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Welcome to SOFI

Our research is focused on social policy, welfare, inequality, and the labour market. More on SOFIs research here.

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Singles without children new risk group for poverty in Sweden

While the risk of poverty among single parents has long been known to be a problem, a new study from the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) shows that single persons without children also faced a drastic increase in poverty risk. The researchers can now link this increase in poverty to cutbacks in the unemployment insurance.

Researcher Susan Niknami

What happens to children with parents in prison?

Approximately one out of ten children who come from a poor background experience at least one time during childhood an arresting of their parent. There is an ongoing study at SOFI on how the life chances of these children are affected.

In Memoriam Åsa Rosén

Professor Åsa Rosén, who worked at the Institute for Social Research (SOFI) from 1999 to 2016, has passed away at the age of 57.

SOFI reseachers in the media

  • "A woman who earns less than her partner or doesn’t work at all when they get married is significantly more likely to get divorced if her career suddenly takes off". The Quartz magazine writes about a study by our professor Johanna Rickne and Olle Folke at Uppsala University. Read the article here.

Latest publications

  • Nieuwenhuis, R., Van Lancker, W., Collado, D., & Cantillon, B. (n.d.). Trends in Women’s Employment and Poverty Rates in OECD Countries: A Kitagawa–Blinder–Oaxaca Decomposition. Italian Economic Journal, 25
  • Wadensjö, Eskil. Recension av: Nikesh Shukla (ed.): The Good Immigrant: 21 Writers Explore What It Means to Be Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic in Britain Today, Unbound, 2016, and Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman (eds.): The Good Immigrant USA: 26 Writers Reflect on America, Little, Brown and Company, 2019 i Ekonomisk Debatt, Vol. 47(6), pp. 65-67.
  • Erikson, R. 2019. "How does education depend on the social origin?" In  R, Becker (ed). Research handbook on sociology of education. Edward Elgar. 35-56.
  • Hjalmarsson, R. & Lindquist, M. J. 2019. ”The Causal Effects of Military Conscription on Crime,” The Economic Journal 129(622), 2522-2562.
  • Evertsson, M. & Grunow, D. 2019. “Swimming against the tide or going with the flow? Stories on work-care practices, parenting norms and the importance of policies in a changing Europe”, in Grunow, D. and M. Evertsson (eds.), New Parents in Europe: Work-Care Practices, Gender Norms and Family Policies. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Çelikaksoy, A. & Wadensjö, E. 2019. “Refugee youth who arrived in Sweden as unaccompanied minors and separated children: Education and labour market well-being”, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Vol. 9(2), pp. 179–200.
  • Erlandsson, A. 2019. “Do Men Favor Men in Recruitment? A Field Experiment in the Swedish Labor Market”, Work and Occupations, 46(3), 239–264.