2015-12-17 Colloquium by colleagues from the Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate

On December 17 Sara Thalberg and Nicklas Korsell, both from the Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate (Inspektionen för socialförsäkringen, ISF) presented their project “Raised minimum benefit in parental insurance. Has it affected the use of parental leave and childbearing?”. Thalberg is a former SUDA, SIMSAM and SPaDE colleague.

2015-12-11 Vitor Miranda to Statistics Sweden

SUDA member Vitor Miranda takes up a position at the Forecast Institute of Statistics Sweden, starting February 1, 2016. Vitor remains a research affiliate to SUDA and SUNDEM also at his new position.

2015-12-04 Sunnee Billingsley new lecturer

Big congratulations to Sunnee Billingsley for being appointed lecturer in Sociology at Stockholm University!

2015-11-21 Leah Ruppanner visits SUDA and SPaDE

Long- term international SPaDE and SUDA collaborator Leah Ruppanner has travelled from the School of Social and Political Sciences at University of Melbourne to visit us from November 21 to December 11. We welcome her back.

2015-11-12 New PhD student in Sociological Demography

SUDA, SUNDEM and SPaDE welcome Klára Capková as a new PhD student in Sociological Demography. Capková has a background from Masaryk University in Brno and the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) and brings a research plan on lone fathers and policy effects on the prevalence of lone fathers. She will begin her doctoral studies early next year and will be affiliated to SPaDE and supported by funds from SUNDEM as well as the TITA project based in Finland.

2015-11-12 Helen Eriksson new PhD student in Sociological Demography

SUDA, SUNDEM and SPaDE congratulate staff member and research specialist Helen Eriksson to her new position as PhD student in Sociological Demography. Eriksson will be financed by SPaDE and brings a research plan on policy effects on Swedish parents’ care and parental-leave behavior.

2015-11-10 ESO-seminar on gender equality in parental leave

Expertgruppen för Studier i Offentlig ekonomi (ESO), part of the Ministry of Finance, arranged a seminar where the ESO-report “Familjepolitik för alla? En ESO-rapport om föräldrapenning och jämställdhet” was presented. This was followed by a discussion on future family politics and policies in Sweden. The report was written by Ann-Zofie Duvander from SUDA/SPaDE and the Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate as well as by Tommy Ferrarini from the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) and Mats Johansson.

The authors of the report also wrote a debate article in Svenska Dagbladet on the topic, proposing potential routes to a more gender equal uptake of parental leave as well as gains from a more equal uptake.

2015-11-05 Ari Jónsson new PhD student

SUDA and SUNDEM welcome Ari Jónsson as a new PhD student in Sociological Demography.  Jónsson has Master's degree in Demography from Stockholm University and is expected to join the group in early 2016. He will contribute to developing the Icelandic infrastructure of register-based demographic research, thereby bringing in new excellent data to the project and expanding the Nordic context of fertility and family dynamics.

2015-11-05 VR grant to Maria Brandén & Karen Haandrikman

Congratulations to Maria Brandén and Karen Haandrikman for receiving a grant from the Swedish Research Council (VR), covering three years 2016-2018. The project title is "Apples that fall far from the trees. Childhood social context and its importance for intergenerational social mobility".

2015-11-05 VR grant to SUDA and SPaDE members

Congratulations to SPaDE members Ann-Zofie Duvander (SUDA), Marie Evertsson and Sunnee Billingsley (SUDA) as well as international SPaDE collaborator Kelly Musick for a three year (2016-2018) grant from the Swedish Research Council (VR) for the project ”Inkomstfördelning för föräldrapar och dess betydelse för inkomstojämlikhet mellan familjer. En jämförelse över tid och mellan länder”.

2015-10-28 Visit by Wang Guangzhou

Professor Wang Guangzhou from the Population and Labor Economics Research Institute at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences visits SUDA and SPaDE during the week.

2015-10-16 Research Grant to Gerda Neyer

Congratulations to Gerda Neyer and colleagues for receiving funding from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)! The project ”Swedish Contextual Database for the Swedish Generations and Gender Survey and the International Database of the Generations and Gender Programme" is aimed at strengthening the infrastructure for research.

2015-10-15 SPaDE Workshop

On October 15 SPaDE arranged a half-day workshop for members and affiliates. The afternoon was filled with presentations on the latest research of several of the participants.

2015-10-13 Gunnar Andersson interviewed by South Korean television

A team from the Korea Broadcasting System(KBS) interviewed Gunnar Andersson about childcare policies, childbearing and gender equality. The focus of the interview was on how South Korea could learn from the Swedish experience of implementing social policies that have encouraged gender equality and kept childbearing at relatively high levels.

