Alícia Adserà



Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer

Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

A29 JRR Building

Princeton University, NJ 08544


Research Fellow
IZA Institute for the Study of Labor
Bonn, Germany


B.A. in Economics, University of Barcelona, 1990
M.A. Political Economy, Boston University, 1993
Ph.D. in Economics, Boston University, 1996

Published papers:

1.     Transition from plan to market, height and well-being (with Francesca dalla Pozza, Sergei Guriev, Lukas Kleine-Rueschkamp and Elena Nikolova). Economic Policy (forthcoming 2020).


2.     What is the most important factor likely to influence future fertility trends and why? International political economy and future fertility trends, Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2020. Published


3.     The Role of Welfare in Locational Choices: Modelling Intra-European Migration Decisions across the Life-Course (with Petra de Jong and Helga De Valk), Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie Volume111, Issue2, April 2020, Pages 163-181.


4.     Speeding up for a son: Sex ratio imbalances by birth interval among South Asian migrants to Canada (with Ana Ferrer), (previous version CLEF Canadian Labor Economics forum, Working Papers, March 2016, WP #1) Canadian Studies in Population Published


5.     Education and fertility in the context of rising inequality, Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, Volume: 15, 2017, pages 63 – 92


6.     The future fertility of highly educated women: The role of educational composition shifts and labor market barriers, Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, Volume: 15, 2017, pages 19 - 25.

7.     Age at migration, family instability, and timing of sexual onset (with Rachel Goldberg and Marta Tienda), Social Science Research, 2016. Published paper

8.     Occupational Skills and Labour Market Progression of Married Immigrant Women in Canada (with Ana Ferrer), Labour Economics, 2016.Published (Before: CREAM Discussion paper 34/14 and IZA WP 8407, August 2014 )

9.     The role of language in shaping international migration: Evidence from OECD countries 1985-2006, Economic Journal 2015 (with Mariola Pytlikova,). Economic Journal 2015 Published version

10. Language and Culture as drivers of Migration, IZA World of Labor, July 2015.

11. The Fertility of Married Immigrant Women to Canada (with Ana Ferrer), International Migration Review, Fall 2014:1–31. (Before: The Fertility of Recent Immigrants to Canada, IZA working paper # 7289, 2013.)

12. The Myth of Immigrant Women as Secondary Workers: Evidence from Canada" (with Ana Ferrer) American Economic Review, vol.104 (3): 360-64, 2014 Open version

13. Fertility Adaptation of Child Migrants to Canada (with Ana Ferrer), Population Studies 2014 (Working paper: Age at Migration, Language and Fertility transitions among migrants to Canada; IZA Working Paper #5552, March 2011.) Published version

14. Son Preference and Children’s Housework: the Indian Case (with Tin-chi Lin,) Population Research and Policy Review (2013)  Open version

15. Fertility Patterns of Child Migrants: Age at Migration and Ancestry in Comparative Perspective (with Ana Ferrer, Wendy Sigle-Rushton and Ben Wilson), Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, V.463, September 2012.

16. Student Performance in Elementary Schools: Evidence from Catalonia (with Maria Gutierrez-Domenech), Revista de Economia Aplicada Vol XX,  135-164, 2012.

17. The Interplay of Employment Uncertainty and Education in explaining Second Births in Europe Demographic Research Volume 25, Article 16, 2011. PDF file

18. Where are the babies? Labor Market Conditions and Fertility in Europe, European Journal of Population, 27 (1), 1-32, 2011. Open Version

19. Fertility Changes in Latin America in the Context of Economic Uncertainty (with Alicia Menendez), Population Studies, 2011.

20. Is Fertility Indeed related to Religiosity? Population Studies July, 61 (2), 225-230, July 2007. PDF File

21. Are There Gender Differences in Immigrant Labor Market Outcomes across European Countries? (with Barry R. Chiswick), Journal of Population Economics, Special Issue - Ethnic and Racial Communities, 20 (3), 495–526, 2007. PDF Working paper

22. Marital Fertility and Religion in Spain, Population Studies, 60:2, 205-221, July 2006.PDF Working paper

23. An Economic Analysis of the Gap between Desired and Actual Fertility. The Case of Spain, Review of Economics of the Household 4:1, 75-95, March 2006. PDF Working paper

24. Religion and Changes in Family-size Norms in Developed Countries, Review of Religious Research, 47:3, 271-286, March 2006. PDF File

25. Vanishing Children. From High Unemployment to Low Fertility in Europe, American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 95 (2), May 2005.PDF File

26. Changing Fertility Rates in Developed Countries. The Impact of Labor Market Institutions, Journal of Population Economics 17: 17-43, January 2004 (Copyright Springer-VerlagPDF File

27. Are You Being Served? Political Accountability and Quality of Government (with Carles Boix and Mark Payne), Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 19: 2, 445-490, October 2003. PDF File  (Working Paper 438, Research Department Inter-American Development Bank, November 2000.  PDF File Summary on Corruption and Freedom of the Press

28. Trade, Democracy and the Size of the Public Sector: The Political Underpinnings of Openness (with Carles Boix ), International Organization 56: 229-262, 2002.  PDF File

29. Must We Choose? European Unemployment, American Inequality and the Impact of Education and Labor Market Institutions, (with Carles Boix ) European Journal of Political Economy 16: 611-638, 2000. PDF file

30. Sectoral Spillovers and the Price of Land: A Cost Analysis across U.S. States, Regional Science and Urban Economics 30: 565-585, September 2000 PDE File

31. History and Coordination Failure (with  Debraj Ray), Journal of Economic Growth 3: 267-276, September 1998. PDF File  Reprinted in Dhilip Mookherjee and Debraj Ray (eds.) Readings in The Theory of Economic Development, Blackwell: London, pp. 84-93, December 2000.

