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Department of Social and Political Sciences

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Courses a.y. 2021/2022


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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 (Dept of Social and Political Science); Fellow at the DONDENA Center for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy and COVID Crisis Lab at Bocconi University, and at the Center for Demography and Ecology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an expert of Population Europe, among the Leading Women Scientists of AcademiaNet, and Associate Editor for European Sociological Review. She is also in the editorial board of Neodemos, an online Italian blog on population, society and politics and of the international demographic magazine N-IUSSP.

Her research interests focus on family demography (life–course analysis, 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.

She is author of numerous papers published in international scientific journals and of books in Italian about “women, job market and fertility” and “demographic trap” in Italy for the general public.


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.



A. Aassve, N. Cavalli,  L. Mencarini, S. Plach, S. Sanders. Early Assessment of the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Births in High-Income Countries: 2021, PNAS – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

B. Arpino, M. Le Moglie, L. Mencarini (2021), What Tears Couples Apart: An Analysis of Union Dissolution in Germany with Machine Learning, Demography, forthcoming.

A. Gatta, F. Mattioli, L. Mencarini, D. Vignoli (2021), Employment uncertainty and fertility intentions: Stability or resilience?, Population Studies, forthcoming.

A. Aassve, F. Luppi, L. Mencarini (2021), “A first glance into the black box of life satisfaction surrounding childbearing”, Journal of Population Research, forthcoming.

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.

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, vol.46: 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.

A. Aassve, M. Le Moglie, L. Mencarini (2020), “Trust and Fertility in Uncertain Times”, Population Studies, 75:1, 19-36, DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2020.1742927

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.