulemon, Laurent
    Senior Researcher Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques (INED) 2006/2007
  • Valkonen, Yrsö Tapani
    Professor University of Helsinki 2006/2007

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Group leader

  • Nico Willem Keilman

    Title Professor Institution University of Oslo (UiO) Year at CAS 2006/2007
  • Øystein Kravdal

    Title Professor Institution University of Oslo (UiO) Year at CAS 2006/2007