I am currently a research scientist at the Vienna Institute of Demography, moving to the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research soon. My research interests lie at the intersection of demography and sociology; my work investigates family formation processes, fertility, and gendered outcomes such as work divisions in families or gender inequality in education outcomes. Lots of my work has been focused on couples. So far, it suggests that the couple emerges as a meaningful unit for analyzing family processes, beyond what can be understood when looking at both partners individually. For instance, her and his joint educational capital or whether partners gender attitudes match seem to play an important role for when and whether the partners will have children or divide caring for their children. The FERTUFORM project aims at investigating the role of early life preferences, more specifically the desired number of children during adolescence, for union formation and childbearing trajectories.
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Sarah Hayford studies family formation and reproductive health, primarily in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. She is interested in how people make plans about these behaviors and who is able to carry out these plans. For example, in one ongoing project, Hayford is exploring race-ethnic differences in unintended childbearing in the United States. Another project compares the influences of community norms and women’s empowerment on mother’s plans for their daughters’ circumcision in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, she is beginning a large cross-national data collection project studying the impact of parental migration on children’s socioemotional development, educational outcomes, and family formation behaviors in Mexico, Mozambique, and Nepal.
Sarah Hayford is Associate Professor at the Ohio State University