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Occupational Attainment and Career Progression in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2011 (English)In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 13, no 3, 451-479 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We analyze occupational attainment and career progression over the life course for Swedish men and women, born in 1925–1974. Careers progress (measured as improvements in occupational prestige) fast during the first 5–10 years in the labour market, and flatten out afterwards (approximately between 30–40 years of age). This is in line with the occupational status maturation hypothesis. Both class origin and educational attainment affect occupational attainment. The effects of educational attainment vary more over the career, but depend on the educational attainment level in question. Successive cohorts of women gain higher occupational prestige, and continue to gain in occupational prestige longer across their careers. We also find that cohorts that entered the labour market in times of economic downturns and restructuring (the oil crisis years and the early 1990s) had more difficulties in establishing their careers. Returns to education generally increase across cohorts, while class background differences decrease, as has been reported in earlier research.

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2011. Vol. 13, no 3, 451-479 p.
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occupational attainment, careers, stratification, growth curve analysis, Sweden
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-59331DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2011.568261ISI: 000299261800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-59331DiVA: diva2:426815
Available from: 2011-06-27 Created: 2011-06-27 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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