Does Family Structure Matter for Social Inequality and Social Mobility?
Thursday, 16 November 2017
14:00 – 15:00 (Berlin time)
Key processes of demographic change are changing family structures and child bearing behaviour, increasing life expectancy, and migration. While population ageing is widely discussed as one of the main challenges of the demographic transformations of the last decades, much less attention is paid to the question of how changing family structures shape social inequalities in a society.
We invited individuals to discuss this topic and related questions with Juho Härkönen, Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University in a Population Europe webinar.
In his presentation, Prof. Juho Härkönen showed how family structures have changed during recent decades with a specific focus on the socioeconomic differences in these changes. He also discussed how family structures are related to social inequality outcomes such as poverty and children's educational outcomes, and the conditions under which family structures can reproduce social inequalities.
Following his presentation, Prof. Härkönen took questions and further discussed the topic with the participants of the webinar.