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Department of Management and Technology

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Biographical note


I am in sabbatical leave from 1st September 2017 at Wisconsin University in Madison. I am looking forward to this opportunity to pursue my creative projects. I am also looking forward to returning in September 2018 with renewed inspiration and energy.


Degree in in Political Science, University of Florence. PhD in Demography, Dept. of Statistics, University of Florence.

Post-doc at Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock.


Academic CV

Letizia Mencarini is Associate Professor of Demography at Bocconi University (at the Department of Management and Technology). She is a Fellow at the DONDENA Centre for Research on Social Dynamics at Bocconi University and at Collegio Carlo Alberto, Torino. She is the principal investigator of SWEL-FER, an ERC funded research grant on subjective well-being and fertility (http://swellfer.wordpress.com/) and chair of a IUSSP (International Union for Scientific Studies of Population) world panel on subjective well-being and life-course (http://iussp.org/en/panel/subjective-well-being-and-demographic-events).

She is an expert of Population Europe, among the Leading Women Scientists of AcademiaNet, as well as a member of the editorial boards of Population Review and Genus. She is also on the editorial board of Neodemos, an online Italian blog on population, society and politics (www.neodemos.it) and of the international demographic magazine N-IUSSP (http://www.niussp.org/). She is a regular speaker at international conferences and universities (including Cornell University, Lincei, AIQUAV, EAPS, SIS, UNICEF, and UNPFA conferences).

Previously she has been Associate Professor in Demography at University of Turin (2007-2015) and Assistant Professor at University of Florence at the Political Science Faculty (2002-2007), where she taught courses on Demography, Migration and Population and environment. She has also taught at Science Po in Paris and the European Institute (EUI) in Florence. She has worked as Independent Expert and consultant for Unicef, Eurofound, (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions), European Commission and Qatar National Research Fund.

Research areas

Her research interests focus on family demography (life–course analysis and, specifically, fertility, transition to adulthood, family formation and disruption) and its links with well-being, time use, gender diversity and migration in a policy and welfare state perspective.

Selected publications

P. Conzo, G. Fuochi, L. Mencarini (2017), “Fertility and Life Satisfaction in Rural Ethiopia”, Demography, 54 (4): 1331–1351.

P. Conzo, A. Aassve, G. Fuochi, L. Mencarini (2017), “The cultural foundation of happiness”, Journal of Economic Psychology ,62C:  268-283.

L. Mencarini, A. Pailhé, A. Solaz, M.L.Tanturri (2017) “The time benefits of young adult home stayers in France and Italy: a new perspective on the transition to adulthood?”, Genus, 73:6, published on line 25 July 2017.

L. Mencarini, D. Vignoli (forthcoming 2017), “Employed Women and Marital Union Stability: It Helps When Men Help”, Journal of Famly Issues.

L. Mencarini, S. Pasqua, A. Romiti (forthcoming 2017), “Single-mother families and the gender gap in children’s time investment and non-cognitive skills”, Review of Economic Household.

H.P. Kohler, L. Mencarini (2016), “The Parenthood Happiness Puzzle: An Introduction to Special Issue”, European Journal of Population, 32 (3), 327-338.

A Matysiak, L. Mencarini, D Vignoli (2016), “Work–Family Conflict Moderates the Relationship Between Childbearing and Subjective Well-Being”, European Journal of Population, 32 (3), 355-379.

M. Le Moglie, L. Mencarini, C. Rapallini (2015), “Is it just a matter of personality? On the role of well-being in childbearing behavior”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 117: 453–475.

A. Aassve, L. Mencarini, M. Sironi (on-line-first August 19, 2015), “Institutional change, happiness and fertility”, European Sociological Review.

A. Aassve, G. Fuochi, L. Mencarini, D. Mendola (2015), “What is your couple type? Gender ideology, housework sharing, and babies”, Demographic Research, 32: 835-858.

L. Mencarini, D. Vignoli, Gottard A. (2015) “Fertility intentions and outcomes. Implementing the Theory of Planned Behavior with graphical models”, Advances in Life Course Research, 23, 14–28.

M. Albertini, L. Mencarini (2014), “Childlessness and Support Networks in Later Life: New Pressures on Familistic Welfare States?”, Journal of Family Issues, 2014, 35(3): 331–357.

A. Aassve, G. Fuochi, L. Mencarini (2014), “Desperate housework: relative resources, time availability, economic dependency and gender ideology across Europe”, Journal of Family Issues, 35 (8): 1000-1022.

L. Mencarini, E. Meroni, C. Pronzato (2012), “Leaving mum alone? The effect of parental separation on children leaving home decisions”, European Journal of Population, 28 (3), pp. 337-357.

L. Mencarini, M. Sironi (2012) “Happiness, Housework and Gender Inequality in Europe”, European Sociological Review, 28 (2): 203-219.

D. Anxo, L. Mencarini, A. Paihlé, A. Solaz, M.L. Tanturri, L. Flood (2011) “Gender differences in time-use over the life-course. A comparative analysis of France, Italy, Sweden and the US”, Feminist economics, 17(3)1: 159–195.

J. M. Raymo, L. Mencarini, M. Iwasawa, R. Moriizumi (2010) “Intergenerational proximity and the fertility intentions of married women: A Japan-Italy comparison”, Asian Population Studies, 6 (2): 193-214.

L. Mencarini (2010), “A portrait of children in immigrant families in Italy”, Child Indicators Research, 3(4): 525-545.

M.L. Tanturri, L. Mencarini (2008) “Childless or childfree? An insight into voluntary childlessness in Italy”, Population Development Review, 34 (1): 51-77.

D. Del Boca, L. Mencarini, S. Pasqua (2012), Valorizzare le donne conviene, Il Mulino, Bologna.