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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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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.

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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.

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