Families and employment

This research line focuses on (1) the formation, organisation, and dissolution of families; (2) the formation and organisation of employment relationships; and (3) the interplay between family life and employment. Families and employment are critical for cohesion and inequality because they fulfil socially binding functions and organise the distribution of resources.
This research line has three innovative features.

  1. insights from sociology are combined with insights from economics, psychology, and law in order to do justice to the complexity of work and family relationships;
  2. second, the use of large-scale multi-actor longitudinal data allows for stringent testing of hypotheses on the role of different actors in family and employment decisions;
  3. the international comparative perspective increases our understanding of the importance of the broader policy, cultural, and economic context.