Li Ma

Li Ma

Guest Researcher

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Works at Department of Sociology
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 9
Room B 830
Postal address Sociologiska institutionen, Demografiska avdelningen 106 91 Stockholm

About me


I currently work at the Centre for Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CFBUPH) at Karlstad University. My research focuses on the association between socioeconomic-demographic characteristics and mental health in children and adolescents in Sweden and Norway.


I obtained my PhD in Sociological Demography from Stockholm University in 2014 with the thesis on Women’s Employment and Fertility Change in South Korea.

During 2014-2015, I worked as a research fellow at Stockholm University Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe, researching on fathers’ uptake of parental leave in Sweden, as well as life-course transitions in China. During 2016-2017, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Demographic Research, Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium (co-funded by the Marie Curie Actions of European Commission), conducting research on social policy, family formation and family disruption in China.


Selected publications

Mussino, E., Miranda, V., & Ma, L. (forthcoming) Transition to third birth among immigrant mothers in Sweden: Does having two daughters accelerate the process? Journal of Population Research.

Mussino, E., Duvander, A.-Z., & Ma, L. (2018). Does time count? Immigrant fathers’ use of parental leave for a first child in Sweden. Population,73(2): 363-382.

Mussino, E., Miranda, V. & Ma, L. (2018). Changes in sex ratio at birth among immigrant groups in Sweden. Genus, 74(13): 1-15.

Ma, L., Turunen, J., & Rizzi, E. (2018). Divorce Chinese Style. Journal of Marriage and Family, 80(5): 1287-1297.

Ma, L., & Rizzi, E. (2017). Entry into first marriage in China. Demographic Research, 37(36): 1231-1244.

Ma, L. (2016). Female labor force participation and second birth rates in South Korea. Journal of Population Research, 33(2):173-195.

Ma, L. (2014). Economic crisis and women’s labour force return after childbirth: Evidence from South Korea. Demographic Research, 31(18): 511-552.

Ma, L. (2014). Female Employment and Fertility Change in South Korea. Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis. US-AB, Stockholm.

Ma, L. (2013). Employment and motherhood entry in South Korea, 1978-2006. Population, 68 (3): 419-446.

Last updated: January 6, 2019

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