Short CV/Education and training

Position and Affiliations

  • Since 2015
    Associate Professor of Demography at Bocconi University, Milan (since Sept 2015)

  • Since 2012
    Qualified as Full Professor in Demography for Italian Academic system

    Expert for Population Europe, the network of Europe’s leading demographic research centres

  • 2015 – 2018
    Chair of the IUSSP panel on “Subjective wellbeing and Demographic Events”

    Research fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto, Moncalieri, IT

    Honorary Fellow at the Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Past employment History

  • 2007 – 2015
    Associate Professor of Demography at Political Science Faculty, University of Turin

  • 2002 – 2007
    Assistant Professor of Demography at Political Science Faculty, University of Florence.

  • 1999 – 2002
    Research scientist at Department of Statistics, University of Florence, in 4th ERP-EU project.

  • 1995 – 1996
    Junior researcher at Tuscany Region – Observatory on Labour Market.

Academic Visits

  • 2017 – 2018
    Sabbatical year at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Sociology & Center for Demography and Ecology (whole academic year) at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Sociology & Center for Demography and Ecology (2 weeks)

  • 2015
    at Dept. of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo (2 months)

  • 2006
    at INED, Paris, F (6 months in total).

  • 2007 – 2008
    at DONDENA, Bocconi University, I (1 year).

  • 2006
    at Linnaeus University, CAFO, Växjö, S (2 weeks).

  • 2004 – 2005
    at ISER, University of Essex, UK (4 months in total).


  • 2001 – 2002
    Post-doc at Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, D (Italian CNR grant).

  • 1996 – 1999
    PhD in Demography, Dept. of Statistics, University of Florence.

  • 1988 – 1994
    Degree in Political Science, University of Florence, final grade 110/110 laurea cum laude

  • 1983 – 1988
    High School, Liceo Scientifico, Montepulciano (Si): final grade with full marks 60/60

Selected publications

  • M. Le Moglie, L. Mencarini, C. Rapallini (2018), “Does Income Moderate the Parental Satisfaction after the Birth of the First Child? In Germany It Does and Depends on Education”, Journal of Population Economics, (First Online: 05 March 2018).

  • L. Mencarini, D. Vignoli (2018), “Employed Women and Marital Union Stability: It Helps When Men Help”, Journal of Family Issues, 39(5): 1348-1373.

  • P. Conzo, G. Fuochi, L. Mencarini (2017), “Fertility and Life Satisfaction in Rural Ethiopia”, Demography, 54 (4): 1331-1351.

  • P. Conzo, A. Aassve, G. Fuochi, L. Mencarini (2017), “The cultural foundation of happiness”, Journal of Economic Psychology ,62C: 268-283.

  • L. Mencarini, A. Pailhé, A. Solaz, M.L.Tanturri (2017) “The time benefits of young adult home stayers in France and Italy: a new perspective on the transition to adulthood?”, Genus, 73:6, published on line 25 July 2017.

  • L. Mencarini, S. Pasqua, A. Romiti (2017), “Single-mother families and the gender gap in children’s time investment and non-cognitive skills”, Review of Economics of the Household, published on line 24 August 2017.

  • H.P. Kohler, L. Mencarini (2016), “The Parenthood Happiness Puzzle: An Introduction to Special Issue”, European Journal of Population, 32 (3), 327-338.

  • A Matysiak, L. Mencarini, D Vignoli (2016), “Work–Family Conflict Moderates the Relationship between Childbearing and Subjective Well-Being”, European Journal of Population, 32 (3), 355-379.

  • M. Le Moglie, L. Mencarini, C. Rapallini (2015), “Is it just a matter of personality? On the role of well-being in childbearing behavior”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 117: 453–475.

  • A. Aassve, L. Mencarini, M. Sironi (2015), “Institutional change, happiness and fertility”, European Sociological Review, 31(6), 749-765.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • P.I, Awarded with an ERC (Consolidator) Research Grant, project n.313617 "SWELLFER – Subjective well-being and fertility" (Hosting Institution: Dondena, Bocconi Unviersity), 2013 – 2018

  • Member of the project on "FamiliesAndSocieties – Changing families and sustainable societies: Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations", funded by EU in the FP7 program, coordinated by Livia Oláh, at the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA), 2013 – 2017

  • Member of the national project "Practices and Policies around Parenthood. Work-family balance and childcare in multicultural contexts", P.I. Manuela Naldini, 2012 – 2014

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Current Positions and Affiliations

  • Research fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto, Moncalieri, IT

  • Research associate at ISER – MISOC, the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change, University of Essex, UK

  • Research associate at DONDENA Centre for Research on Social Dynamics, Bocconi University, Milan, IT

  • Member of CHILD (Center for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics)

  • Expert for Population Europe (the network of Europe's leading demographic research centres)

Current Membership in Scientific Societies

  • IUSSP (International Union for the Scientific Study of Population); EAPS (European Association for Population Studies); PAA (Population Association of America); AISP (Italian Association for Population Studies); SIS (Statistical Italian Society); ISQOLS (International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies); AIQUAV (Italian Association for Quality-of-Life Studies)

Current Editorial Activity

  • Genus, since 2009


  • Neodemos, since 2007

  • Scientific board: Population Review, since 2004

Past Scientific Activities / Extracurricular Professional Activities

  • Independent expert for European Commission, acting as "remote" and "on site" evaluator for projects of the 7th Framework Programme, 2009 – 2010 – 2013

  • Independent evaluator for sociology projects of Qatar National Research Fund, 2013 – 2014

  • Consultant at Unicef, project: "A Statistical Portrait of Children in Immigrant Families for Selected Rich Countries", UNICEF – IRC, Florence, Italy, 2007 – 2009

  • Member of Scientific Committee of AISP and elected secretary, 2003 – 2005

  • Consultant at Unicef, responsible for a data-base on socio-economic conditions of children in Southern Mediterranean countries, project: "Medin, towards a new Agenda for Children in the Southern Mediterranean Countries", UNICEF – IRC, Florence, Italy, 2000 – 2001

  • Referee for journals: Acta Sociologica, Advances in Life Course Research, Demographic Research, European Journal of Population, European Sociological Review, Feminist Economics, Genus, International Migration Review, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Population Research, Polis, Population Review, Population Space and Place, Population Studies, Population, Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia, Time & Society.

Media coverage

  • Sunday Telegraph (UK), New York Times Magazine (USA) and The Herald Tribune (USA), Il Corriere della Sera, Repubblica, Venerdì di Repubblica, D di Repubblica, La Stampa, Metropolis, Bimbisani & Belli, Panorama, L’Espresso, Mamma e donna, Airone, Internazionale, Elle magazine.

  • National Public Radio (US), BBC, Repubblica Radio, Isoradio, Blu radio, Ansa Popolare Network, Radio Città Futura, and other national/local radios, Radio 3 (Tutta la città ne parla).

  • Rai 1: Porta a porta; Rai 2: TV- Educational (Un mondo a colori); Rai 3: Petrolio.

  • Co-author of the documentary for Politelevision-Tuscany Region of “Job and life time: a difficult reconciliation” (in Italian), directed by F. Todesco.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family: married, with two children (born 2009 and 2012)

  • Hobbies: Iyengar yoga since 1994, classical-jazz music lover


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