The Demography of Europe

  • Gerda Neyer
  • Gunnar Andersson
  • Hill Kulu
  • Laura Bernardi
  • Christoph Bühler

About this book


Over the past decades Europe has witnessed fundamental changes of its population dynamics and population structure. Fertility has fallen below replacement level in almost all European countries, while childbearing behavior and family formation have become more diverse. Life expectancy has increased in Western Europe for both females and males, but has been declining for men in some Eastern European countries. Immigration from non-European countries has increased substantially, as has mobility within Europe. These changes pose major challenges to population studies, as conventional theoretical assumptions regarding demographic behavior and demographic development seem unfit to provide convincing explanations of the recent demographic changes.


This book, derived from the symposium on “The Demography of Europe” held at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany in November 2007 in honor of Professor Jan M. Hoem, brings together leading population researchers in the area of fertility, family, migration, life-expectancy, and mortality. The contributions present key issues of the new demography of Europe and discuss key research advances to understand the continent’s demographic development at the turn of the 21st century.


Childbearing behavior Delaying parenthood Demographic behavior and development Demography in Europe Family formation Fertility below replacement level Jan Hoem Life course patterns Life expectancy Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Migration Occupational mobility Population Economics Population Studies Population dynamics Population structure Return migrants Welfare states

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerda Neyer
    • 1
  • Gunnar Andersson
    • 2
  • Hill Kulu
    • 3
  • Laura Bernardi
    • 4
  • Christoph Bühler
    • 5
  1. 1., Department of SociologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Dept. SociologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Dept. GeographyUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUnited Kingdom
  4. 4., Life Course and Inequality Research CentUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  5. 5., Institute of SociologyLeibniz University HannoverHannoverGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8977-9
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-8978-6
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