2015-10-12 Government delegation from Japan visited SUDA

SUDA and SPaDE was visited by a government delegation from Japan interested in learning about policy measures for raising fertility while at the same time increasing women’s labor force participation. Declining birth rates and a low share of labor market participants in the population are important issues for Japan. The delegation was interested in the Swedish experience and especially the scientific expertise of SUDA and SPaDE members. The delegation, hosted by Gunnar Andersson, consisted of two directors at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) as well as the first secretary from the Japanese embassy in Sweden.

2015-10-07 Several new working papers in the SRRD series

The paper ”Housing Context and Childbearing in Sweden: A Cohort Study”( Download SRRD 2015:23) is authored by Margarita Chudnovskaya. It is based on Swedish register data and mainly conducted within  SIMSAM.

Markus Läll has authored the working paper” Fertility Transition in 19th-20th Century Estonia: An Individual Level Perspective” ( Download SRRD 2015:24).

Ognjen Obućina’s paper “Marriage Migration and Divorce Risk in Sweden” (Download SRRD 2015:25) is conducted within SIMSAM and is based on Swedish register data.

Isabel Valarino, Ann-Zofie Duvander, Linda Haas and Gerda Neyer have co-authored the comparative working paper “Leave Policy Preferences in a Comparative Perspective” (Download SRRD 2015:26).

Kathrin Morosow has, in collaboration with Heike Trappe (Rostock University), authored the paper “Intergenerational Transmission of Fertility Timing in Germany”(Download SRRD 2015:27).

2015-10-05 Workshop arranged by SPaDE and Ilera

SPaDE and Ilera (the International Labour and Employment Relations Association) arranged a well-attended seminar on the final report of the ‘JA-delegationen’ (the Delegation for Gender Equality in Working Life). Linda Haas, international collaborator of SPaDE and visiting professor at SUDA, commented on the report. The panel consisted of representatives from the trade unions (TCO and Civilekonomerna) and business federations (Svenskt näringsliv).

2015-10-01 Andrea Monti new PhD student

SUDA welcomes Andrea Monti as a new PhD student in Sociological Demography. Monti has a Bachelor's degree in Human Geography and a Master's degree in Demography at Stockholm University. Her dissertation will focus on transnationalism and the socio-economic integration of immigrants in Sweden and Italy based on survey and register data.

2015-10-01 Colloquium presentation by Isabel Valarino

Isabel Valarino presented a paper titled “Do Parental Leave Preferences Differ Across Countries? A Comparison of Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and the USA” at the SUDA/SPaDE colloquium. The paper is a collaboration with SPaDE members/collaborators Ann-Zofie Duvander, Linda Haas and Gerda Neyer.  Valarino is a long-term visitor at SUDA with a PhD in Social Science from the University of Lausanne.

2015-09-25 Grants from Forte to SPaDE members, affiliates and collaborators

Congratulations to SPaDE members Ann-Zofie Duvander (SUDA), Marie Evertsson and Sunnee Billingsley (SUDA) as well as international SPaDE collaborator Kelly Musick for a new Forte grant on 2.9 MKR. The project is titled "His and her earnings following parenthood and implications for social inequality: Cohort and cross-national comparisons".

SUDA welcomes Amber Beckley, PhD in Criminology, who received funding of a total of 3.1 MKR for her postdoctoral project "Pathways to adult antisocial behavior". Beckley will spend part of her time at Duke University and part at SUDA.

2015-09-24 Zsolt Spéder and Livia Murinkó visit SUDA/SPaDE

Zsolt Spéder and Livia Murinkó presented their paper “Children’s Experiences of Mothers’ Partnership Dissolution and Re-Partnering: Differences Between Union Types and Cohorts” at the SUDA/SPaDE colloquium. They are international SPaDE collaborators and visit SUDA and SPaDE for a few weeks. Murinkó is a Research Fellow at the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute (DRI) and Spéder is the Director of the same institute as well as President of the Demographic Section of the Hungarian Statistical Association.

2015-09-17 Linda Haas visits SUDA/SPaDE

International SPaDE collaborator Linda Haas presented the paper “’It’s About Time!' - Company Support for Fathers’ Entitlement to Reduced Work Hours in Sweden” at the SUDA/SPaDE colloquium in joint collaboration with the seminar series at the Department of Sociology. Haas is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and is visiting SUDA and SPaDE during September and October.

