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Max Thaning

PhD Student

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Works at Department of Sociology
Telephone 08-16 42 81
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 9
Room B 968
Postal address Sociologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a PhD student at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University. My research interests include intergenerational inequality and the influence of socioeconomic background on status attainment, class analysis, and the role of structural transformation in regard to labor market inequality. Furthermore, I am particularly interested in working with and processing Swedish census and administrative register data.


Examples of work in process

  • Skills, outsourcing and wage inequality in Sweden (with Monir Bounadi and August Torngren Wartin)
  • Merely descriptive? Addressing a common excuse for ignoring the bad control problem in the social sciences (with August Torngren Wartin)


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2018. Martin Hällsten, Max Thaning. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 56, 40-52

    We follow Swedish cohorts born between 1976 and 1984 through their educational career and analyze how different dimensions of parents' socio-economic standing (SES) in education, occupation, income, and wealth structure horizontal attainment in secondary tracks and tertiary fields. Our results show that there is strong horizontal segregation by parents' SES. However, the influence of social background dimensions on educational attainment is not uniform, but differ by combination of dimension and track or field. We identify a main contrast between parents' education, and to some extent occupation, on the one hand, and the economic dimensions of income and wealth on the other. When we assess the total contribution of all dimensions, we find that net of previous achievement about 35% of the attainment of different upper-secondary tracks, and 25% of attainment of different tertiary fields is due to social background. Despite the non-uniform pattern, this segregation is also linked to future inequality, i.e. in chances of tertiary graduation linked to upper-secondary tracks and in expected earnings linked to tertiary field choices.

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Last updated: March 9, 2020

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