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Ongoing project

Changing familes and the gender revolution (FAMGEN)

Project period 2015 - 2018
Project employer Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Project nr. 10093
Project leader Trude Lappegård (SSB)

The point of departure for the project is three profound changes sweeping across modern societies: women surpassing men in higher education, growing female labour force participation and more involved men in the family. This gender revolution influences the family formation process and is moving at different paces across countries, which calls for comparative research on the interplay between gender roles and the family formation process.

The project has a strong international profile and we apply an analytical approach where the family formation process involves different components: (A) union formation, (B) couple specialization, and (C) childbearing. This novel approach takes into account that the family formation process contains several components that influence each other: who enters unions and who partner with whom influence couple specialization and the relative economic position of men and women, which in turn influence childbearing, which may very well in return influence couple specialization. Union formation patterns are also expected to influence childbearing directly. We argue that it is necessary to include the union formation process in analyses of couple specialization and childbearing because it determines the socioeconomic correlates of selection into unions, as well as how socioeconomic characteristics affect choice of union.  While several theoretical frameworks have been developed to understand the interplay of new gender roles and family behaviour at the societal level, there is need for more theories to better understand the mechanisms at the individual level.

Register data will be used for the in-depth analyses of Norway, while survey data will be used for the comparative analyses.


ParticipantDegree PhoneE-mail
Ragni Hege Kitterød Research Professor Dr. polit. +47 950 50 375
Janna Bergsvik
Trude Lappegård
Lars Dommermuth
Marit Rønsen
Kenneth Aarskaug Wiik
Rannveig Kaldager Hart
Tags: Gender Equality, Working Life
Published Jan. 12, 2015 12:35 PM - Last modified Oct. 26, 2017 1:27 PM