2015-09-14 New research grant

SUDA congratulates Juho Härkönen for bringing in new large-scale funding for demographic research at SUDA.
The funds come from a large Academy of Finland grant to colleagues at University of  Turku, of which about 1.5 million Euro will be sub-contracted to demographers and sociologists at Stockholm University.

2015-09-10 Colloquium presentation by Kenneth Aarskaug Wiik

Kenneth Aarskaug Wiik presented a joint paper with Eva Bernhardt at the SUDA/SPaDE colloquium, “A Study of Cohabiting and Married Individuals’ Relationship with Their Partners’ Parents”. It is part of the overarching project “Co-residence and family complexity in Sweden, based on GGS-data”, financed by The Swedish Research Council and directed by Elizabeth Thomson. Aarskaug Wiik is a Senior Researcher at Statistics Norway and international SpaDE collaborator.

2015-09-03 Hyun Song Lee visits SUDA

Hyun Song Lee gave the presentation “Change in the Perception of Income Inequality: A comparison of US, UK, Germany, Sweden and Japan” at the SUDA/SpaDE colloquium. Hyun Song is Professor in Sociology at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea and is a visiting researcher at SUDA during August to October.

2015-08-12 Vitor Miranda new SUDA member

SUDA welcomes Vitor Miranda, Research Fellow, to the crew. Miranda has a PhD in Demography and Sociology from University of Pennsylvania. Vitor will conduct research within the project “Tackling Inequalities in Time of Austerity”, financed by the Academy of Finland via University of Turku.

2015-06-28 Juho Härkönen receives research grant from the Academy of Finland

Juho Härkönen of SUNDEM receives 600,000 € from the Academy of Finland to fund a project on Life course experiences, intergenerational processes, and child well-being and development. The project will be located at University of Turku and aims at studying how parents’ life course experiences affect the health and development of their children. It is based on data from the FinnBrain cohort study (www.finnbrain.fi) that are linked to register data on the life courses of the cohort members and their  parents.

2015-06-26 Workshop on New Developments in Register-based Demographic Research

The workshop in Stockholm on June 11-12 gathered about 70 register researchers from more than 12 countries with register data of varying qualities.
The program high-lighted the substantial progress in register-based research in recent years, both nationally and internationally.
Sweden and the Nordic countries are certainly forerunners in developing such research, but quality concerns regarding census and survey data have triggered the organization of population registers and administrative registers as a source for research also in other countries.
The workshop provided a vivid display of this progress. All presentations from the workshop are available from the “Workshops section” of the SUNDEM home page.

Register Researchers


2015-06-26 Swedish GGS data released

The Swedish Generations and Gender Survey is finally public!
The Swedish GGS was carried out by means of telephone interviews and follow-up postal or online questionnaires during 2012 and 2013. Some data were collected through population registers. A target population of 18,000 individuals aged 18-79 years produced 9,688 respondents (response rate 54%). 6,830 respondents also filled out the postal / online follow-up questionnaire. The field work was carried out by Statistics Sweden’s Survey Unit. An aggregated version of the Swedish GGS is available through the Generations and Gender Programme website at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute: http://www.ggp-i.org/data/data-access.html. This link also provides access to similar data from 18 other countries. In this version of the Swedish GGS a number of variables have been aggregated or dropped. The full version of the survey is available to researchers at the Stockholm University Demography Unit and the Ageing Research Centre, Karolinska institutet, through Statistics Sweden’s Micro-Online Access system (contact: Helen Eriksson at the Demography Unit). Restrictions to use are due to legal constraints.

The Stockholm Research Reports in Demography 2015: 16 provides the full questionnaires in English translation for the Swedish Generations and Gender Survey.

2015-06-22 The SUDA Demographic Colloquium Series for Fall 2015 is now available.

Time: Thursdays at 13:00—14:30 (unless otherwise stated)
Place: Stockholm University, Frescati, Hus B, 8th floor, B800

Please check out our colloquium here.

2015-06-03 Li Ma as Marie Curie postdoc

SUDA congratulates Li Ma for being awarded a Marie Curie postdoctoral position at Université Louvain-la-Neuve.
Li Ma will still stay on with SUDA on part-time basis, with teaching and project work on the family demography of China and the Chinese in Sweden.

2015-05-20 Livia Oláh at UN Expert Group Meeting

On May 14-15, 2015, Livia Sz. Oláh provided a presentation in the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on “Family policy development: achievement and challenges” in New York. Ten international experts participated at the meeting, organized by the Focal Point on the Family at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) Division for Social Policy and Development. The topics of discussion ranged from regional trends in changing family patterns, through gender equality, family laws and family policy development, to violence in families, access to justice for all, and families and sustainable development goals. Livia gave a presentation on “Changing families in the European Union: Trends and policy implications”.

