The Complexity of Employment & Family Life Courses across 20th Century Europe: An Update

December 5, 2019
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It is a common perception in public debate that lives have become more unstable over the past decades. The authors put this to a broad empirical test using data from 30 European countries to ask, whether family life and employment have indeed become more unstable over time, or if differences across countries remain greater. The … Read more

Why is there an educational gradient in union dissolution? The strain thesis revisited

November 26, 2019
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This study finds that lower educated couples are more likely to separate than their better educated peers, because they experience strain across multiple aspects of their life, including work, finance, social relationships, health and housing. The research shows that lower educated couples are not in themselves more likely to separate, but rather face a range … Read more

Parenthood Wage Gaps across the Life-Course: An Intersectional Comparison by Gender and Race

October 8, 2019
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This paper investigates the wage penalties and premiums for parents and how they play out over their lives depending on how many children they have and their race and gender. The research uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79 and NLSY97) to map parenthood wage gaps for men and women aged 20-45 … Read more

Intersectional inequalities in work and family life courses by gender and race

October 8, 2019
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This paper looks at the different privileges and constraints that men and women face as they juggle the demands of jobs and careers with having a family. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79), the researchers examine the gender and race inequalities facing people in the United States and show that, in … Read more

Alessandro Di Nallo: Job loss and divorce: worse for disadvantaged couples?

September 25, 2019
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Download this episode In Episode 12 of the DIAL Podcast, Alessandro Di Nallo from the University of Lausanne talks about his research looking at the links between job loss and divorce for couples to see if the likelihood of separating is greater for more or less advantaged couples. The heterogeneous effect of job loss on union … Read more

Dilnoza Muslimova: Birth rank – does it make a difference?

September 16, 2019
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Download this episode In Episode 11 of the DIAL Podcast, Dilnoza Muslimova from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam talks about birth rank, genes and how well children get on in life and whether and how parental investment matters.  Birth rank, genes and later life outcomes was presented at the DIAL Mid Term Conference in June 2019 … Read more

Michael Grätz: Siblings and their incomes – the same or different over the life course?

September 9, 2019
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Download this episode In Episode 10 of the Dial Podcast, Michael Grätz from the University of Stockholm talks about sibling similarity in income and what that tells us about their life chances later on.  The research, which uses Administrative Data in Sweden and is published as a Working Paper, was also presented at the DIAL mid term … Read more

Country report: Sweden

August 27, 2019
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The DAISIE project explores the gendered impacts of policies and practices aimed at extending working life (EWL) in five contrasting national settings (the Czech Republic, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK), using a mixed methods research design inspired by insights from life-course and gender studies. The project addresses two significant and timely issues: labour market … Read more

Nirosha Varghese: Sleep tight! Does a baby’s sleep matter for how they get on at school later on?

August 22, 2019
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Download this episode In Episode 9 of the DIAL Podcast, Nirosha Varghese from Bocconi University discusses her research looking at the links between early childhood sleep and how children get on at school later on. Further information: Early childhood sleep and later cognitive human capital is Marie Curie funded research analysing the relationship between early sleep problems … Read more

The many faces of inequality – highlights from the dial mid-term conference

August 15, 2019
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This summary captures a three-day programme of presentations and panel discussions at the mid-term conference organised by Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course (DIAL), which took place from 6–8 June 2019 in Turku, Finland. The conference brought together over 90 researchers from many of the DIAL research projects as well as representatives from various international … Read more

Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course (DIAL) is a multi-disciplinary research programme consisting of thirteen European projects. The projects examine the sources, structures and consequences of inequalities in contemporary societies. The programme is funded by NORFACE for the period 2017–2021.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724363

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