Sinn Won Han

Hello there! My name is Sinn Won and I am a postdoctoral associate in Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University.

Before joining Brooks School, I obtained my doctoral degree in Sociology at Harvard University.

I am a social and political demographer who explores the patterns, causes, and consequences of the low fertility in developed nations. Under this overarching topic, my ongoing research investigates three themes: (1) Whether and how does the radius of trust matter for fertility? (2) Is the conservative "fertility advantage" really the case in advanced democracies, as some politicians and right-wing commentators put it? (3) Do sustained low fertility and population aging retard economic growth? If so, does the decline in "economic dynamism" (e.g., declining technological innovations and entrepreneurship) mediates the two phenomena?

My doctoral dissertation, The Normative Foundations of Postindustrial Fertility Variation, explored the sources of the cross-country variations in fertility levels. Questions that I addressed in my dissertation include (1) whether and how individuals' views and perceptions towards childbearing are shaped by the normative context that valorizes the desirable roles of men and women, and (2) how people's gender ideologies and visions of family life have "co-evolved" in postindustrial societies.

My previous research projects attempted to (1) explain diverging fertility trends in postindustrial regions of Europe since the 1990s (Population and Development Review) and (2) analyze cross-national trends in college-educated women's educational hypogamy (Demography).

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