A brief and not necessarily scientific description of my co-authors (alphabetical order):
Sandra Brée (UCLouvain)
is an historian
demographer specialized in the dynamics of the French and Belgian
families. She has been a post-doc fellow of the ARC Team "Family
Transformations - Incentives
and Norms". Associate Researcher at the Centre Roland Mousnier,
Paris-Sorbonne University (UMR 8596).
David de la Croix (UCLouvain)
David is a leading researcher in economic growth and population
economics. Summarizing his vitae would be a difficult and useless work
(his website makes mine ridicoulous). I have been a post-doc fellow of
David during two years, we started to work on childlessness with Paula
Gobbi (see below). It has been and it is still a great pleasure and
some work to collaborate with these two. We use to retire in Cévennes
in an old typical house of the 16th century, surrounded by wolves and
other lovely animals. We then think to life, marriage, fertility and
childleness. We are always surprised to see how this topic has been
somehow overstudied by demographers and economists. We take also the
occasion for enriching our musical and vinicole cultures.
Paula Gobbi (UCLouvain)
Paula is Assistant Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She defended her PhD some years ago and has
already published terrefic papers in family economics. Part of her
research is dedicated to intrahousehold bargaining over childcare. In
addition to collaborate on childlessness, we have recently created the
Insitutional Population Index (IPI) which indicates what kind of
population policy can efficiently reduce fertility in developing
Victor Hiller (Université Paris 12 Créteil)
I started my PhD with Victor in 2004 at the Paris School of Economics.
In December of this year, he presented a paper of Bisin and Verdier on
cultural transmission. Right after this presentation, I decided to
write a paper linking cultural
transmission of fertility norms to the demographic transition. It
has been the first paper I published. We have shared with Victor
our PhD years, our entry in Assitant Professorship as well as in
other significant stages of life... and also some hectoliters of beer. After
all that, we decided it was time to write a paper together and we have
naturally explored some of the Bisin and Verdier's cultural
transmission mechanisms. Victor has published terrefic papers on the
transmission of preferences inside economic and family spheres. He
also works on the emergence of laws in favor of mutual consent divorce and on gendered inequalities.
Ester Rizzi (UCLouvain)
is a Professor of Demography at the Center for Demographic Research at
UCLouvain. She is a specialist in social demography, she has published
passionating papers in journals like Demography and Vienna Yearbook of Population Research. Ester is
the most welcoming and sympathetic colleague you could hope. We are
co-supervising the PhD thesis of Koyel Sarkar and Charalampos Dantis.
Ester is so talented that she convinced me that qualitative social
science is not a joke but something scientific. Nevertheless she did
not make me joining the dark side of the force.
Malgorzata Mikucka (UCLouvain)
Gosia is a sociologist
specialized in quantitative comparative analyses of survey data. She
is has been a post-doc fellow of the ARC Team "Family Transformations
- Incentives and Norms". She is one of the best speaker I met in my life; we
work together with Ester Rizzi on a joint paper about the impact of
childlessness on life satisfaction: believe me or not, she will be able
to make this subject fun during seminars.
Robert Stelter (MPI for Demographic Research)
met Robert in Louvain la Neuve as he was visting IRES where I was a
post-doc. Robert studied economics at the University of Rostock. He
obtained recently his PhD from Rostock University and UCLouvain, I had
the pleasure to be the President of his comittee. We work together on
the rural exodus
and its role in the Scandinavian demographic transition and
urbanization. Working with somebody from Rostock requires some
perseverance as joining this beautiful city in the Norst-East of
Germany is time consuming: not less than 11hours and often up to 14h.
But it is always ends with good moments and exciting research
exercizes. Robert also works on optimal population policies, a topic I
used to work on some years ago and that requires strong methodological
and mathematical rigorosity. He is also implied in research on the
quite complex German health insurance system. Robert is currently Post-Doc at MPIDR.