Martin Hällsten

Martin Hällsten


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Works at Department of Sociology
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 9
Room B 919
Postal address Sociologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Martin Hällsten
Senior Lecturer
PhD, Stockholm University
Associate professor (Docent), Stockholm University

I am a senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, and a member of the LIFEINCON research group. My research broadly concerns the generation and consequences of inequality, and has mainly been focused on intergenerational inequality procesesses, educational choice, ethnic inequality, and how social relations convey trust and tolerance.  

I currently lead two research projects: Firms and Workplaces as a Nexus for Intergenerational Inequality Processes (financed by Forte) and Education and Social Mobility (financed by The Swedish Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet).


For the present, I am particularly interested in multigenerational (im)mobility, educational choices, the effects of parental wealth, ethnic inequality, contextual and organizational effects on inequality, social capital and peer effects. Between September 2015 and September 2017, I served as a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology.


Barclay, Kieron and Hällsten, Martin and Myrskylä, Mikko. Forthcoming. Birth order and college major in Sweden. Accepted for publication in Social Forces.

Hällsten, Martin, Christofer Edling, and Jens Rydgren. Forthcoming. "Acculturation and Adaptation for Adolescents of Iranian and Yugoslavian Origins in Sweden". Accepted for publication in Acta Sociologica. [Link]

Martin Kolk and Martin Hällsten. 2017. "Demographic and Educational Success of Lineages: A Prospective Analysis of the Number of Great Grandchildren and their Education in 19th, 20th and 21st Century Northern Sweden".Population and Development Review 43(3): 491–512 [Link]. 

Martin Hällsten and Fabian T. Pfeffer. 2017. "Grand Advantage: Family Wealth and Grandchildren’s Educational Achievement in Sweden." American Sociological Review 82:328-360. [Link]

Martin Hällsten. 2017. "Is Education a Risky Investment? The Scarring Effect of University Dropout in Sweden." European Sociological Review 33(2): 169-181. [Open access link]

Rydgren, Jens, Sofi, Dana and Martin Hällsten. 2017. "Divided by memories? Beliefs about the past, Ethnic boundaries, and trust in northern Iraq." Geopolitics, History, and International Relations 9(1): 128-175. [Link]

Hällsten, Martin, Christofer Edling, and Jens Rydgren. 2017. "Social Capital, Friendship Networks, and Youth Unemployment." Social Science Research, 61, 234-250. [Link]

Tomaskovic-Devey, Donald, Martin Hällsten, and Dustin Avent-Holt. 2015. "Where Do Immigrants Fare Worse? Modeling Workplace Wage Gap Variation with Longitudinal Employer-Employee Data." American Journal of Sociology 120:1095-1143. [Link]

Hällsten, Martin, Christofer Edling, and Jens Rydgren. 2015. "The effects of specific occupations in position generator measures of social capital." Social Networks 40:55-63. [Link]

Hällsten, Martin. 2014.  "Inequality across Three and Four Generations in Egalitarian Sweden: 1st and 2nd Cousin Correlations in Socio-economic Outcomes." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 35: 19-33. [Link]

Hällsten, Martin. 2013. "The Class-Origin Wage Gap: Heterogeneity in Education and Variations across Market Segments." British Journal of Sociology 64(4): 662–690. [Link]

Rydgren, Jens, Sofi, Dana and Martin Hällsten. 2013. "Interethnic Friendship, Trust, and Tolerance: Findings from Two North Iraqi Cities." American Journal of Sociology 118(6):1650-94. [Link]

Hällsten, Martin, Ryszard Szulkin and Jerzy Sarnecki. 2013. "Crime as a Price of Inequality? The Delinquency Gap between Children of Immigrants and Children of Native Swedes." British Journal of Criminology 53(3):456-481. [Link]

Erikson, Robert, Goldthorpe, John H. and Martin Hällsten. 2012. "No way back up from ratcheting down? A critique of the ‘microclass’ approach to the analysis of social mobility" Acta Sociologica 55(3):211-229. [Link]

Hällsten, Martin. 2012. "Is It Ever Too Late to Study? The Economic Returns on Late Tertiary Degrees in Sweden." Economics of Education Review 31(1):179-194. [Link]

Hällsten, Martin. 2011. "Late Entry in Swedish Tertiary Education: Can the Opportunity of Lifelong Learning Promote Equality Over the Life Course?" British Journal of Industrial Relations 49(3):537-559. [Link]

Hällsten, Martin. 2010. "The Structure of Educational Decision-Making and Consequences for Inequality: A Swedish Test Case." American Journal of Sociology 116:806-54. [Link]

Hällsten, Martin, Tomas Korpi, and Michael Tåhlin. 2010. "Globalization and Uncertainty. Earnings Volatility in Sweden, 1985-2003." Industrial Relations 49:165-189. [Link]

Hällsten, Martin. 2010. Essays on Social Reproduction and Lifelong Learning. Swedish Institute for Social Research 80, Stockholm University. [Dissertation] [Link]

Sandström, Ulf, and Martin Hällsten. 2008. "Persistent nepotism in peer-review." Scientometrics 74:175-189. [Link]

Working papers

Goldschmidt, Tina, Martin Hällsten, and Jens Rydgren. 2017. "Are They Hunkering Down? Revisiting the Relationship Between Exposure to Ethnic Diversity, Intergroup Contact, and Group Trust." Department of Sociology Working Paper Series No. 30, Stockholm University. [Link]

Jens Rydgren, Dana Sofi and Martin Hällsten: Beliefs about the Past and Trust: Evidence from Northern Iraq. Stockholm University, Department of Sociology Working Paper Series 24 [Link]

Pfeffer, Fabian and Martin Hällsten. 2012. "Mobility Regimes and Parental Wealth: The United States, Germany, and Sweden in Comparison". SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research, No. 500 [Link]

Hällsten, Martin and Ryszard Szulkin (2009). Families, neighborhoods, and the future: The transition to adulthood of children of native and immigrant origin in Sweden. SULCIS Working Paper 2009:9. [Link]



Last updated: October 10, 2017

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