Do parents want a boy or girl?

‘Do Australians want both a son and a daughter?’ is the topic of this year’s GS Watson annual public lecture to be presented by La Trobe University alumna, Dr Rebecca Kippen.

rebecca-kippenDr Kippen will discuss her findings of an analysis using Australian survey and census data on the question of gender preferences of Australian parents.

Deputy Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dr Simon Smith says that Dr Kippen has achieved great success since graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Business from La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus.

‘Dr Kippen has achieved considerable success in her field and has produced influential work in areas such as population forecasts and immigration. Her research provides soundly-based forecasts for future population trends under different scenarios in what is often an emotional public debate,’ said Dr Smith.

‘Since graduating from La Trobe University, Dr Kippen has undertaken postgraduate studies in demography at the Australian National University, where she now works as a Fellow in the ANU’s Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute,’ Dr Smith said.

Dr Smith said Dr Kippen has made a significant contribution to public debate in areas such as population growth and immigration.

The GS Watson Annual Lecture is a public lecture presented by La Trobe University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The lecture series is named in memory of Professor Geoffrey S Watson who was born and educated in Bendigo and whose distinguished career in the mathematical sciences saw him become Professor and Head of Department at Princeton University.

Interested community members are welcome to attend the lecture from 4.30 – 5.30 pm on Thursday 20 August in Room 3.03, Applied Science 1 Building.

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