Center for Family and Demographic Research
Development of countries is not merely an economic issue – cultural and social advancement, based on the foundation of demographic growth, are at least equally important components of this process. However, demographic development is not possible without restoring the importance of the family as the basic and most important social institution, as it was understood for years by thinkers who created the basic concepts of our civilization, such as Aristotle or St. Thomas Aquinas. The lack of demographic development and the collapse of the family is a huge social and economic cost, related to the costs incurred by the state to counteract the effects of this phenomenon (especially in countries where the idea of the welfare state is strongly developed) and the costs of lost opportunities – human, productive, but also investment attractiveness or consumption potential. The collapse of the family, the basic social unit, is, above all, a threat to the cultural and, in the long run, also to the formal cohesion and existence of each country as an individual, independent being. As part of the work of the Center for Family and Demographic Research, we will conduct social and demographic research, as well as propose systemic and legal solutions supporting the family at the national and international level.
Fields of research to be targeted:
- Economic impact of marriage and correct functioning of family, including the implications for the market and the financial affairs of the state – this topic has already been taken up in the first volume of the Collegium Intermarium Reports series, the report on the cost of family and marriage breakdown.
- Demographic crisis in the context of religiousness and secularization of western societies.
- Effectiveness of various policies, regulations and actions of the state in stimulating demographic growth.
- Influence of family structure on wellbeing and health of individuals.
- Implications of various models of upbringing on wellbeing of individuals and on their abilities to cope with difficulties and take up responsibilities of adulthood, in context of starting a family, taking up work and capability of leadership of the state.