March 19, 2021

SEED examines differences in early child development, specifically oral language skills and socio-emotional development. These manifest as social inequalities which, for many, persist through childhood and into work. The project has two principal objectives: Identify the mechanisms through which changing social inequalities impact on children’s oral language and socio-emotional development; Identify the implications that these evolving … Read more


March 19, 2021

TRISP develops structural household life-cycle models in macroeconomic environments to evaluate the effects of inequality in income, wealth, hours worked and consumption on welfare, and to quantitatively decompose the trends in inequality into their various sources. We then use these models to evaluate the impact of fiscal and monetary policies on inequality and to characterize … Read more


March 19, 2021

PremLife investigates what factors provide protection and increase resilience for preterm children’s life course outcomes. Preterm birth is an increasingly important cause of inequality in Europe. Incidence rates and survival after preterm birth have increased while rates of adverse outcomes across the lifespan remain. The project considers protective/resiliency factors at the individual, micro-system (family and … Read more


March 19, 2021

LIFETRACK aims to answer the following question: how and why do different educational systems, and in particular their various modes of educational tracking and sorting, influence the formation and reproduction of social inequalities over the life course? The project considers long-term consequences of tracking for final educational attainment and labour market outcomes. Thereby, it seeks to … Read more


March 19, 2021

IMCHILD analyses: How circumstances in childhood affect influential decisions which mark individuals’ transition to adulthood (educational and occupational choices, family formation etc.); How these decisions translate into social and economic outcomes (e.g. labour market performance, well-being, (early) retirement decisions) at later stages in life. We aim to identify causal mechanisms via which social and economic … Read more


March 17, 2021

EQUALLIVES analyzes how education, labor market and family choices interact to structure accumulated advantage and disadvantage over the life course. We focus on key turning points in early adulthood, examine their interrelation and explore the cumulative impact on individual and group inequalities. We explore how cross-country economic and institutional differences affect inequality outcomes and life courses.


March 17, 2021

CRITEVENTS studies the impact of two critical life events – job loss and union dissolution – on the life trajectories of adults and their children. The main objectives are to understand: How job loss and union dissolution contribute to the accumulation of (dis)advantage over the life course; What mechanisms explain the (unequal) impact of these … Read more


February 11, 2021

CILIA – LGBTQI+ investigates potential inequalities experienced by people who define themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersexual Queer, Intersex and/or + (LGBTQI+) at three ‘transition’ points in life: Education to work transitions; Employment progression in mid-life; The transition into retirement and its implications for end of life. The key objective is to provide cross-cultural evidence … 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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