Larry Bumpass

Larry Bumpass

Norman B. Ryder Professor of Sociology, Emeritus
2440 Sewell Social Sciences
(608) 262-2182
Fax: (608) 262-8400

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications:
R. Rindfuss, M. K. Choe, L. Bumpass, and N.T. Tsuya. 2004 Social Networks and Family Change in Japan. American Sociological Review, 69:838-861.

Bumpass, L. 2002. Family-related attitudes, couple relationships, and union stability. in R. Lesthaeghe, ed. Meaning and Choice - Value Orientations and Life Cycle Decisions, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, Netherlands. pp 161-184.

Bumpass, L and Hsien-Hen Lu. 2000. "Trends in Cohabitation and Implications for Children's Family Contexts in the U.S." Population Studies 54:29-41

Musick, Kelly. and L. Bumpass. 1999. "How do prior experiences in the family affect transitions to adulthood?" Allan Booth, Ann C. Crouter, and Michael J. Shanahan, eds. Transitions to Adulthood in a Changing Economy: No work, no family, no future? Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers.

Bumpass, L. 1990. "What's happening to the family?: interactions between demographic and institutional change." Presidential Address, Annual Meetings of the Population Association of America. Demography 27:483-498.

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1968

Center for Demography and Ecology
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
Institute for Research on Poverty
Institute on Aging

Research Interest Statement:
Though emeritus, Bumpass continues his research on family transitions and wellbeing in the U.S, and on rapid family changes in Japan. Central themes include recent trends in cohabitation and in the time children spend in various family contexts, the stability of marital and cohabiting unions, and the comparison of family changes in East Asia to changes observed in the West. He is participating with colleagues at the East-West Center and Tokyo in the analysis of surveys in Japan that they designed and directed: a followup of a national survey conducted in 2000, and a new cross-sectional survey that uses the same instrument. With Jim Raymo, and with the EWC team, his research on Japan has documented and contiues to study increases in divorce and cohabitation, factors involved in the very low rates of marriage and childbearing, household task allocation and preferences for wive's employment, marital satisfaction, and family related attitudes, among other topics.