John Ermisch

Emeritus Professor of Family Demography

College: Nuffield

Research Areas: Family Sociology.

Member of Research Streams

  • Research methods
  • Demography

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Email: John Ermisch

Tel.: 01865 281921

John Ermisch's research is concerned with the structure and dynamics of families and their interaction with wider society. His recent research has studied the allocation of resources within the family, the transmission of advantage across generations, non-marital childbearing, the interaction of child support and non-resident fathers' contact with their children, the impact of family ties on trust in strangers and the effect of fertility expectations on residential mobility. Currently he is studying the intergenerational exchange of in-kind support, including the geographic proximity of parents to children, the impacts of interactions with friends, families and neighbours on older people's well-being and the effect of family ties on residential mobility. He is co-investigator for the ESRC-supported project called Life Course and Family Dynamics in a Comparative Perspective. It is a cross-national study involving partners from China, the Netherlands and Germany as well as the UK. A primary objective is to compare the dynamics of changes over the life course at four key stages: child development and schooling; the transition to adulthood; security, insecurity and well- being in midlife; and intergenerational support in later life. In addition, an equally important aim of the project is the creation of a harmonised, documented longitudinal dataset for the four countries

From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage
John Ermisch, Markus Jantti and Tim Smeeding, 2012
New York: Russell Sage Foundation

An Economic Analysis of the Family
John Ermisch, 2003
Princeton University Press

Residential proximity of parents and their adult offspring in the United Kingdom, 2009-10
T.W. Chan and John Ermisch, 2015
Population Studies, forthcoming.

Proximity of couples to parents: influences of gender, labor market and family,
T.W. Chan and John Ermisch, 2015
Demography Vol. 52(2): 379-399.

Parents' health and children's help,
John Ermisch, 2014.
Advances in Life Course Research Vol. 22: 15 -26.

The effect of parental employment on child schooling,
John Ermisch and Marco Francesconi, 2013.
Journal of Applied Econometrics, Vol. 28(5): 796–822.

Intrafamily Resource Allocations: A Dynamic Structural Model of Birth Weight,
Emilia Del Bono , John Ermisch and Marco Francesconi, 2012
Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 30(3):657-706

Residential mobility: Wealth, demographic and housing market effects
John Ermisch and Elizabeth Washbrook, 2012
Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 59(5): 483-499

Do Strong Family Ties Inhibit Trust?
John Ermisch and Diego Gambetta, 2010
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol. 75: 365–376

Measuring People's Trust
John Ermisch, Diego Gambetta, Heather Laurie, Thomas Siedler and SC Noah Uhrig, 2009
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, Vol. 172 : 749-769

Friendship Ties and Geographic Mobility: Evidence from Great Britain
Michele Belot and John Ermisch, 2009
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, Vol. 172: 427-444

The Rising share of Non-marital Births: Is It Only Compositional Effects?
John Ermisch, 2009
Demography, Vol. 46: 193-202

Intra-household Allocation of Resources: Inferences From Non-resident Fathers' Child Support Payments
John Ermisch and Chiara Pronzato, 2008
The Economic Journal, Vol. 118: 347-362

Child Support and Non-resident Fathers' Contact With Their Children
John Ermisch, 2008
Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 2: 827-853

Intergenerational Economic Mobility and Assortative Mating
John Ermisch, Marco Francesconi and Thomas Siedler, 2006
The Economic Journal, Vol. 116 : 659-679