Much of the fertility decline observed across Europe over the last few decades has been attributed to postponement of childbearing to later ages. Many open questions remain: How exactly should postponement be defined and measured? What is its effect on fertility levels? How does it interact with other life course events? What are its bio-medical and socio-economic dimensions? And finally, what are the consequences and should governments intervene with adequate policies?
This is the 2005 annual scientific meeting of the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences which is held every December on pertinent demographic topics. This year the meeting is co-organized by Bocconi University and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, in collaboration with the Working Group on the Second Demographic Transition in Europe of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) (co-chaired by F. Billari and A. Liefbroer).
Speakers with confirmed participation include: F. Billari, J. Bongaarts, D. Coleman, P. Demeny, H.P. Kohler, H. Leridon, P. McDonald, A. Liefbroer, W. Lutz, S.P. Morgan, G. Neyer, D. Philipov, A. Prskawetz, Z. Speder and L. Toulemon.