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The Variability of Occupational Attainment: How Prestige Trajectories Diversified within Birth Cohorts over the Twentieth Century

This study develops and applies a framework for analyzing variability in individuals’ occupational prestige trajectories and changes in average variability between birth cohorts. It extends previous literature focused on typical patterns of intragenerational mobility over the life course to more fully examine intracohort differentiation. Analyses are based on rich life course data for men and women ...

In: American Sociological Review 85 (2020), 6, S. 1084–1116 | Philipp M. Lersch, Wiebke Schulz, George Leckie

Parental Separation during Childhood and Adult Children’s Wealth

This study examines the association between parental separations during childhood and economic wealth of adult children. We provide a new test of this relationship and address two unresolved debates in the literature concerning (1) the pathways linking parental separation and adult children’s wealth and (2) the relevance of the timing of exposure. We use data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics ...

In: Social Forces 99 (2021), 3, S. 1176–1208 | Philipp M. Lersch, Janeen Baxter

The Molecular Genetics of Life Satisfaction: Extending Findings from a Recent Genome-Wide Association Study and Examining the Role of the Serotonin Transporter

In a recent genome-wide association study (GWAS), three polymorphisms (rs3756290, RAPGEF6; rs2075677, CSE1L; rs4958581, NMUR2) were suggested as potentially being related to subjective-well-being and life satisfaction. Additionally, associations between the 5-HTTLPR polymorphism (serotonin transporter) and subjective well-being have been reported in other previous studies. In the current study, we ...

In: Journal of Happiness Studies 22 (2021), 1, 305-322 | Bernd Lachmann, Anna Doebler, Cornelia Sindermann, Rayna Sariyska, Andrew Cooper, Heidrun Haas, Christian Montag

Separation and Elevated Residential Mobility: A Cross-Country Comparison

This study investigates the magnitude and persistence of elevated post-separation residential mobility (i.e. residential instability) in five countries (Australia, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK) with similar levels of economic development, but different welfare provisions and housing markets. While many studies examine residential changes related to separation in selected individual ...

In: European Journal of Population 37 (2021), 1, 121-150 | Hill Kulu, Júlia Mikolai, Michael J. Thomas, Sergi Vidal, Christine Schnor, Didier Willaert, Fieke H. L. Visser, Clara H. Mulder

Analysing Effects of Birth Order on Intelligence, Educational Attainment, Big Five, and Risk Aversion in an Indonesian Sample

Few studies have examined birth order effects on personality in countries that are not Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic (WEIRD). However, theories have generally suggested that interculturally universal family dynamics are the mechanism behind birth order effects, and prominent theories such as resource dilutionwould predict even stronger linear effects in poorer countries. Here, ...

In: European Journal of Personality 35 (2021), 2, S. 234–248 | Laura J. Botzet, Julia M. Rohrer, Ruben Arslan

Offshoring, job satisfaction and job insecurity

This paper investigates the effects of offshoring on individual job satisfaction and perceived risk of job loss. The authors merge microdata from the German Socio-economic Panel dataset (SOEP) with indicators of insertion in global value chains at the industry level for the period 2000–2013. They test two hypotheses. First, theauthors investigate whether workers in industries with higher offshoring ...

In: Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal 14 (2020), 23, 1-32 | Santiago Budría, Juliette Milgram Baleix

The Link between Relative Pay and Job Satisfaction Revisited

This paper investigates the connection between job satisfaction and comparison pay (defined as a person’s rank within a reference group) with SOEP Data. Based on work values and social networks, we argue that the existing literature neglects heterogeneities in individual job satisfaction as well as wage trajectories along the career path. Thus, previous studies based on survey data likely overestimate ...

In: European Sociological Review (online first) (2020), | Andreas Eberl, Matthias Collischon

Cohort Changes in the Level and Dispersion of Gender Ideology after German Reunification : Results from a Natural Experiment

Modernization theorists’ ‘rising tide hypothesis’ predicted the continuous spread of egalitarian gender ideologies across the globe. We revisit this assumption by studying reunified Germany, a country that did not follow a strict modernization pathway. The socialist German Democratic Republic (GDR) actively fostered female employment and systematically promoted egalitarian ideologies before reunification ...

In: European Sociological Review 36 (2020), 5, S. 814–828 | Christian Ebner, Michael Kühhirt, Philipp M. Lersch

His and her working hours and well-Being in Germany: A longitudinal crossover-spillover analysis

This paper investigates the relationship between work time arrangements and personal well-being in married and cohabiting couples. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Survey (SOEP), we study how the number of hours worked by the survey respondents and their partners influenced their own well-being. We also investigate possible transmission mechanisms between the two variables, namely income, ...

In: Journal of Family Research 32 (2020), 2, 249-273 | Daniele Florean, Henriette Engelhardt-Woelfler

Risk Preference and Entrepreneurial Investment at the Top of the Wealth Distribution

We present first evidence how individual risk preferences shape entrepreneurial investment among the very wealthy using novel survey data from the top of the wealth distribution, which have been added to the 2019 German Socio-economic Panel Study. The data include private wealth balance sheets, in particular the value of own private business assets, and a standard measure of risk tolerance. We find ...

SOEPpaper 1117 | Frank M. Fossen, Johannes König, Carsten Schröder
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