Maria Stanfors

Maria Stanfors

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Research

My research interest includes the economic histories of education, female labor force participation, housework, and family formation, as well as the interrelationships between them. I run parallel projects on past and present gender differentials in labor market outcomes (focusing on wages, careers, and union membership); gender and time allocation; family formation and family dynamics differentials across educational and occupational groups; and the role of assortative mating for income inequality and health. I am particularly interested in how unpaid care responsibilities are combined with paid work at different stages of the life course - something that is particularly important to understand in contexts with an aging population.

My research deals with topical and highly policy-relevant issues. Some of my research deals with present-day contexts (Sweden, EU, and the US) where I typically make use of large-scale surveys (e.g., SHARE, SILC, NSFG) and Swedish register data. In my historical projects I work with data from SEDD (Scanian Economic and Demographic Database) and data that I have put together in the HILMA-database, which contains demographic and socio-economic data at individual level for a variety of industries and banking and insurance and for other groups of white-collar workers in the private sector in Sweden during the period 1890-1940.

Teaching

I teach mostly advanced-level courses such as Human Capital in a Historical Perspective and Marriage and Fertility and an undergraduate course on Work and family: Scandinavia in International Perspective.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History

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