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EURREP – Fertility, Reproduction and Population Change in 21st Century Europe

The five-year project Fertility, reproduction and population change in 21st century Europe (EURREP) analyses key issues related to fertility, reproduction and their implications in low-fertility societies. Our research combines detailed databases with surveys and theoretical perspectives. We pay particular attention to the education dimension, looking at how cohort fertility rates, family size, and fertility intentions are structured by level of education. Apart from Europe, which is the project’s primary focus, we examine other countries with low fertility rates, including the United States, Japan, Korea, and Brazil.

The project consists of four interrelated themes:

  1. Advancing fertility research in contemporary Europe: Theories, patterns and reversals
  2. Aggregate patterns and developments of fertility intentions in Europe
  3. Fertility, migration, and population change: Advancing methods and measurement
  4. Expanding and sustaining new data infrastructure: the Human Fertility Database and other data

EURREP basic information

Project duration
February 2012 – January 2017
1.27 mill. EUR
Number of researchers involved in the project
6 (reached mid-2013)
Cumulated fertility rate to date of the researchers involved
0.83 children per researcher


The EURREP project is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC Grant agreement n° 284238.