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Letizia Mencarini

Full Professor of Demography
Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
Country of residence:

Nationality: Italy
Gender: F

Member since: 1998
Membership No: 20687
Membership Type: regular

Field of Study: Demography, Population and Development, Sociology

Specialization: Economic Demography, Families and Households, Fertility, Gender Roles-Differentials, Marriage, Divorce and Consensual Unions, Social Demography

Regional focus: Central and Eastern Europe

Education: Doctorate (Ph.D, MD) , 1999 , Florence, I , Demography

Working languages: English , French , Italian

Other association membership in population or related fields: European Association for Population Studies (EAPS), Population Association of America (PAA)

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Professional Summary:

She is: Full Professor of Demography at Bocconi University; 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 an expert of Population Europe, among the Leading Women Scientists of AcademiaNet, and Associate Editor for European Sociological Review;  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...


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, 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, 75:1, 19-36.

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.

Research grants:
She has been the PI of the European Research Council project entitled Subjective Wellbeing and Fertility ( 2013-2018