№ 495, December 2012
France and Great Britain: rising educational
participation results in later births
Máire Ní Bhrolchain, Eva Beaujouan
Women everywhere are having their children at progressively older
ages. In developed countries, where the first birth is already later
than elsewhere, the age of first-time motherscontinues to rise.
In a comparison of France and Great Britain Máire Ní Bhrolcháin
and Éva Beaujouan examine the influence and role of longer
participation in education.
№ 496, January 2013
Where do people meet their first sexual
partner and their first life partner?
Michel Bozon, Wilfried Rault
In the rural France of former times, marriages were often between
neighbours. Public dances then became the most popular meeting place,
but their role declined with the rural exodus. Michel Bozon and
Wilfried Rault describe the places, both new and traditional, where
people meet their first life partner today. But for most, their
first sexual relations are no longer with the first life partner;
so where do they meet their first sexual partner?
№ 497, February 2013
Are Heterosexual Couples in Civil Partnerships
Different from Married Couples?
Estelle Bailly, Wilfried Rault
Since 1999, heterosexual couples seeking civil recognition for
their union have been able to choose between marriage and civil
partnership, commonly referred to by the initials PACS (pacte civil
de solidarité). But is there any difference between those who
opt for one rather than the other? And do the pioneering couples
who entered a PACS union just after it had been introduced differ
from those whohave done so more recently? To find out, Estelle Bailly
and Wilfried Rault analysed data from the 2011 round of the Famille
et Logements (family and housing) survey, conducted jointly by INSEE
№ 498, March 2013
France 2012: stable fertility, declining
The recent demographic situation in France has two surprising features,
analysed here by Gilles Pison. First, contrary to expectations,
fertility remains stable despite the economic crisis. While fertility
in most industrialized countries has been adversely affected by
the downturn, France seems to have escaped this tendency. Second,
mortality trends among newborn infants in recent years are not easy
to discern. Whatare the reasons for this?
№ 499, April 2013
Healthy life expectancy in Europe
Jean-Marie Robine, Emmanuelle Cambois
Since 2005, Eurostat has used European Statistics on Income and
Living Conditions (EU-SILC) to calculate annual estimates of life
expectancy without activity limitations, known as "healthy
life years"for each member state of the European Union. Following
the release of Eurostat's latest figures, this article presents
the findings of several studies covering the period 2005-2010.
№ 500, May 2013
When fathers lose touch with their children
after a separation
Many fathers rarely see their children after a separation, and
some lose touch altogether. How many children are concerned? Analysing
data from the French version of the Generations and Gender Survey
(Étude des relations familiales et intergénérationnelles,
ERFI), Arnaud Régnier-Loilier studies the frequency of this
loss of contact between fathers and their children, and the circumstances
in which it occurs.
№ 501, June 2013
No English please! Survey on the languages
used for research and teaching in France
Does English have a rightful place in our university lecture theatres?
Only for foreigners, says the law of 1994, or if the subject is
of an "international nature". Yet science is international
by definition, not byexception. Can the law prevent scholars and
teachers from using the international languages of science, beginning
with English? An INED survey puts the debate in perspective by exploring
the use of languagesby discipline and by generation.
№ 502, July-August 2013
Immigrants in France: a female majority
Cris Beauchemin, Catherine Borrel, Corinne Régnard
In France today, the majority of immigrants are women. Using data
from the Trajectories and Origins Survey (TeO), Cris Beauchemin,
Catherine Borrel and Corinne Régnard show that, contrary to
whatone might expect, family reunification is not the only explanation
for this gender imbalance. Growing numbers of women migrate on their
own initiative, either to find work or to pursue their education.