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Pau Baizán

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 on improving our understanding of the patterns and causes of family formation and dissolution in various social, economic, cultural, and political settings. I investigate questions such as, “What is the impact of changing gender roles on fertility behaviour? To what extent does employment insecurity affect the likelihood to have a child? Why are there socio-economic differentials in parental child care?”. A second line of research focuses on international migration and seeks to answer such questions as “Does economic restructuring influence international migration? How international migration impacts family dynamics? Does migration lead to an increase in educational investments in the origin countries?”.

Selected publications

Baizan P, 2021. “Welfare regime patterns in the social class-fertility relationship: second births in Austria, France, Norway, and United Kingdom”. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 73, 100611.

– Nie W & Baizan P 2021, ‘Does Emancipation Matter? Fertility of Chinese International Migrants to the United States and Nonmigrants during China’s One-child Policy Period‘, International Migration Review, Volume: 55 issue: 4, page(s): 1029-1060.

Selected research activities

Research grants

Socio-economic inequalities in family behaviour and wellbeing: the role of economic security, role compatibility and gender relations (UNEQUAL). Spanish Ministry of Science, PID2020-117980GB-100/MICIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033. (€ 128,623). PI: Pau Baizan and Clara Cortina. 2021-2025.

Conference presentations

“The impact of education on fertility during the Chinese Reform Era”.  IUSSP International Population Conference 2021, 5-10 December 2021.

“Socio-economic differentials in the effect of formal childcare availability on the timing and level of fertility: Spain 1994-2015”. 15th European Sociological Association Conference, 31 August to 3 September 2021, Barcelona.

Conference organization

Member of the local organizing committee: 15th European Sociological Association Conference, 31 August to 3 September 2021, Barcelona.

Paper proposal reviewer, IUSSP International Population Conference 2021, Hyderabad, India.


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

The life course paradigm and event history techniques”. Political and Social Sciences Doctoral Programme. PhD program in Political and Social Sciences. Universitat Pompeu Fabra.


Member of the International Advisory Board of  NCCR – on the move, a center of excellence in the field of migration and mobility studies, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation  (

ICREA Memoir 2021