32. Desempleo regional europeo. La interacción de la educación y el mercado de trabajo (with Carles Boix ), Cuadernos Economicos del ICE 63: 49-77, 1997.

Book Chapters:

1.                 Fertility Issues in Developed Countries (with Ana Ferrer), Handbook on Women and the Economy, edited by Susan L. Averett, Laura M. Argys, and Saul D. Hoffman, Oxford University Press. (July 2018)

2.                 Language and Migration (with Mariola Pytlikova) Chapter 12 in The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language edited by V. Ginsburgh and S. Weber,2016. Table of Contents

3.                 Immigrants and Demography: Marriage, Divorce, and Fertility (with Ana Ferrer) In Handbook on the Economics of International Migration, Volume 1, edited by B. R. Chiswick and P. W. Miller for the “Handbooks in Economics Series”, Kenneth J. Arrow and Michael D. Intriligator eds., Elsevier B.V., 2014

4.                 Section contributions “Southern Europe” and “Employment, Economic uncertainty and Fertility” to chapter 3 “Future fertility in Low fertility Countries” by S. Basten, T. Sobotka and K. Zeman. In World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Edited by Wolfgang Lutz, William P. Butz, and Samir KC (Oxford University Press, 2014).

5.                 Migrant Youth and Children of Migrants in a Globalized World. (with Marta Tienda), (Introductory paper)  Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Special Issue on Migrant Youth and Children of Migrants in a Globalized World, v643, September 2012

6.                 Fertility, Feminism and Faith: How are Secularism and economic Conditions Influencing Fertility in the West?. In Whither the Child? Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility. P. 1-28. Eric Kaufman and Bradford Wilcox (eds.) Paradigm Publishers, Colorado 2013. Review

7.                 The Fertility Decisions of Canadian Immigrants, (with Ana Ferrer). Canadian Research on Immigration. Edited by Arthur Sweetman, Ted McDonald and Elizabeth Ruddick, John Deutchs Institute of Economic Policy, Queen's University. McGill-Queen's Press 2010.  Book information  Book webpage is

8.                 What Matters for Education? Evidence for Catalonia, (with Maria Gutierrez-Domenech, Research Department, La Caixa Savings Bank, Barcelona), La Caixa Working Paper 2009

9.                 Constitutions and Democratic Breakdowns (with Carles Boix )). In Jose Maria Maravall and Ignacio Sanchez-Cuenca, Controlling Governments: Voters, Institutions, and Accountability. Cambridge University Press, 2008. Book information

10.             Fertility in Developed Countries. In L. Blume and S. Durlauf (eds.) The New PalgraveDictionary of Economics, 2nd edition. England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Dictionary webpage

11.             Kempo to Democracy no Hokai (jointly with Carles Boix and translated by Yuki Yanai,) pp. 82-117, In Hideko Magara & Masanobu Ido, eds., Veto Players and Policy Change (Kyohiken-Player to Seisaku Tenkan), Waseda University Press, 2007. In Japanese (English summaries)

12.             Canvi Demografic a Europa: la transformacio dels valors familiars i del mercat de treball in Centre d’Estudis Jordi Pujol (Ed.) Canvi Demografic i estat del benestar, Barcelona, 2007 Book information. Download Book

13.             Divergent Patterns in Immigrant Earnings across European Destinations (with Barry R. Chiswick) In Craig Parsons and Timothy Smeeding (eds.) Immigration and the Transformation of Europe, Cambridge University Press,  2006. Book information

14.             The Political Economy of Trade and Economic Integration: A Review Essay (with Carles Boix ). In R. Devlin and A. Estevadordal (eds.) Bridges for Development, 2003. pp. 75-92. John Hopkins University Press and Inter-American Development Bank.  Book Information

15.             Comment on “Are You Being Served? Political Accountability and Quality of Government”. Summarized in Global Corruption Report 2001, R. Hodess Ed., Transparency International 2001.Book information PDF File

16.             ¿Debemos elegir? Desempleo europeo, desigualdad americana y el impacto de la educación y las instituciones del mercado laboral (with Carles Boix) In: José María Maravall Herrero (ed.) Políticas de bienestar y desempleo, p. 263-284, Madrid 1999. Book information.

Special Issues:

Co-editor jointly with Marta Tienda. Special Issue on Migrant Youth and Children of Migrants in a Globalized World, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, v643, September 2012.


Guest editor jointly with Laura Bernardi, Amparo González Ferrer. Special Collection “A new look into the dynamics of mixed unions in EuropeDemographic Research (forthcoming 2019).


Guest editor jointly with Nadja Milewski. Special Collection “Fertility and children in minority populations: Migration, cultural diversity, and the reproduction of social inequalitiesJournal of International Migration and Integration (forthcoming 2020).