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Ron J. Lesthaeghe

Professor Emeritus, Free University of Brussels.

Off-Campus Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Ph.D., Rijksuniversiteit, Ghent

Professor Lesthaeghe's research has been in the various subfields of demography : historical, social and economic, and mainly covering populations of Europe and of sub-Saharan Africa. He has also done research in the fields of cultural change in Europe and of ethnic minorities studies. He is currently examining the Second Demographic Transition, which stresses the importance of ideational changes affecting demographic behavior related to the formation/dissolution of unions and marital/non-marital fertility behavior.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Lesthaeghe, Ron J. 2010. "The Unfolding Story of the Second Demographic Transition." Population and Development Review, 36(2): 211-+. Abstract.

Lesthaeghe, Ron J., and Lisa Neidert. 2009. "US Presidential Elections and the Spatial Pattern of the American Second Demographic Transition." Population and Development Review, 35(2), 391-400. DOI. Abstract.

Lesthaeghe, Ron J., and Lisa Neidert. 2008. "Voting and Families: America's Second Demographic Transition." New Geography, December 11.

PSC Reports

Lesthaeghe, Ron J. 2014. "The Fertility Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa into the 21st Century." PSC Research Report No. 14-823. July 2014. Abstract. PDF.

Lesthaeghe, Ron J., and Iñaki Permanyer. 2014. "European Sub-Replacement Fertility: Trapped or Recovering?" PSC Research Report No. 14-822. June 2014. Abstract. PDF.

Lesthaeghe, Ron J. 2010. "Long-Term Spatial Continuities in Demographic Innovations: Insights from the Belgian Example, 1846-2000." PSC Research Report No. 10-695. January 2010. Abstract. PDF.

Lesthaeghe, Ron J. 2010. "The Unfolding Story of the Second Demographic Transition." PSC Research Report No. 10-696. January 2010. Abstract. PDF.

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