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Contingent life courses (C-LIFE)
Tracing Health and Welfare in the Nordic
Countries
22.10.2015
Kjetil van der Wel,
Associa...
The team
Institution Researcher(s)
Oslo and Akershus University
College
Espen Dahl (project leader)
Kjetil van der Wel
Jon...
Main objectives
1. Establish a Nordic register database including data on health and
mortality, socio-economic position an...
Two overarching project aims
1) To study of ‘welfare state life courses’, with a particular focus on
health as both an ind...
Four research strands
1. Critical life-stages I: Work, education and health in
adolescence and young adulthood.
2. Critica...
Risk reduction strategy I: hierarchical goals
Priority Data structure
1. Integrated comparative database with comprehensiv...
Risk reduction strategy II: cooperation
– National Statistical Institutes
– Register owners
– Data services
– Technical ex...
Nordic added value
– New insights:
– Greater variation in institutional setting
– Greater variation in natural experiments...
Thank you!
Contact: kjetil.wel@hioa.no
26.10.2015
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Contingent life courses (C-LIFE) Tracing Health and Welfare in the Nordic Countries

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Kjetil van der Wel,
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Contingent life courses (C-LIFE) Tracing Health and Welfare in the Nordic Countries

  1. 1. Contingent life courses (C-LIFE) Tracing Health and Welfare in the Nordic Countries 22.10.2015 Kjetil van der Wel, Associate professor Oslo and Akershus University College
  2. 2. The team Institution Researcher(s) Oslo and Akershus University College Espen Dahl (project leader) Kjetil van der Wel Jon Ivar Elstad Stockholm University Olle Lundberg University of Copenhagen Anne-Marie Nybo-Andersen University of Helsinki Pekka Martikainen 26.10.2015
  3. 3. Main objectives 1. Establish a Nordic register database including data on health and mortality, socio-economic position and work, education, and use of welfare benefits from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. 2. Extend project period by using the infrastructure as a plattform for attracting additional funding from other sources. 3. Identify barriers, opportunities and challenges of technical, organisational, legal and ethical nature, as well as to establish a user database for the joint register, describing data and harmonisation procedures 26.10.2015
  4. 4. Two overarching project aims 1) To study of ‘welfare state life courses’, with a particular focus on health as both an independent and dependent variable in studies of statistically marginal groups. 2) To study of trends in the social structure in the Nordic countries, i.e. the development of health inequality, income inequality, social mobility and labour market exclusion and benefit use, and how these trends relate to differences in - and changes to – the welfare policy structure 26.10.2015
  5. 5. Four research strands 1. Critical life-stages I: Work, education and health in adolescence and young adulthood. 2. