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Full Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

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Courses a.y. 2018/2019


Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

Born June 19th, 1968. Cand. Mag. Molde College (Norway), MSc and PhD in Economics from University of Bristol (UK).

Academic CV

Arnstein Aassve received his undergraduate degree in Law, Economics and Computer Science at Molde College in 1992, before attending postgraduate studies at University of Bristol in 1993. He received his MSc in Economics and Finance in 1995 and his PhD in Economics in 2000, after having worked on poverty issues in the US. Since receiving his PhD he has worked as a lecturer in Economics at University of Bristol and University of Leicester. From 2000 to 2002 Aassve was a Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock with Professor Billari, then as a Research Scientist at University of Essex. He has received research grants from The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Economic and Social Research Council, European Science Foundation, and is currently holder of an European Research Council Starting Grant (Consequences of Demographic Change). Currently he is an Associate Professor in Demography, the Director of the Bachelor in International Economics, Management and Finance (BIEMF) and also the Vice Director of Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics, which he has held since 2007. He is a research fellow the Central Bureau of Statistics in Norway and at Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex University. Dr Aassve has since his PhD published in a range of scientific journals, including economics, social policy, demography, social medicine, applied statistics and family planning. He has taught numerous PhD courses in panel regression as well as event history modeling and has supervised several PhD students, both in statistics and Demography, as well as several post-docs. He is also an active member of the Gender and Generations Program (GGP) consortium (

Research areas

Economic demography, poverty and deprivation, comparative social policy, micro-econometrics, event history modelling, simulations.



"Age norms on leaving home: Multilevel evidence from the European Social Survey", Environment and Planning A, 2012 forthcoming (with Arpino and Billari), Grandparenting and Mothers' labour force participation, Demographi Research 2012 forthcoming (with Arpino and Goisis), "Grandparenting and childbearing in the extended family", European Journal of Population 2012 forthcoming (with Meroni and Pronzato), "Explaining attitudes towards demographic behaviour", European Sociological Review 2011 (with Bassi and Sironi), Happiness and Childbearing across Europe" Social Indicators Research 2011 (with Sironi and Goisis) "Social Age Deadlines for Childbearing of Women and Men", Human Reproduction (with Billari, Goisis, Liefbroer, Settersten, Hagestad and Speder), "Estimating the Causal Effect of Fertility on Economic Wellbeing: Data Requirements, Identifying Assumptions and Estimation Methods" Empirical Economics 2010 (with Arpino), "Women's wages and childbearing decisions: Evidence from Italy, Demographic Research 2010 (with Billari and Rondinelli), "Cash benefit policy and childbearing decisions in Norway, Marriage and Family Review 2010 (with Trude Lappegaard), "Does Fertility decrease household consumption? An analysis of poverty dynamics and fertility in Indonesia, Demographic Research (with Kim, Englehardt and Prskawetz), "The highest fertility in Europe - for how long? Determinants of fertility change in Albania" 2009 Demografia, "WHat keeps yound adults in permanent poverty? A comparative analysis using ECHP", 2009 Social Science Research, "Demographic Change: How Government support influences birth rates" 2009 European View, "Childcare cash benefits and fertility timing in Norway" 2008 European Journal of Population (with Lappegaard), "youth Poverty in Europe", report series of the J. Rowntree Foundation 2007 (with Iacovou), "Marital Disruption and Economic Wellbeing: A comparative analysis", Journal of Royal Statistical Society Series A, 2007 (with G. Betti, S. Mazzuco and L. Mencarini); "Strings of Adulthood: Analyzing work-family trajectories using sequence analysis", European Journal of Population 2007, (with F.C. Billari, and R. Piccarreta); "Does leaving home make you poor? Evidence from 13 countries", European Journal of Population, 2007 (with M. Davia, M. Iacovou and S. Mazzuco); "An empirical investigation into the effect of childbearing on economic wellbeing in Europe" Statistical Methods and Applications 2006 Vol 15(2): 209 227 (with S. Mazzuco and L. Mencarini); "Societal Transition, Policy Changes and Family Formation: Evidence from Hungary", Journal of European Population 2006 (22):127 152, (with F.C. Billari and Z. Speder); "Fertility and poverty in developing countries: a comparative analysis", Population Review 2006 45(2), (with H. Engelhardt, F. Francavilla, A. Kedir, J. Kim, F. Mealli, L. Mencarini, S. Pudney and A. Prskawetz); "Youth poverty in Europe: What do we know?" Demographic Research 2006 15(3): p21 50 (with M. Iacovou, and L. Mencarini); "Employment, Family Union, and Childbearing Decisions in Great Britain", Journal of Royal Statistical Society Series A 2006 Vol 169(4):781 804 (with S. Burgess, C. Propper, and M. Dickson); "Childbearing and wellbeing: A Comparative Analysis of Welfare Regimes in Europe", Journal of European Social Policy, 2005 n.3, vol.15 (with A. Aassve, S. Mazzuco, L. Mencarini); "Sequence analysis of BHPS life course data", in M. Vichi, P. Monari, S. Magnani, A. Montanari (Eds.), New Developments in Classification and Data Analysis, Springer, Berlin, 2005 (with F.C. Billari, R. Piccarreta); "Social Policies and Lifecourse Outcomes: The Impact of Cohabitation and Marriage on first Births in Germany and Sweden", Population and Environment 2004 Vol. 25(6) 531 561 (with P. Baizán, and F. C. Billari); "Sequence analysis of BHPS life course data, in CLADAG 2003. Book of Short Papers, CLUEB, Bologna (with F.C. Billari and R. Piccarreta); Incomes and the Transition to Independent Living, Marriage and Divorce among Young Americans, Journal of Population Economics 2003 Vol 16(3): 250 267 (with S. Burgess, and C. Propper); The Impact of Economic Resources on Premarital Childbearing and Subsequent Marriage Among Young American Women, Demography, 40(1):125 126; Cohabitation, marriage, first birth: The interrelationship of family formation events in Spain. European Journal of Population 2003 Vol 19: 147 169 (with P. Baizán, and F. C. Billari); "Leaving Home: A Comparative Longitudinal Analysis of ECHP data", Journal of European Social Policy, 2002 12(4):259 275 (with F.C.  Billari, S. Mazucco, and F. Ongaro); "Transitions from Home to Marriage among Young Americans", Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2003 17(1):1 23 (with A. Aassve, S. Burgess, A. Chesher and C. Propper); "Changing Patterns of Marriage and Fertility Behaviour in a Time of Social and Economic Change: Evidence from ". Studies in Family Planning, 2002 33(2):165-172 (with G. Altankhuyag); "Das Verlassen des Elternhauses durch junge Erwachsene in Europa und seine demografischen Konsequenzen", in Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Jahrbuch, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Monaco di Baviera, 2002: 727-729 (with P. Baizán and F.C. Billari); "The Impact of Income and Occupational Status on Leaving Home: Evidence from the Italian ECHP sample", LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, 2001 15:501-529 (with F. Billari and F. Ongaro); "Income and Assets", chapter 6 in "The ECE/PAU Generations and Gender Programme: Concepts for a second round of Fertility and Family Surveys in Europe, with particular attention paid to persons of reproductive/working age", edited by J. Hoem, report commissioned by the Population Activities Unit, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.