Pau Baizán

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Pau Baizán is ICREA Research Professor at Pompeu Fabra University, where he teaches demography. Previously, he was research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (2000-2002), doctoral student and teaching assistant at the University of Louvain (1996-1999), where he obtained his PhD in Demography, and research associate at the University of Cambridge (1994-1995).

Research interests

My research focuses in two main areas: a) the study of the trends and patterns of family formation dynamics and, b) the changing patterns and determinants of migration. I explore several theoretical perspectives to explain the observed behaviour and apply quantitative techniques to disentangle the relationships between processes. For instance, I investigate questions such as "To what extent do employment insecurity and de-standarisation of work patterns affect the likelihood to enter a partnership and to have a child?", "How does this impact vary across countries, regions and different welfare state regimes?", "What is the impact of changing gender roles on fertility behaviour?", "What are the causes of African migration?", "How migration influences family behaviour?".

Selected research activities

- Co-PI of the MINECO project Socio-Demographic Consequences of the Great Recession: Altered Class and Gender Relations? (CSO2016-80484-R).

- Co-PI of the project Low Fertility, Labor Market, and Family: Factors, Outcomes, and Policy Implications. East-West Center (Honolulu, USA) and Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs.


Demographic Changes and Social Dynamics” and "Migration and Society". Master in Sociology and Demography, UPF.

PhD thesis supervised and defended in 2017:

Natalia Malancu, “Policy, Social Capital and Health: The Multiple Implications of Immigrant Economic Incorporation”, UPF.

Daniel Ciganda, “Understanding the Fertility Gap. New Modelling Approaches to Reproductive Decision-Making”, UPF.

Elisabeth Kraus, “Family dynamics of international migrants and their descendants”, UPF.


“Welfare regime patterns in the social class-fertility relationship: second births in France, Italy, Norway, and United Kingdom”, conference "Low Fertility, Labor Market, and Family: Factors, Outcomes, and Policy Implications”, East-West Center and the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Honolulu, November.

“When are migrant networks relevant? A comparison of the role of networks in the Mexico-US (MMP) and Senegal-Europe (MAFE) migration systems”.  Population Association of America, Chicago, April, and IUSSP International Population Conference, Cape Town, November.

“Social class inequalities, economic insecurity, and fertility in Spain”, IUSSP International Population Conference, Cape Town, November.

“International migration and family change”. Lecture Series ond Postgraduate Program in Demography, Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (CSIC). Madrid, June .

“Educational expansion and fertility of the Spanish birth-cohorts 1901-1950”.Seminar Twenty-Five Years of the Spanish Socio-Demographic Survey, Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Spanish National Research Council and Asociación de Demografía Histórica. Madrid, February.