Social Inequality and Social Structure Analysis

The newly established working group “Social Inequality and Social Structure Analysis” studies the dynamics of inequality in life course trajectories of men and women. We analyze how institutional and technological changes shape individuals’ life chances, often in a long-term perspective. We employ advanced quantitative methods, such as panel and multilevel analysis.

Another focus is the intergenerational reproduction of inequalities. How does the family of origin shape early and later life inequalities? How are family dynamics related to children’s abilities and educational outcomes? To answer these questions we analyze sibling and twin data.

Current research topics:

  • Dynamics of intragenerational mobility  
  • Long term trends in social inequality
  • Gender inequalities
  • Tasks, skills and careers
  • Family, intergenerational transmission and the early life course