"Social Stratification Dynamics – Inter- and intragenerational processes" is a research project financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) through the Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM). The project is administered at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) and coordinated by Associate Professor Erik Bihagen. The project brings together economists and sociologists at SOFI that share an interest in social stratification and using register data.

September 2013

Michael Grätz, a PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, is visiting SUNSTRAT from September 1st till December 14th. His dissertation is about the impact of family characteristics on educational outcomes and he is especially interested in testing the compensatory class hypothesis. While in Stockholm, he will mainly collaborate with Juho Härkönen on the consequences of parental split-up for educational outcomes, and how these consequences depend on the social origin of the family. 

August 2013

Liliya Leopold, PhD researcher from the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, is visiting SUNSTRAT from the 25th 31st August. Her dissertation is about changing social inequality in health over the life course and across cohorts in developed societies. Her work with SOFI mainly involves a collaboration with Sara Kjellsson comparing how educational differences in health develop across lives and cohorts in Germany and Sweden. 

March 2013

Lindsey Macmillan, a lecturer in economics at the Institute of Education, University of London, is visiting SUNSTRAT from 11th– 22nd March. Lindsey recently completed her dissertation on intergenerational worklessness in the UK at the University of Bristol. Her research interests include intergenerational economic mobility and educational inequality. Her work with SOFI involves a collaboration with Carina Mood, Jan Jonsson and Paul Gregg comparing intergenerational economic mobility in the US, UK and Sweden.

January 2013

Liana Fox starts a two year post doc position within the SUNSTRAT project. Liana is joining SOFI from Columbia University where she recently completed her dissertation on intergenerational economic mobility disparities between black and white families in the United States. Prior to that, Liana worked at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington DC analyzing the impact of minimum wage and living wage policies. While at SOFI, Liana plans to use a comparative approach to explore underlying mechanisms, such as the roles of wealth, family composition, and race/ethnicity/immigration status to better understand how family background influences children’s economic outcomes.

Anton Lager from the Center for Health Equity Studies is visiting SUNSTRAT during January. He conducts research in population health with specific interests in life course, cognitive and mental health epidemiology as well as national public health policy. Within his work at SOFI he is primarily working with follow-up studies of the Swedish comprehensive school reform of the 1950's.

Roujman Shabazian starts a doctoral position within the SUNSTRAT project in January 2013. Shabazian has previously worked with wage structure statistics at Statistics Sweden. He will be attending the doctoral program at the department of Sociology.

December 2012

On December 11-12 SUNSTRAT will host its annual workshop where members of the research team,  our reference group and invited scholars will be attending.  The workshop will be held at Stockholm University, in the Geo-Science building (Geovetenskapens hus). "Högbomsalen" on Tuesday and "Nordenskiöldsalen" on Wednesday, both located on the 3rd floor in house U.

The presentations are open to everyone and the program can be found below.

Workshop program December 2012 (updated 20121206) (pdf). (534 Kb)

August 2012

Paul Lambert is visiting SUNSTRAT during 2 weeks in august/september. His research interests cover the analysis of social stratification and inequalities, particularly using occupation-based measures, and methodological topics concerned with the statistical analysis of large and complex social science datasets. His research project whilst at SOFI concerns using administrative data to try to estimate the relative influence of household and occupational social contexts upon people's future socio-economic outcomes