Jan Van Bavel                            

Professor of demography


Address:      FaPOS Leuven / Family and Population Studies Leuven

                Centre for Sociological Research

                Faculty of Social Sciences

                University of Leuven

                Parkstraat 45 box 3601

                BE-3000 Leuven


Phone:        +32 16 323048 or +32 16 323050

Fax:           +32 16 323365

E-mail:        Jan.VanBavel@soc.kuleuven.be 




Publications: click here




-      New paper: Van Bavel, Jan. 2014. The world population explosion: causes, backgrounds and projections for the future, Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn 5(4): 281-291. [download PDF]


-      New paper: Van Landschoot, Lisa, Jan Van Bavel, and Helga De Valk. 2014. Estimating the contribution of mothers of foreign origin to total fertility: the recent recovery of period fertility in the Belgian region of Flanders, Demographic Research 30(12): 361-376. Open Access: http://dx.doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2014.30.12  


-      Nieuw artikel over de wereldbevolkingsexplosie: Van Bavel, Jan. 2013. De wereldbevolkingsexplosie: oorzaken, achtergronden, toekomstscenario's, Oikos 2013(4): 16-30. [download PDF]


-      New paper: Van Bavel, Jan and David Reher. 2013. The Baby Boom and Its Causes: What We Know and What We Need to Know, Population and Development Review 39(2): 257-288. [download manuscript]


-      genderball project, funded as a Starting Grant by the European Research Council, has kicked off, see http://genderball.wordpress.com/


-      Paper published in European Sociological Review: Van Bavel, Jan and Natalie Nitsche, ‘ "The Proper Age for Parenthood" and Second Birth Rates in Europe’. [Download working paper version]


-      paper accepted for publication in The World Bank Economic Review: Philip Verwimp and Jan Van Bavel, ‘Schooling, Violent Conflict and Gender in Burundi’. [Download working paper version]


-      Special issue on "Education and the Global fertility Transition" edited by K.S. James, Vegard Skirbekk and Jan Van Bavel (2012), Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, vol.10: http://www.oeaw.ac.at/vid/publications/VYPR2012/VYPR2012.shtml


-      Van Bavel, Jan. 2012. The reversal of gender inequality in education, union formation, and fertility in Europe, Vienna Yearbook of Population Research , vol.10, pp. 127-154. [Download]


-      Pre- and Postdoc job opportunities: click here


-      Contribution to Liber Amicorum Frans van Poppel: Jan Van Bavel. 2012. Low fertility, economic change and unemployment during the interbellum period, in Erik Beekink and Evelien Walhout (eds.), Frans Van Poppel: A Sort of Farewell. Liber Amicorum. Den Haag: NIDI/Ando, pp. 50-53. [.PDF]


-      Book review: Van Bavel, Jan. 2012. Economic, Social and Demographic Thought in the XIXth Century. The Population Debate from Malthus to Marx, by Yves Charbit. Dordrecht/Heidelberg/London, Springer, 2009. (Book review), Population Studies 66(3): 348-351. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00324728.2012.719718


-      New article: Jappens, Maaike & Jan Van Bavel. 2012. Regional family cultures and childcare by grandparents in Europe, Demographic Research 27(4): 85-120. http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol27/4/


-      New article: Van Bavel, Jan, Mieke Jansen, and Belinda Wijckmans. 2012. "Has divorce become a pro-natal force in Europe at the turn of the 21st century," pp.751-775 in Population Research and Policy Review, vol.31 issue 5. [.PDF] http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s11113-012-9237-6   


-      Dribe, Martin, Jan Van Bavel, and Cameron Campbell. 2012. Social mobility and demographic behavior: long term perspectives, Demographic Research 26(8): 173-190. (Special Collection 10).



-      Lezingenreeks De Wereldbevolkingsexplosie. Oorzaken, achtergronden, toekomstscenario’s. Download de powerpoint-presentatie [in PDF]. Debat: http://www.radio1.be/programmas/met-7-miljard/met-7-miljard



-      Jan Van Bavel, Sarah Moreels, Bart Van de Putte and Koen Matthijs. 2011. “Family size and intergenerational social mobility during the fertility transition. Evidence of resource dilution from the city of Antwerp,” Demographic Research 24 (14): 313-344.



-      Jan Van Bavel and Joanna Różańska-Putek. 2010. "Second birth rates across Europe: interactions between women's level of education and child care enrolment," Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 8 (Special issue on "Education and Demography"): 107-138.



-      Boek: Kok, J., & Van Bavel, J. (2010). De levenskracht der bevolking. Sociale en demografische kwesties in de Lage Landen tijdens het interbellum. Leuven: Universitaire Pers Leuven. [Meer info] [Inhoudstafel en inleiding]


-      Van Bavel, Jan. 2010. "Choice of study discipline and the postponement of motherhood in Europe: the impact of expected earnings, gender composition and family attitudes." Demography, 47 (2): 439-458. [download manuscript .PDF]


-      Population Studies, vol. 64 nr. 1 (March 2010), “Subreplacement fertility in the West before the baby boom. Past and current perspectives” [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00324720903362806] [earlier manuscript version .PDF]


-      Social Science History, vol. 34 nr. 1 (Spring 2010), “Pioneers of the Modern Life Style? Childless Couples in Early Twentieth Century Netherlands”, with Jan Kok [http://ssh.dukejournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/34/1/47] [download manuscript .PDF]


-      Opiniestuk over de wereldbevolkingsexplosie, klimaatverandering en vleesconsumptie (“Mag het iets minder zijn?”) in De Morgen van 12 december 2009 [download .PDF]