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I am a demographer and social statistician. My main research interest is in life course research and in applying and developing advanced statistical tools to improve understanding of individual behaviours and attitudes. I am interested in identifying and studying the impact of events and circumstances on life trajectories and decision making process.

My work appears in leading journals in demography (Demographic Research), health and ageing (Social Science and Medicine, European Journal of Ageing, and Journal of Ageing and Health) and applied statistics (Computational Statistics and Data Analysis).

As of April 2021, I am Research Fellow and lecturer in Social Demography at Bocconi University Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics. I am adjunct lecturer at University of Lausanne (CH).  Previously, I was senior researcher at Swiss National Center of Competence in Research LIVES – University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Lecturer at University of Neuchâtel (CH). I am affiliated at the University of Queensland – ARC Center of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life Course  – the Life Course Center in Australia as LCC Fellow as well where I was Research Fellow in Social Statistics.

I am currently Associated Editor at the Longitudinal and Life Course Studies journal in the Methodology and Statistics Section. I serve as Assistant Editor for the Editor in Chief at Advances in Life Course Research Journal as well.

I hold a PhD in Social Science – Demography awarded at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). My PhD dissertation was around Markov-based models and their application for life course studies.

I hold a BA and MSc in Economics and Social Science at Bocconi University (IT) with a master thesis on a comparative analysis of social norms in Europe.

I worked as quantitative researcher and consultant in Italy supporting the activities of public authorities and third sector in planning and evaluating social policies and services and in carrying out social surveys.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Statistics for Social Sciences and Health Research
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Social and Family Demography
  • Life Course Studies
  • Decision-Making Process
  • Health and Ageing
  • Hidden Markov Models and Sequence Analysis

Last Papers Out!

Testa, M.R. and Bolano, D. (2021). When partners’ disagreement prevents childbearing: a couple-level analysis in Australia. Demography Research, 44(33). doi: 10.4054/DemRes.2021.44.33

Bolano, D., and Berchtold A. (forthcoming). The Analysis of Inequality in Life Trajectories: an Integration of Two Approaches. In Pollock G., and Nico M. (Eds) Routledge Handbook on Inequalities and the Life Course – Routledge

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