Who is recruited to the labour market elite? A longitudinal study of top-salary employees in Sweden

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2007
End date: 31/12/2009
Funding: 3300000 SEK


The elite in the Swedish labour market consists mainly of late middle-aged men. Also, individuals with working class or immigrant background are under represented in the elite. Despite a reputation of being a relatively gender equal country, earlier research indicates that the private sector elite is more male dominated in the Swedish labour market than in the United States and the United Kingdom. The overall purpose of this project is twofold: i) to better understand the mechanisms behind the skewed recruitment to the elite, and ii) to study if there is a tendency towards equalization over time. The project will study recruitment to the elite in the Swedish labour market between 1993 and 2003 focusing on the importance of gender, social class, and immigrant background. Elite position is defined by combining wage data, as indicator of relative position within the work organization, and occupational information. Our access to data covering the whole nation in the STAR database (Sweden over Time – Activities and Relations) gives us an opportunity to link anonymized register data to individuals over time, but also to their families, potential networks, work places, and local labour markets. Hence, mechanisms of statistical discrimination, human capital, homosociality and social networks can be explored in a fruitful way. The project will consist of two sub projects;

I. The labour market elite: stability and change between 1993 and 2003 - A cross-sectional approach. The purpose is to carry out an extensive descriptive analysis of the labour market elite and potential changes between 1993 and 2003.

II. New recruitment to the elite in private companies and public administration between 1993 and 2003 - A longitudinal approach. The purpose is to investigate whether individual’s probability to be recruited to the elite varies depending on demographic characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, and social background.

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