Dr Michael Grätz

Email: michael.gratz@sofi.su.se
Address: Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University, 106 91 Stockholm


I am a researcher at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University and at the Institute for Futures Studies (IF), Stockholm. Before coming to Stockholm, I worked at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. I received my PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI) in 2015.

My research contributes to our understanding of the intergenerational transmission of advantage. For this purpose, I conduct both descriptive studies estimating differences in social mobility across countries, over time, and between groups within societies as well as causal studies that identify the effects of institutions on social mobility. A particular emphasis of my work is on socioeconomic differences in the impact of demographic factors, such as parental separation, and differences between siblings on children. Furthermore, my research explores which mechanisms underlie the intergenerational transmission of advantage, in particular the contribution of parenting to this process.


Child Development, Education, Family Sociology, Social Demography, Social Stratification and Mobility, Quantitative Methods and Research Design

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Grätz, Michael. Competition in the Family: Inequality between Siblings and the Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Advantage. Sociological Science, 5, 246–269. DOI: 10.15195/v5.a.


Grätz, Michael. Does Separation Really Lead Fathers and Mothers to be Less Involved in their Children’s Lives? European Sociological Review, 33, 551–562. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcx058.

Grätz, Michael, and Fabrizio Bernardi. 2017. Parental Responses to Disadvantageous Life Events: The Month of Birth Penalty in England. In Jani Erola and Elina Kilpi-Jakonen (Eds.), Social Inequality across the Generations: The Role of Resource Compensation and Multiplication in Resource Accumulation. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.


Grätz, Michael, and Florencia Torche. 2016. Compensation or Reinforcement? The Stratification of Parental Responses to Children’s Early Ability. Demography, 53, 1883–1904. DOI: 10.1007/s13524-016-0527-1.

Grätz, Michael, and Reinhard Pollak. 2016. Legacies of the Past: Social Origin, Educational Attainment and Labour-Market Outcomes in Germany. In Fabrizio Bernardi and Gabriele Ballarino (Eds.), Education, Occupation and Social Origin: A Comparative Analysis of the Transmission of Socio-Economic Inequalities. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.


Grätz, Michael. When Growing Up Without a Parent Does Not Hurt: Parental Separation and the Compensatory Effect of Social Origin. European Sociological Review, 31, 546–557. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcv057.

Bernardi, Fabrizio, and Michael Grätz. Making Up for an Unlucky Month of Birth in School: Causal Evidence on the Compensatory Advantage of Family Background in England. Sociological Science, 2, 235–251. DOI: 10.15195/v2.a12.

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