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 publications

- González-Ferrer A, Kraus E, Baizán P, Beauchemin C, Black R & Schoumaker B 2018, 'Migrations between Africa and Europe: Assessing the role of resources, family and networks', Chapter 4, pp 81-122. In: Beauchemin C. (ed.), Migration between Africa and Europe, New York and Heidelberg: Springer. 

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.


“Socio-economic differentials in the effect of formal childcare availability on the timing and level of fertility: Spain 1994-2015” invited talk given at the conference Low Fertility, Labor Market, and Family: Factors, Outcomes, and Policy Implications. Organized by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs and the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i, November 8–9, 2018.

“Welfare regime patterns in the social class-fertility relationship: second births in Austria, France, Norway, and United Kingdom”, European Population Conference 2018. European Association for Population Studies (EAPS). Brussels, 6-9 June. Presentation given at the session “Class Differences and Fertility”. Invited talk given at the conference Using EU-SILC for demographic analysis in Europe, 29th of June 2018, National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED) in Paris, France.