№ 489, May 2012
Is a population policy really necessary?
The questions of world population and the shaping of demographic
trends will be on the agenda of the United Nations Conference on
Sustainable Development in June 2012 (Rio+20). Jacques Vallin contributes
to the debate by analysing whether a population policy is really
№ 490, June 2012
Adolescent fertility is declining worldwide
The media focus on adolescent fertility and the public debate on
this issue would suggest that its frequency is increasing. In fact,
the number of births to very young mothers is actually falling across
the world. After describing the current situation, Gilles Pison
explains the reason for this decline.
№ 491, July-August 2012
Africa, a young but ageing continent
Valérie Golaz, Laurent Nowik, Muriel Sajoux
As life expectancy increases and fertility declines, Africa faces
the prospect of population ageing. Using recent projections, Valérie
Golaz, Laurent Nowik and Muriel Sajoux explain how African demography
is likely to evolve between now and 2050, and explore the challenges
of ageing on a continent where welfare provision for older adults
is very limited.
№ 492, September 2012
Contraception in France : new context, new practices?
Nathalie Bajos, Aline Bohet, Mireille Le Guen, Caroline Moreau
What contraceptive methods are used in France today? Has the new
law passed in 2001 to facilitate access to contraception, notably
among adolescent girls under 18, and the arrival of new contraceptive
methods led to a change in practices? Nathalie Bajos, Aline Bohet,
Mireille Le Guen and Carolin Moreau present the initial findings
of the Fecond survey.
№ 493, October 2012
Are women more economically active in Germany than France?
The German labour market is in better shape than that of France,
and the employment rate among women in particular is higher. This
is true even though German women have more difficulty reconciling
work and family life than in France. Anne Salles takes a critical
look at employment indicators and how they are calculated, and explains
why German women appear to be more economically active than French
women, and what is really happening in the two countries.
№ 494, November 2012
End-of-life medical decisions in France
Sophie Pennec, Alain Monnier, Silvia Pontone, Régis Aubry
Beyond the rare cases of euthanasia that hit the headlines, often
concerning young people with severe injuries or disabilities, the
end-of-life care of elderly people is a daily concern fordoctors
and hospital medical teams. Are decisions that could hasten death
taken on a routine basis? Who takes these decisions? Sophie Pennec,
Alain Monnier, Silvia Pontone and Régis Aubry present the initial
findings of a survey of end-of-life medical decisions in France