Transition to Parenthood: The Role of Social Interaction and Endogenous Networks

TitreTransition to Parenthood: The Role of Social Interaction and Endogenous Networks
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuteursAparicio Diaz, B, Fent, T, Prskawetz, A, Bernardi, L
JournalDemography
Volume48
Ticket2
Pagination559-579
Date Published5/2011
ISSN0070-3370
DOI10.1007/s13524-011-0023-6
Short TitleDemography
Refereed DesignationRefereed

Long-term changes in social mortality differentials, Geneva, 1625–2004

TitreLong-term changes in social mortality differentials, Geneva, 1625–2004
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuteursSchumacher, R, Oris, M
JournalExplorations in Economic History
Volume48
Ticket3
Pagination357-365
Date Published7/2011
ISSN00144983
Mots-clésfundamental causes theory, Geneva, mortality, social inequality
Résumé

In this paper we argue that in order to test competing hypotheses on the emergence of social mortality differentials, one has to adopt a long-term perspective. Studying social inequality in mortality in Geneva from 1625 to 2005, we use historical mortality data published by different authors and contemporary data drawn from an ongoing research project. The comparison over four centuries gives evidence to both the constancy and convergence hypotheses. Mortality is systematically lower-than-average among elites on the one hand, but on the other hand the difference between the top and the bottom of the social ladder is decreasing over time.

DOI10.1016/j.eeh.2011.05.011
Short TitleExplorations in Economic History
Refereed DesignationRefereed

Democratization of ageing: also a reality for elderly immigrants?

TitreDemocratization of ageing: also a reality for elderly immigrants?
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuteursBolzman, C
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Pagination1-17
Date Published09/2011
ISSN1369-1457
Mots-clésaccess to social services, elderly immigrants, inequalities, social and health situation, social security, Switzerland
Résumé

Various papers published in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe have highlighted an improvement in the living conditions of new cohorts reaching retirement age. This paper examines whether this general trend to old age democratization applies also to elderly immigrants. It reviews some dimensions of the older immigrant population situation in Switzerland. It explores mainly their socio-economic and health situation. The article also examines their access to social security and to social services for elderly people. It reports selected findings from two original surveys carried in Switzerland in the 1990s (Pre-Retired Immigrants study, PRI) and the 2000s (Minority Elderly Care study, MEC) on older Italian, Spanish and former Yugoslavians citizens who are residents in the country. The article gives also more general information about Swiss social security and social work with older populations.

DOI10.1080/13691457.2011.562018
Short TitleEuropean Journal of Social Work
Refereed DesignationRefereed

Discrepancy Analysis of State Sequences

TitreDiscrepancy Analysis of State Sequences
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuteursStuder, M, Ritschard, G, Gabadinho, A, Müller, NS
JournalSociological Methods & Research
Volume40
Ticket3
Pagination471-510
Date Published08/2011
ISSN0049-1241
Mots-clésanalysis of variance, dissimilarities, distance, homogeneity in discrepancies, Levene test, optimal matching, permutation test, regression tree, state sequence, tree-structured ANOVA
Résumé

In this article, the authors define a methodological framework for analyzing the relationship between state sequences and covariates. Inspired by the principles of analysis of variance, this approach looks at how the covariates explain the discrepancy of the sequences. The authors use the pairwise dissimilarities between sequences to determine the discrepancy, which makes it possible to develop a series of statistical significance–based analysis tools. They introduce generalized simple and multifactor discrepancy-based methods to test for differences between groups, a pseudo-R2 for measuring the strength of sequence-covariate associations, a generalized Levene statistic for testing differences in the within-group discrepancies, as well as tools and plots for studying the evolution of the differences along the time frame and a regression tree method for discovering the most significant discriminant covariates and their interactions. In addition, the authors extend all methods to account for case weights. The scope of the proposed methodological framework is illustrated using a real-world sequence data set.

DOI10.1177/0049124111415372
Short TitleSociological Methods & Research
Refereed DesignationRefereed

A mixed-methods social networks study design for research on transnational families

TitreA mixed-methods social networks study design for research on transnational families
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuteursBernardi, L
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume73
Ticket4
Pagination788-803
Date Published08/2011
DOI10.1111/j.1741-3737.2011.00845.x
Refereed DesignationRefereed

The demand for social insurance: Does culture matter?

TitreThe demand for social insurance: Does culture matter?
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuteursEugster, B, Lalive, R, Steinhauer, A, Zweimüller, J
JournalThe Economic Journal
Volume121
Ticket556
PaginationF413-F448
Date Published11/2011
Résumé

Does culture shape the demand for social insurance against risks to health and work? We study this issue across language groups in Switzerland where a language border sharply separates social groups at identical actual levels of publicly provided social insurance. We find substantially stronger support for expansions of social insurance among residents of French, Italian or Romansh‐speaking language border municipalities compared with their German‐speaking neighbours in adjacent municipalities. Informal insurance does not vary enough to explain stark differences in social insurance but differences in ideology and segmented media markets potentially contribute to the discrepancy in demand for social insurance.

DOI10.1111/ecoj.2011.121.issue-55610.1111/j.1468-0297.2011.02479.x
Refereed DesignationRefereed

A sociological assessment of conjugal conflict

TitreA sociological assessment of conjugal conflict
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuteursGiudici, F, Widmer, E, Ghisletta, P
JournalSociologia, Problemas e Práticas
Volume67
Pagination9-21
Date Published09/2011
Mots-clésclosure, conjugal conflict, division of labor, individualism, longitudinal, structural equation model
Résumé

A sociological explanation of conjugal conflict was often stressed but seldom empirically tested. Based on a two-wave longitudinal dataset of 1534 women in heterosexual relationships, we use structural equation modeling (SEM) to measure the impact of the division of household labor, individualism and conjugal closure on the likelihood of conjugal conflicts. Results indicate that conjugal individualism has a major impact, division of household labor a minor impact, and conjugal closure no impact, on conjugal conflict. Results are discussed in the light of current sociological debates on partnerships.

Refereed DesignationRefereed

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