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Men face a greater risk of ethnic discrimination in the labour market

Men with foreign-sounding names applying for a job receive significantly fewer responses to their applications than female applicants with a foreign-sounding name.

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Why do girls opt out of math in school?

In school, girls in general outperform boys in math-related fields. But even when girls have a relatively higher ability in math, they more often choose other education trajectories.

Mental health problems in school linked to greater risk of exclusion from society

Teenagers that experience mental health problems during secondary school are less likely to be in employment or in education as young adults, compared to those with few symptoms, a new study show.

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Time for the sixth round of SWEOLD

The SWEOLD survey has been running since 1992 and aims to investigate changes in the living conditions of the population over 75. The researchers behind the study can now describe developments over the past 30 years, a period during which there have been clear changes in welfare.

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How racial wage discrimination of football players ended in England

A new study in economics used data from the English Premier League to investigate the impact of the so-called “Bosman ruling”, and found that racial discrimination disappeared – but not for non-EU players.

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"It is important that people's own voices are heard"

The seventh round of the Living Standards Survey (LNU) at SOFI is currently contucted. Carina Mood, Professor of Sociology, talks about the work of collecting people's own voices about their living conditions.

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Friendships across class boundaries can influence political views - regardless of your own class

The class background of people in your social circles seems to have an effect on your political attitudes – regardless of which social class you belong to yourself.

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Risk of developing depression declined during the first Covid-19 lockdown in Denmark

Fewer were in the risk zone for developing stress or depression in the weeks following the Danish lockdown compared to the weeks prior to lockdown. But challenges in everyday life increased for many.

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Children with less economic resources more often have poorer relationships with classmates

Having less money or not being able to participate in activities that cost money is linked to an increased risk of a poor social situation at school. These are the results of a new dissertation from Stockholm University.

Två syskon leker i skogen, de balanserar på en trädstam

We follow our older siblings' choice of higher education

In a new study from the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University Researchers have been able to isolate a direct effect, and measure how an older sibling's educational experience affects the choices of younger siblings.

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Large social network increases young people’s chance of getting a job

A large social network increases the possibility of a successful job search among young adults. Having a social network often makes us use that kind of contacts more than employment agencies.

Cassandra Engeman

A higher level of trade union membership speeds up adoption of family leave policies

Societies where more workers are members of a trade union tend to get policies for family leave adopted faster than otherwise. These are the results of a new study.

A bottle of red wine and at broken wine glass. Foto: Iyrii Seleznev

Alcohol-related mortality affects people with lower education more

When the alcohol consumption in society increases, alcohol-related deaths also increases. But the increase is not equally spread in the entire population, it particularly affects people with lower education.

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A large lottery win makes us more content with life – but not necessarily happier

To win a large sum of money from a lottery makes people feel more satisfied with their life, and this effect lasts a long time, according to a new study from the Swedish Institute for Social Research.

The gender wage gap – worst in high-prestige occupations

The wage gap between women and men are biggest among occupations with high prestige, a study in sociology show. Unlike in other occupational groups the difference has not decreased in this category.

Women in leadership positions face more sexual harassment

Power in the workplace does not stop women’s exposure to sexual harassment. On the contrary, women with supervisory positions are harassed more than women employees.

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.

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