James Raymo

Position title: Professor of Sociology

Email: jraymo@ssc.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-2783

4446 Sewell Social Sciences

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Research Interest Statement:

Raymo is currently engaged in three projects: In the first, his work on socioeconomic differentials in emerging family behaviors in Japan and the implications of these behaviors for subsequent well-being has demonstrated that, as in other low fertility societies, family outcomes with potentially negative implications for subsequent well-being are increasingly concentrated at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum in Japan. In another project, he evaluates the ways in which work experiences across the life course are associated with when and how older Americans retire. In his third project, he examines relationships between employment status, family circumstances, and well-being at older ages in Japan. With high rates of later-life labor force participation, Japan is a potentially valuable source of insight for countries seeking to promote extended labor force participation.


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan, 2000

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Aging and the Life Course, Demography and Ecology, Family, Methods and Statistics, Social Stratification


Soc 357 Methods of Sociological Inquiry
Soc 365 Computing in Sociological Research
Soc 674 Elementary Demographic Techniques
Soc 693 Practicum in Analysis and Research
Soc 971 Family and Household Demography
Soc 997 Demography and Ecology Training Seminar

Other Campus Affiliations:

Center for Demography and Ecology
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
Center for East Asian Studies
Institute on Aging

Selected Publications:

Raymo, James, and Akihisa Shibata. 2017. “Unemployment, Nonstandard Employment, and Fertility: Insights from Japan’s “Lost 20 Years” Demography 54(6): 2301-29. PMCID 5949204.

Lim, Sojung, and James Raymo. 2016. “Marriage and Women’s Health in Japan.” Journal of Marriage and Family 78(3): 780-96. PMCID in process.

Raymo, James. 2016. “Single Motherhood and Children’s Health and School Performance in Japan.” Marriage and Family Review 52(1-2): 64-88. PMCID 6070156. NIHMS ID 981959.

Warren, James, Liying Luo, Andrew Halpern-Manners, James Raymo, and Alberto Palloni. 2015. “Do Different Methods for Modeling Age-Graded Trajectories Yield Consistent and Valid Results?”120(6): 1809-56. PMCID 5431596.

Raymo, James, Marcy Carlson, Alicia VanOrman, So-jung Lim, Brienna Perelli-Harris, and Miho Iwasawa. 2015. “Educational Differences in Early Childbearing: A Cross-National Comparative Study.” Demographic Research 33: 65-92. PMCID 6075669.

Raymo, James, Kelly Musick, and Miho Iwasawa. 2015. “Gender Equity, Opportunity Costs of Parenthood, and Educational Differences in Unintended First Births: Insights from Japan.” Population Research and Policy Review 34(2): 179-99. PMCID 4406482.

Halpern-Manners, Andrew, John Warren, James Raymo, and Adam Nicholson. 2015. “The Impact of Work and Family Life Histories on Economic Well-Being at Older Ages.” Social Forces 93(4): 1369-96. NIHMS ID 982818.

Raymo, James. 2015.  “Living Alone in Japan: Relationships with Happiness and Health.” Demographic Research 32: 1267-98. PMCID. NIHMS ID 981978.

Raymo, James, Hyunjoon Park, Yu Xie, and Wei-jun Jean Yeung. 2015. “Marriage and Family in East Asia: Continuity and Change.” Annual Review of Sociology 41: 471-92. PMCID 6070151.

Vogelsang, Eric, and James Raymo. 2014. “Local-Area Age Structure and Population Composition: Implications for Elderly Health in Japan.” Journal of Health and Aging 26(2): 155-77. PMCID 4096247.

So-Jung, Lim, Raymo, James. 2014. “Nonstandard Work and Educational Differentials in Married Women’s Employment in Japan.” International Journal of Sociology 44(3): 84-107. NIHMS ID 984731.

Raymo, James, Hyunjoon Park, Miho Iwasawa, and Yanfei Zhou. 2014.  “Single Motherhood, Living Arrangements, and Time with Children in Japan.” Journal of Marriage and Family 76(4): 843-61. PMCID 4128508.

Shirahase, Sawako, Raymo, James. 2014.  “Single Mothers and Poverty in Japan: The Role of Intergenerational Coresidence.” Social Forces 93(2): 545-69. PMCID 6078430.