A2 Dimensions of Societal Integration: Social Stratification and Social Inequalities
Research Area A2—with a more multidisciplinary scope—focuses on the main processes in social stratification and their implications for social inequality across the European societies. Pursuing both substantial and methodological aims, projects in Area A2 seek to uncover how life courses and how social inequalities are affected by changing educational systems, labour markets, and other societal conditions.
Most research projects in Area A2 pursue a micro-analytical strategy, building on individual-level data in order to identify causal mechanisms at the individual level. Using national or cross-national panel data sets, most projects explicitly take a longitudinal perspective in order to uncover the underlying social processes. At the same time, the research projects establish systematic micro–macro linkages by relating developments at the individual level to their institutional determinants at the national level. Moreover, a number of projects take an explicit cross-national comparative approach that allows for studying the differential effects of institutional arrangements on life course and labour market transitions.