FAS-centre: Social Change and Inequality across the Life Course: Sweden in Comparative Perspective

Project leader

Funding source

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

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2007
End date: 31/12/2011
Funding: 27500000 SEK


The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) brings economists and sociologists together to study the causes, processes, and outcomes of inequality and social change. The researchers share a life-course perspective on these processes and outcomes. They also share an interest in comparative cross-national research that will be conducted in international research networks. Specific Swedish policies, such as a recent pension reform, two educational reforms and family policies will be examined.

The program contains a large number of projects that will examine how skills and values are generated, used and valued in different life-course phases. The importance of childhood conditions and family structure will be studied with new data. The role of the schooling system for the level and distribution of skills are central to our interest in the driving forces behind income inequality. The matching of skills to jobs in the labor market and the returns to good and bad matches will be examined in cross-national research with comparable data. Work-family reconciliation will be investigated from both macro and micro perspectives. Retirement from the labor market and how it is affected by pension regime is the topic in several projects. Finally, we will investigate what lies behind the strong association behind socio-economic status and mortality.

SOFI research has an empirical focus and thus needs good data to pursue its goals. The longitudinal Level of Living Surveys will be continued during the program period as well as data collection on the rights and duties accorded to citizens in major social insurance programs in several countries. These data are collected at SOFI but are made available to other researchers. SOFI researchers have also invested in learning to use Swedish register data. Further, their future research will benefit from new modules in the European Social Survey, which have been developed jointly with researchers in cross-national networks.

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