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Distinguished Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Courses a.y. 2021/2022


Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

Although born and raised in Denmark, I have spent most of my adult life abroad. It all began at University of Wisconsin where I obtained the PhD. From there I moved to Harvard, where I worked for about 7 years. But I was itching to return to Europe, and was offered a position at the EUI in Firenze. But the EUI has no tenure arrangement, so eventually I moved to University of Trento because I wanted to stay in Italy ….I had bought a fantastic house (built in 1600s!) near Firenze. But Italy eventually came to a (temporary) end due to marriage which, in turn, implied a move to Barcelona and a job at Pompeu Fabra, where I have worked and also raised two boys over the past two decades. And then I managed to return to Italy two years ago… this time to Milano and Bocconi.

Academic CV

I obtained the PhD from U. Wisconsin and have taught in the US, Italy and Spain. In addition, I have held numerous guest professorships in Europe and the U.S. I have been elected member of the British Academy and also the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. And I have been awarded the doctor honoris causa award from University of Copenhagen, Roskilde and Oslo. I am research professor at U. Bocconi since 2018.

Research areas

My current research focuses on two themes: One, on family demography and how women’s changing roles influence family dynamics. Two, on social stratification and intergenerational social mobility. I am in particular exploring how social mobility influences demographic outcomes such as partnering and divorce risks.




Selected publications (last decade)


  • The Incomplete Revolution. Adapting to Women’s new Roles. Cambridge: Polity Press (translations: Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish)
  • Families in the 21st Century. Stockholm: SNS



  • Esping-Andersen, G and Myles, J 2009‘The welfare state and redistribution’. In W. Salverda, B. Nolan and T. Smeeding, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Nolan, B, Esping-Andersen, G, Whelan, C and S. Wagner 2010 ‘The role of social institutions in inter-generational mobility’in R. Erikson, M. Jantti and T. Smeeding eds. Intergenerational Mobility Within and Across Nations. New York: Russell Sage
  • Esping-Andersen, G and Bonke, J 2011‘Family investments in children: the role of productivities and preferences” . European Sociological Review, 25:1-14  
  • Esping-Andersen, G I. Garfinkel, W Jui Han, K. Magnuson, S. Wagner and J. Waldfogel 2011 ‘Child care and school performance in Denmark and the United States’. Children and Youth Services Review, 34: 576-89
  • Esping-Andersen, G and Wagner, S 2012‘Assymetries in the opportunity structure’. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 30: 473-487.
  • Esping-Andersen, G, D. Boertien, J. Bonke and P. Gracia 2013 ‘A multiple equilibrium approach to couple specialization’,  European Sociological Review, 29:4: 1280-1295
  • Esping-Andersen, G and Billari, F. 2015 ‘Re-theorizing family demographic change’, Population and Develepment Review, 41 (1): 1-31
  • Arpino, B, Esping-Andersen, G and Pessin, L 2015 ‘How do changes in gender role attitudes towards female employment influence fertility? A macro level analysis. European Sociological Review, 31:1-13
  • Bellani, D, Esping-Andersen, G and Nedoluzhko, L 2017. ‘Never partnered. A multilevel analysis of lifelong singlehood’. Demographic Research, 36: 53-100
  • Rutigliano, R and Esping-Andersen, G 2017 ‘Partnership choice and childbearing in Norway and Spain’. European Journal of Population, 1-20
  • Cordero, J and Esping-Andersen, G 2018 ‘Parental time dedication and children’s education’. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility
  • Cordero, J and Esping-Andersen, G 2018 ‘The intergenerational transmission of gender roles. Children’s contribution to housework in Germany’. Journal of Marriage and Family 80:1005-1019
  • Esping-Andersen, G and Cimentada, J 2018  ‘Abilities and mobility. The relative influence of skills and social origin on life course destinies’. Social Science Research