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Sebastian Sirén


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Works at Swedish institute for social research
Telephone 08-16 23 12
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 F
Room F 838
Postal address Institutet för social forskning 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a PhD-candidate in sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI). At the institute I am involved in the development of the Social Policy Indicator Database (SPIN), a research infrastructure project with the aim to establish the foundations of a new comparative and longitudinal database concerning central welfare state institutions. I have been particularily engaged in the development of indicators on family policy institutions, including public childcare and parental leave policies. I am also a student affiliate to the Stockholm University Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE), and contribute to the collection of childcare indicators for a new database within the project "InGRID-2: Integrating Research Infrastructure for European expertise on Inclusive Growth from data to policy", funded by the European H2020-programme.


Comparative sociology (Sociology I & II)


In my dissertation I will seek to broaden the scope of comparative social policy analyses beyond the restricted group of rich industrialised nations in the global north that have been the focus of most previous research in the field. The aim is to study the causes and concequences of social policy institutions in a development context. The first study explores the driving forces behind variations in social spending across a global sample of non-western democracies, with special attention to the role of party politics. Subsequent studies will further explore the consequences of social policy in a development context.


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2017. Laure Doctrinal (et al.).

    This InGRID deliverable is part of Work Package 22 on ‘Innovative solutions for comparative policy indicators and analysis'. The purpose is to provide an inventory of core social policy databases and indicators for comparative research. We map 26 databases and infrastructures that fruitfully can be used in comparative research to analyse the causes and consequences of social policy. Each database is compared according to a set of characteristics, including type of data (expenditures, institutional indicators, beneficiary statistics, socio-economic/income surveys, microsimulation), policy areas included (cash benefits: family benefits, unemployment benefits, sickness benefits, pensions, work-accidents, social assistance, and disability/invalidity/survivors benefits; publicservices: child care, health care, elder care, and active labour market policy), countries and years covered, as well as interval for updating of data. Nearly all databases specialise on distinct parts of social policy, and data on cash benefits are some what more frequent than data on public services, particularly when institutional indicators are in focus. Compared with data on social expenditures and beneficiaries, institutional indicators are based on social policy legislation and thus independent of changes in social needs and population characteristics.

  • 2015. Laure Doctrinal, Kenneth Nelson, Sebastian Sirén.

    In this InGRID deliverable we develop a new approach to the measurement of income replacement in out-of-work benefits. We present the Out-of-Work Benefits (OUTWB) dataset, which is part of the SPIN database at the Swedish institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University. The OUTWB dataset includes new synthesise d measures on overall net replacement rates and progres-siveness of income replacement in out-of-work benefits. Our synthesised measures of income replacement are based on data from the OECD Benefits and Wages project

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Last updated: March 19, 2019

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