Peter Fallesen


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Telephone 08-16 40 92
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 F
Postal address Institutet för social forskning 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am an associate professor of sociology in the LNU/level-of-living group. Until December 2016, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the same place. I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Copenhagen in February 2015. My dissertation examined the life courses of foster care children. I am also a senior researcher with the Rockwool Foundation Research Unit in Copenhagen and affiliated with the Centre for Stratification Research at University of Copenhagen. I have previously held visiting positions at Yale University and UC Berkeley.



Research Areas
My research fields are family demography, social inequality, child welfare, and criminal justice.

Current Research

I presently study the effect of imposing welfare benefit ceilings on family stability and welfare, how children affect parental outcomes after a divorce, and the efficacy of medical treatment of ADHD on children's long term outcomes.



Wildeman, C., & Fallesen, P. (2017).  The Effect of Lowering Welfare Payment Ceilings on Children’s Risk of Out-of-Home Placement. Children and Youth Services Review, 72, 82-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.10.017

Fallesen, P. & Andersen, L.H. (2017).   Explaining the Consequences of Imprisonment for Union Formation and Dissolution in DenmarkJournal of Policy Analysis and Management, 36(1), 154-177. DOI: 10.1002/pam.21933

Fallesen, P. & Breen, R. (2016).  Temporary Life Changes and the Timing of DivorceDemography, 53(5), 1377-1398.

Fallesen, P. (2016).  Downward Spiral: The Impact of Out-of-Home Placement on Paternal Welfare DependencyChildren and Youth Services Review, 66, 45-55.

Landersø, R & Fallesen, P. (2016).  Psychiatric Hospital Admission and Later Mental Health, Crime, and Labor Market Outcomes. Rockwool Foundation Research Unit Study Paper.

Andersen, S. H., & Fallesen, P. (2015). Family matters? The effect of kinship care on foster care disruption rates. Child Abuse & Neglect, 48, 68-79.

Fallesen, P., & Wildeman, C. (2015). The Effect of Medical Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on Foster Care Caseloads: Evidence from Danish Registry DataJournal of Health and Social Behavior, 56(3), 398–414. 

Fallesen, P., & Wildeman, C (2015). JHSB Policy Brief: Does Medical Treatment of Children's Behavioral Disorders Lower Foster Care Rates? Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 56(3), 415.

Keilow, M., Holm, A., & Fallesen, P. (2015). The Effects of Pharmacological Treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on Children’s Educational Achievement. Rockwool Foundation Research Unit Study Paper. 

Fallesen, P. (2015). Time and Placement: Five Empirical Essays on Foster Care. PhD-thesis. Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen.

Fallesen, P. (2014). Identifying divergent foster care careers for Danish childrenChild Abuse & Neglect, 38(11), 1860–1871. 

Fallesen, P., Emanuel, N., & Wildeman, C. (2014). Cumulative Risks of Foster Care Placement for Danish Children. PLoS One, 9(10). 

Fallesen, P., Geerdsen, L. P., Imai, S., & Tranæs, T. (2014). The Effect of Workfare on Crime: Incapacitation and Program Effects. IZA Discussion Paper. 

Fallesen, P. (2013). Time well spent: The duration of foster care and early adult labor market, educational, and health outcomes. Journal of Adolescence, 36(6), 1003-1011. 

Andersen, S. H., & Fallesen, P. (2013). Når man anbringer et barn II: Årsager, effekter af anbringelsesforanstaltninger og konsekvenser. Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark.

Fallesen, P. (2012). Giorgio Agamben – væren, biopolitik og liv på tærsklen. In Michael Hviid Jacobsen & Anders Petersen (eds.), Samfundsteori & Samtidsdiagnose – en introduktion til sytten nyere samfundstænkere. Copenhagen: Forlaget Unge Pædagoger.

Andersen, S. H., Ebsen, F., Ejrnæs, M., Ejrnæs, M., Fallesen, P., & Frederiksen, S. (2010). Når man anbringer et barn: Baggrund, Stabilitet i Anbringelsen og det Videre Liv. Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark. 

Andersen, S. H., & Fallesen, P. (2010). A question of class: On the heterogeneous relationship between background characteristics and a child’s placement risk. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(6), 783–789. 

Bonke, J., & Fallesen, P. (2010). The impact of incentives and interview methods on response quantity and quality in diary-and booklet-based surveys. Survey Research Methods, 4, 91–101.


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