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Full Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

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Courses a.y. 2021/2022


Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

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 Full 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 Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been  the principal investigator of SWEL-FER, an ERC funded (2013-2019) 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.info) 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 Bocconi (2015-2020),. 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, the European Institute (EUI) in Florence and Sociolofy Faculty in Urbino. 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, transition to adulthood, family formation and disruption, fertility) and its links with economic and subjective wellbeing, time use, gender diversity, and migration in a policy and welfare state perspective;  machine learning e big data for population studies.



Last 5 years:

A. Aassve, N. Cavalli, L. Mencarini, S. Plach, M. Livi Bacci (2020), The COVID-19 pandemic and human fertility: Science, 369(6502), DOI: 10.1126/science.abc9520, open access on-line.

A. Aassve, M. Le Moglie, L. Mencarini (2020), “Trust and Fertility in Uncertain Times”, Population Studies, on-line first June 10th, DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2020.1742927.

A. Aassve, F. Luppi, L. Mencarini (2020-forthcoming), “A first glance into the black box of life satisfaction surrounding childbearing”, Journal of Population Research.

D. Vignoli, L. Mencarini, G. Alderotti (2020) “Is the effect of job uncertainty on fertility intentions channelled by subjective well-Being?”, Advances in Life Course Research, online 16 May 2020, Article 100343

T. Autorino, F. Mattioli, L. Mencarini (2020), “The Impact of Gynecologists’ Conscientious Objection on Abortion Access”, in Social Science Research. Vol.87, paper 102403, open access on-line.

M. Le Moglie, L. Mencarini, C. Rapallini (2019), “Does Income Moderate the Parental Satisfaction after the Birth of the First Child? In Germany It Does and Depends on Education”, Journal of Population Economics, 32(3): 915-952.

L. Mencarini, D.I. Hernández-Farías, M. Lai, V. Patti, E. Sulis, D. Vignoli (2019), “Happy Parents’ Tweets. An exploration of Italian Twitter Data with sentiment analysis”, Demographic Research, 40(25), 693-724.     

L. Mencarini, D. Vignoli, T. Zeydanli, J. Kim (2018), “Life satisfaction favors reproduction. The universal positive effect of life satisfaction on childbearing in contemporary low fertility countries”, PLoS One, 13(12): 1-19.                    

F. Luppi, L. Mencarini (2018), “Parents’ Subjective Well-Being After Their First Child and Declining Fertility Expectations”, Demographic Research, 39(9): 285-314.

C. Solera, L. Mencarini (2018), “The gender division of housework after the first child: a comparison among Bulgaria, France and the Netherlands”, Community, Work & Family, 21(5): 519-540.            

L. Mencarini, D. Vignoli (2018), “Employed Women and Marital Union Stability: It Helps When Men Help”, Journal of Family Issues, 39(5): 1348-1373.

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.

L. Mencarini, S. Pasqua, A. Romiti (2017), “Single-mother families and the gender gap in children’s time investment and non-cognitive skills”, Review of Economics of the Household, 17, 149–176.

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.


L. Mencarini, D. Vignoli (2018), Genitori cercasi. L’Italia nella trappola demografica, Egea, Milano.