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Cambridge Public Health


Reader in Quantitative Sociology
I'm interested in families: family structure, family dynamics, family relationships, and the protective effect of families (and in particular, secure family relationships) on outcomes including economic, health and wellbeing.
I've worked extensively on the effects of different infant feeding styles in early childhood, and have an ongoing interest in parenting styles in general.

Publications from Elements

Journal articles


  • Borra, C., Iacovou, M. and Sevilla, A., 2023. Adolescent development and the math gender gap European Economic Review, v. 158
  • 2019

  • Mak, HW. and Iacovou, M., 2019. Dimensions of the Parent-Child Relationship: Effects on Substance Use in Adolescence and Adulthood. Subst Use Misuse,
  • Iacovou, M. and Davia, MA., 2019. Who supports whom? Do adult children living at home share their incomes with their parents? Advances in Life Course Research, v. 40
  • 2017 (Accepted for publication)

  • Auspurg, K., Iacovou, M. and Nicoletti, C., 2017 (Accepted for publication). Housework share between partners: Experimental evidence on gender-specific preferences Social Science Research,
  • 2015

  • Borra, C., Iacovou, M. and Sevilla, A., 2015. New evidence on breastfeeding and postpartum depression: the importance of understanding women's intentions. Matern Child Health J, v. 19
  • 2013

  • Kelly, Y., Iacovou, M., Quigley, MA., Gray, R., Wolke, D., Kelly, J. and Sacker, A., 2013. Light drinking versus abstinence in pregnancy - behavioural and cognitive outcomes in 7-year-old children: a longitudinal cohort study. BJOG, v. 120
  • Iacovou, M. and Sevilla, A., 2013. Infant feeding: the effects of scheduled vs. on-demand feeding on mothers' wellbeing and children's cognitive development The European Journal of Public Health, v. 23
  • Sacker, A., Kelly, Y., Iacovou, M., Cable, N. and Bartley, M., 2013. Breast feeding and intergenerational social mobility: what are the mechanisms? Arch Dis Child, v. 98
  • 2012

  • Borra, C., Iacovou, M. and Sevilla, A., 2012. The effect of breastfeeding on children's cognitive and noncognitive development Labour Economics, v. 19
    Doi: 10.1016/j.labeco.2012.05.007
  • Figari, F., Iacovou, M., Skew, AJ. and Sutherland, H., 2012. Approximations to the Truth: Comparing Survey and Microsimulation Approaches to Measuring Income for Social Indicators Social Indicators Research, v. 105
    Doi: 10.1007/s11205-010-9775-4
  • 2011 (Published online)

  • Iacovou, M. and Skew, AJ., 2011 (Published online). Household composition across the new Europe: Where do the new Member States fit in? Demographic Research, v. 25
    Doi: 10.4054/demres.2011.25.14
  • 2011

  • Iacovou, M. and Tavares, LP., 2011. Yearning, Learning, and Conceding: Reasons Men and Women Change Their Childbearing Intentions Population and Development Review, v. 37
    Doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4457.2011.00391.x
  • 2010

  • Iacovou, M., 2010. Leaving home: Independence, togetherness and income Advances in Life Course Research, v. 15
    Doi: 10.1016/j.alcr.2010.10.004
  • 2009

  • Iacovou, M., 2009. Cross-national comparative research with longitudinal data: research into youth poverty Twenty-First Century Society, v. 4
    Doi: 10.1080/17450140903000266
  • 2008

  • Iacovou, M., 2008. Family Size, Birth Order, and Educational Attainment Marriage & Family Review, v. 42
    Doi: 10.1300/j002v42n03_03
  • 2007

  • Aassve, A., Davia, MA., Iacovou, M. and Mazzuco, S., 2007. Does Leaving Home Make You Poor? Evidence from 13 European Countries European Journal of Population / Revue européenne de Démographie, v. 23
    Doi: 10.1007/s10680-007-9135-5
  • 2006 (Published online)

  • Aassve, A., Iacovou, M. and Mencarini, L., 2006 (Published online). Youth poverty and transition to adulthood in Europe Demographic Research, v. 15
    Doi: 10.4054/demres.2006.15.2
  • 2002

  • IACOVOU, M., 2002. Regional Differences in the Transition to Adulthood The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, v. 580
    Doi: 10.1177/0002716202580001003
  • Iacovou, M., 2002. Class Size in the Early Years: Is Smaller Really Better? Education Economics, v. 10
    Doi: 10.1080/09645290210127499
  • Book chapters

    2018 (No publication date)

  • Iacovou, M., 2018 (No publication date). Does your mother know? Staying out late and risky behaviours among 10-15 year-olds
  • 2017

  • Iacovou, M. and Lynn, P., 2017. Design and implementation issues to improve the research value of the longitudinal component of EU-SILC
  • Iacovou, M., 2017. Young People’s experiences of employment and unemployment across Europe evidence from the EU- SILC
  • 2016

  • Iacovou, M., 2016. Household composition, poverty and Hardship across Europe
  • Iacovou, M., 2016. Household structure and AROPE
  • 2011

  • Iacovou, M., Ermisch, J. and Skew, A., 2011. Family Relationships
  • 2010

  • Iacovou, M. and Skew, A., 2010. Household Structure in the EU
  • 2004

  • Iacovou, M., 2004. Patterns of family living
  • Iacovou, M., Spiess, CK. and Uunk, W., 2004. Family effects on the extent of employment and employment changes
  • Books


  • Berthoud, R. and Iak_vou, M., 2004. Social Europe Living Standards and Welfare States