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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.

Chapters

Lesthaeghe, Ron J., Julan Lopez-Colas, and Lisa Neidert. Forthcoming. "The Social Geography of Unmarried Cohabitation in the USA, 2007-2011." In Cohabitation and Marriage in the Americas: Geo-historical Legacies and New Trends edited by Albert Esteve and Ron L. Lesthaeghe. Springer Publishing Company.

Thornton, Arland, Alexandra Achen Killewald, Jennifer S. Barber, Georgina Binstock, Wade M. Garrison, Dirgha Ghimire, Ronald F. Inglehart, Rukmalie Jayakody, Yang Jiang, Julie de Jong, Katherine E. King, Ron J. Lesthaeghe, Sohair Mehanna, Colter Mitchell, Mansoor Moaddel, Mary Beth Ofstedal, Norbert Schwarz, Guangzhou Wang, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Linda Young-Demarco, and Kathryn Yount. 2010. "Creating Questions and Protocols for an International Study of Ideas About Development and Family Life." In Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional and Multicultural Conexts edited by Janet A. Harkness, Michael Braun, Brad Edwards, Timothy P. Johnson, Lars Lyberg, Peter Ph. Mohler, Beth-Ellen Pennell, Tom W. Smith. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. DOI. Abstract.

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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