• 439 Citations

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Sociologist Julia Behrman’s research explores the relationship between inequality in educational opportunity and demographic processes, with emphasis on fertility and family formation. Much of her work is motivated by a central question: How does family background shape educational opportunities, and in turn, how does education shape fertility, family formation, and the intergenerational transmission of inequality? Her work takes an international comparative perspective that focuses on contexts in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia undergoing rapid economic, social, and demographic change. More recent work has explored the interplay between international migration and family change among migrants from high-fertility African and Asian countries to lower-fertility European countries.


Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, New York University

… → 2017

Sociology, MA, New York University

… → 2014

Anthropology & Development, MSc, The London School of Economics and Political Science

… → 2008

Sociology, BA, Williams College

… → 2006

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  • Research Output

  • Contextual Declines in Educational Hypergamy and Intimate Partner Violence

    Behrman, J. A., Mar 1 2019, In : Social Forces. 97, 3, p. 1257-1282 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Global Family Change: Persistent Diversity with Development

    GFC team, Mar 2019, In : Population and Development Review. 45, 1, p. 133-168 36 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    3 Scopus citations
  • Do shocks affect men's and women's assets differently? Evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda

    Quisumbing, A. R., Kumar, N. & Behrman, J. A., Jan 2018, In : Development Policy Review. 36, 1, p. 3-34 32 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 9 Scopus citations