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Elien van Dongen – ESR12: Multigenerational approaches to social mobility.


Department of Economic History and Center for Economic Demography, Lund University, Sweden.


Professor Martin Dribe martin.dribe@ekh.lu.se


Inequality and social mobility is a growing field of Economic History and related disciplines. Thanks to the uncovering of new data sources and methodological innovations old narratives are increasingly being questioned. Most of the research in the area has studied socioeconomic inheritance and mobility across two generations, often comparing outcomes of fathers and sons. Much less has been done on women’s social mobility and mobility over multiple generations. The candidate will study new aspects of socioeconomic stratification and mobility, using longitudinal micro-level data spanning a period from the 19th century until today. Contemporary and historical register data as well as full count census data will be employed in the analysis. Special attention will also be devoted to the interplay between socioeconomic mobility and geographic factors, including migration, using GIS, spatial regression and multilevel models.


12.1 Identification of transmission over three generations, net of two-generational transmissions.
12.2 Development of methods to improve standard class schemes with information on land use and income.
12.3 Identify the importance of environmental and social changes for multigenerational transmissions.


Since September 2016 Elien is involved in LONGPOP as a PhD student at the Center of Economic Demography, Department of Economic History at Lund University, Sweden. Her research focuses on social mobility during the past 150 years in Sweden. Specific topics of interest include multigenerational mobility, class heterogeneity, women’s mobility (homogamy and female labor force participation) and the ‘class pay gap’. Using longitudinal micro-level data she is to contribute to a further understanding of long-term trends in intergenerational occupational transmission.

Before joining LONGPOP she studied socioeconomic history at Radboud University (the Netherlands), with a focus on global inequality during the twentieth century. At Radboud University she was involved in research on nineteenth century Dutch mortality. A paper by prof. Angelique Janssens and her on this topic is forthcoming. She worked as a research assistant at Radboud University and in a financial history project at Utrecht University (“Dynamics of Inclusive Finance in the Netherlands, 1750-1970”). Beside history, she has a background in sociology and mathematics at the undergraduate level. During her undergraduate years she participated in the Radboud Interdisciplinary Honours Program and studied for one year at NCTU (two semesters) and NTU (summer language school, Mandarin) in Taiwan.

Contact: elien.van_dongen@ekh.lu.se