Elien Dalman

Elien Dalman

Postdoctoral fellow

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I'm an interdisciplinary quantitative social science researcher working on social stratification and mobility, inequality and their historical roots.

In my current postdoc project we study the consequences of a Swedish tax deduction for housework services (RUT and ROT avdrag, both housekeeping and maintenance/construction). This tax reform appears to have important repercussions in terms of class and gender relations, which we study from the perspective of users. We focus, among others, on consequences among young families, as well as consequences among elderly and their children who utilize the tax deduction.

In my PhD I studied intergenerational mobility patterns in Sweden over the course of structural transformations and as institutions of equal opportunities arose. I specifically focus on different systems of social stratification, especially pre-industrial status, occupational status, and family institutions (e.g. women's LFP), and how they interact and shape equality of opportunity. I also describe social stratification of men and women and how it developed over the past hundred-fifty years. The papers from my PhD have not yet been published but I've made the full dissertation available here on LU's website (at least until publication).

In both projects I make use of longitudinally linked Swedish (census and) register data. The data used in my PhD project covers the full Swedish population over the period 1850-today (starting with the 1880 census), observing demographic, geographic and socioeconomic events for individuals across their life course. Historical data is being harmonized in the SWEDPOP (and previously SWECENS) project, while contemporary data comes from Statistics Sweden. In my postdoc project we additionally make use of health and tax registers from other Swedish institutions (Socialstyrelsen, Skatteverket).

I have taught several courses in both economic history and sociology, among others on twentieth/twenty-first century economic/demographic/labor market developments, sociological theory, and econometrics/statistics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Free keywords

  • Social Class
  • Intergenerational Mobility
  • Social Mobility
  • Social Stratification
  • Social Status
  • Surname Mobility
  • Assortative Mating
  • Sweden
  • Gender
  • Mothers in Social Mobility
  • Welfare State
  • structural transformation


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