Prof Gunnar Andersson
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Gunnar Andersson is Professor in Demography and Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Master's Programme in Demography at Stockholm University. He is Associate Director of the Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe, SPaDE, and coordinates "Register-based Research in Nordic Demography", as part of the Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM).

Research topics
  • Pathways to highest-low fertility in universalistic welfare states
  • Family policies and fertility behavior: child care, parental-leave policies and childbearing dynamics in Sweden
  • Childbearing after migration: fertility patterns of foreign-born women
  • Family dynamics and life-course perspectives in Europe
  • The demographics of same-sex partnerships
  • Sex preferences for children and family dynamics
  • Advanced demographic methods
Three recent pubs:
  • Neyer, Gerda, Gunnar Andersson, Hill Kulu, Laura Bernardi, and Christoph Bühler, Eds, 2013. The Demography of Europe, 226 p. Doordrecht: Springer. ISBN 978-90-481-8977-9.
  • Kreyenfeld, Michaela, Gunnar Andersson, and Ariane Pailhé, 2012. Economic Uncertainty and Family Dynamics in Europe. Edited Special Collection 12 of Demographic Research.
  • Andersson, Gunnar, and Turid Noack, 2010. Legal advances and demographic developments of same-sex unions in Scandinavia. Zeitschrift für Familienforschung / Journal of Family Research 22, Sonderheft 2010: 87-101.
Three often cited:
  • Neyer, Gerda, and Gunnar Andersson, 2008. Consequences of family policies on childbearing behavior: Effects or artifacts? Population and Development Review 34(4): 699-724.
  • Andersson, Gunnar, Karsten Hank, Marit Rønsen, and Andres Vikat, 2006. Gendering family composition: Sex preferences for children and childbearing behavior in the Nordic countries. Demography 43(2): 255-267.
  • Andersson, Gunnar, 2004. Childbearing after migration: Fertility patterns of foreign-born women in Sweden. International Migration Review 38(2): 747-775.

Contracts (3)
Stockholm University SIMSAM Node for Demographic Research (SUNDEM)
Period: 1/1/14 - 12/31/18
SIMSAM-programmet för demografisk registerforskning bygger vidare på ett av de områden där svensk forskning är som allra starkast ? nämligen demografi. Sverige och de nordiska länderna står ofta i fokus i internationell demografisk analys. Till stor del beror det på att länderna under lång tid ...
Swedish families in the past and present: Family structure and kinship over 250 years
Period: 1/1/14 - 12/31/16
In our project, we study patterns in family structure and kinship in Sweden over the last 250 years, and how these patterns have changed during this period. Our research is based on unique longitudinal individual registers, with a time length without comparison outside Sweden. The project generates ...
Welfare, labor-market status and family dynamics
Period: 1/1/09 - 12/31/11
Previous research on childbearing and family dynamics in the Nordic countries indicates a high degree of compatibility between individual labor-market activity and family building as women and men both tend to get established in the labor-market before having children, and as they remain there ...