Elien van Dongen

Elien van Dongen

Doctoral Student

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My research focusses on long-term intergenerational mobility trends in Sweden. To study these I make use of linked Swedish censuses covering the period 1850-current (starting with the 1880 census). I am specifically interested in multigenerational mobility, class heterogeneity in mobility, the relationship between intergenerational mobility and gender (through homogamy and female labor market participation), and the relationship between economic and social mobility (specifically, the ‘class pay gap’). The Swedish individual-level census data lends itself well to assess and compare different methodologies in mobility measurement, as well as theoretical notions on the development of mobility over time.

UKÄ subject classification

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


  • Economic History
  • Intergenerational Mobility
  • Social Mobility
  • Class Heterogeneity
  • Multigenerational Mobility
  • Surname Mobility
  • Assortative Mating
  • Homogamy
  • Class Pay Gap
  • Swedish Economic History


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