2015-05-11 SUNDEM international workshop: New Developments in Register-based Demographic Research

A workshop with the focus on new developments in Register-based demographic research is held in Stockholm on June 11-12, 2015. Workshop venue is Strandvägen 7A. The workshop follows a similar event organized in 2010. It aims at giving an overview of progress in register-based research since that time, both nationally and internationally. The workshop involves register researchers from the Nordic countries and the few other countries that also have national population registers or other systems of administrative registers that can be used for research.

Workshop program here (link)

2015-05-02 Poster prizes at the PAA

SUDA congratulate Helen Eriksson and Martin Kolk for winning poster prizes at the Population Association of America meeting in San Diego, April 30 -- May 2, 2015.
Helen received a prize for her poster "Conceptualizing Child Care Patterns in a Dual-Carer Setting", Martin for his poster on "Period and Cohort Measures of Migration".

2015-05-02 SUDA at the 2015 PAA meeting in San Diego

SUDA researchers were again well represented at the Population Association of America meeting 2015 and presented a number of papers with demographic research, as follows:

Does Parental Death Affect Fertility? A Register-Based Study of the Effect of Parental Death on Childbearing in Sweden, Johan Dahlberg, SUDA

Sibling Constellation of the Family of Origin and Divorce Risk in Adulthood, Kieron Barclay, SUDA; Seymour Spilerman, Columbia University

Life Course Trajectories and Neighborhood Context: A Cohort Based Study of Transition to Parenthood, Eva K.
Andersson, Stockholm University; Bo Malmberg, Stockholm University; Elizabeth Thomson, SUDA and University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gender Equality within Dual-Earner and Dual-Career Couples across Different Policy Regimes and Norm Systemsin Europe, Susanne Fahlén, SUDA

Intergenerational and Intragenerational Correlations in Family Size across Time: Fertility Continuities in Northern
Sweden between 1750 and 2007
, Martin Kolk, SUDA; Johan Dahlberg, SUDA

Contextual Influence on Mate Selection: Is There an Effect of Adolescent Neighborhood Characteristics on Future Partner Choice?, Karen Haandrikman, Stockholm University; BoMalmberg, Stockholm University

The Birth Order Paradox: Sibling Differences in Educational Attainment, Kieron Barclay, SUDA

Stepfamily Prevalence in Northern Sweden 1750-2007, Jani Turunen, SUDA

The following work was presented at poster sessions:

Does the Radical Right Have a Future in Swedish Politics? Socio-Demographic Structure and Voter Support for the Sweden Democrats, Margarita Chudnovskaya, SUDA; Tina Goldschmidt, Stockholm University               

Nordic Family Policy and Continued Fertility, Trude Lappegård, Statistics Norway; Ann-Zofie Duvander,
SUDA; Synøve N. Andersen, Statistics Norway; Olof Gardarsdottir, University of Iceland; Gerda R. Neyer, SUDA; Ida Viklund, SUDA

Intergenerational Transmission of Fertility Timing in Germany, Kathrin Morosow, SUDA; Heike Trappe, University of Rostock

Examining the Interplay of Housing and Childbearing Trajectories of Young Adults in Sweden, Margarita Chudnovskaya, SUDA

Conceptualizing Child Care Patterns in a Dual-Carer Setting, Helen Eriksson, SUDA

Long-Distance Relocations of One-Earner and Two-Earner Couples in Australia, Britain, Germany and Sweden: Intersections of Gender and Institutional Context, Maria Brandén, SUDA; Francisco Perales, University of Queensland; Philipp M Lersch, University of Cologne               

Period and Cohort Measures of Migration, Martin Kolk, SUDA

2015-04-30 Sofi Ohlsson-Wijk defends her PhD Thesis

Sofi defends her PhD Thesis “Family Formation in Sweden at the Turn of the New Millenium” on Friday June 5, 2015. Place and time: Nordenskiöldsalen at Geovetarhuset, Frescati, at 13:00. Discussant is Wendy Sigle from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

2015-04-30 Andrea Monti new PhD student

SUDA welcome Andrea Monti as new PhD student in Sociological Demography. Andrea has a BSc in Human Geography at Stockholm University and a MSc Thesis project in demography at SUDA. She presents a research plan on transnationalism and the socio-economic integration of immigrants in Sweden and Italy. Her research profile offers potential for synergies with migration researchers in Demography, Sociology as well as Human Geography, at Stockholm University.