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Information for students and staff about the coronavirus

Information on the coronavirus in relation to Stockholm University's activities is updated continuously.

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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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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.

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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.

SOFI researchers in the media

  • PODCAST: Matthew Lindquist, professor of economics at SOFI, discusses his new research on the health effects of prison, in the latest episode of the Probable Causation podcast.
  • "Economists: We need to track the virus". Erik Lindqvist, professor of economics at SOFI, has together with five other economists published a debate article at SvD Debatt (in Swedish).
  • Johannna Rickne and Olle Folke at SOFI have together with American and Japanese researchers published a study showing that women are exposed to sexual harassment at work even when they are in leadership positions, which got attention in both Swedish media such as SvD, DN and Aftonbladet, as well as international media like CBS News and The Independent.
  • The new SOFI study showing a dramatic increase of the risk of ending up in poverty for single persons without children has been noticed in several news media, among others Swedish Radio Vetenskapsradion, Göteborgs-Posten and TT Nyhetsbyrån.
  • "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.

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Data sets at SOFI

LNU data set
SBC data set
SCIP data set
SPIN data set