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PopDigests are short, comprehensive summaries of research results with a link to the original publication (if accessible online). This allows population experts and other interested audiences to be able to easily access information to the latest research results. 

The role of family structure and resources in teen parents’ family formation trajectories
In Sweden, Sara Kalucza and her colleagues found that teen parents go on to have many different types of families and partnerships in adulthood. Their parents' circumstances often relate to these family formation patterns in different ways. [...]
Understanding factors contributing to increased childlessness among men
Evensen & Lyngstad used population-based data from Norway and found that adolescent males with externalising disorders - such as anxiety and depression - have a lower chance of becoming a parent by age 30 than do other men. [...]
How can organisations ease work limitations of older workers suffering from chronic health conditions?
Vanajan and colleagues used data from the Netherlands to compare the associations between three flexible work arrangements and severe health-related work limitations among older workers. Working time flexibility was associated with fewer health-related work limitations, while work place flexibility and phased retirement were not. [...]
The role of childhood socioeconomic conditions in geriatric health
Poor childhood socioeconomic conditions are associated with higher risk of frailty in old age, find van der Linden et al. By using longitudinal and cross-national data, their study is the first longitudinal and cross-national European study to indicate that pathways to (pre-)frailty already begin during childhood and continue over the life course. [...]
Today, the Syrian-born population is the largest immigrant group in Sweden. Compared with the demographics for this group in 2010, a larger share of the Syrian-born now have a higher education, are younger, and less geographically concentrated, according to demographers Siddartha Aradhya and Eleonora Mussino of the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA). [...]
How does the death rate of migrants compare to those who stay?
How do the mortality rates of those who migrate differ from those who remain in the origin country? Matthew Wallace and Ben Wilson of the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA) use data on 35 migrant groups living in England and Wales and find that the lower the development level of the origin country, the greater the size of the advantage of migrants in the destination country. [...]
Schnor & Jalovaara examined the increase in non-marital childbearing over the period 1970–2009. Their descriptive analysis reveals that the overall increase in non-marital childbearing is mainly due to increases in non-marital childbearing rates among the medium-educated population, contradicting previous evidence on the key role played by lower educated individuals. [...]
Both family-friendly policies and norms linked to women's employment over the life course
How do policy and norms interact and influence labour market participation? To what extent can policies shape the participation of women in the labour market - over and above local social and cultural norms? And are family-friendly policies sufficient to allow women to pursue a full-time career next to their family responsibilities regardless of cultural context? [...]
Going deep into the mechanisms beyond the role of social networks on fertility
Do family, friends or work colleagues influence each other’s fertility decisions? If so, to what extent does this generate a multiplying effect in societies? In a study published in Demography, Zafer Buyukkececi (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Thomas Leopold (University of Amsterdam), Ruben van Gaalen (Statistics Netherlands) and Henriette Engelhardt (University of Bamberg) answered these questions with data from the System of social statistical data sets (SSD), an integrated longitudinal database of various registers and surveys provided by Statistics Netherlands. [...]
Smoking is the major reason for sex differences in last decades in high income countries
Of all lifestyle behaviours, smoking caused the most deaths in the last century. Because of the time lag between the act of smoking and dying from smoking, and because males generally take up smoking before females do, male and female smoking epidemiology often follows a typical double wave pattern dubbed the ‘smoking epidemic’. Our research aimed to answer the questions: How are male and female deaths from this epidemic differentially progressing in high-income regions on a cohort-by-age basis? and How have they affected male-female survival differences? [...]

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