IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Educational inequalities in wellbeing: differential risks and couples unemployment

10 February 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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In this webinar, Anna Baranowska-Rataj and Jonas Voßemer will discuss the role of differential risks and the consequences of couples’ unemployment on growing educational inequalities in subjective wellbeing across the life course.

This event is free.

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Disparities in subjective wellbeing between education groups increase with age. 

In this event, the authors will discuss research that investigates the role of two mechanisms that may contribute to this gap: differential risks and differential consequences of negative life events. 

The researchers focus specifically on the role of unemployment among individuals and their partners. Their research uses data on cohabiting couples from the German Socio-Economic Panel for the time period 1995 to 2017.

Results indicate that lower educated individuals not only face a higher risk of becoming unemployed, but are often exposed to unemployment of a partner. 

At the same time, unemployment, whether experienced by an individual or their partner, has stronger negative effects on subjective wellbeing among lower educated individuals. 

Overall, both differential risks and differential consequences of unemployment can lead to growing educational inequalities in subjective wellbeing across the life course. 

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About the Speakers

Jonas Voßemer

Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES)

Before joining the MZES, Jonas was a postdoctoral fellow and researcher in the European research projects HEALFAM at Umeå University and EXCEPT at the University of Bamberg.

In his research, he studies the interactions between labour markets, families, and health and well-being mainly using longitudinal survey data and quantitative methods.

Jonas Voßemer studied Sociology at the University of Mannheim and Indiana University.

Anna Baranowska-Rataj

Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR) at Umeå University

Anna's research interests concern labour markets, as well as health and well-being of family members. She is also interested in methods for causal inference.

Currently she leads the project 'The effects of unemployment on health of family members' (HEALFAM) financed by the ERC Starting Grant. This project examines how transitions to unemployment trigger diffusion of ill mental and physical health within families.

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