The goal of the session is to bring together scholars interested in any aspect of the social and family networks of single men and women, as well as their role in economic development. Conversely, we also welcome scholars studying the impact of changing social and family networks on the ways in which singles coped with economic and social changes. Topics include (but are not limited to) the study of the safety networks on which single men and women relied, the socio-economic background of singles and the decision (or likelihood) to become one, as well as their influence on society, e.g. in terms of limiting the rates of fertility and population pressure, but also their influence on the development of new institutions (e.g. for old-age security), their role in changing investment patterns in human capital and in changes in labour markets, as well as their social and cultural status and material living arrangements.
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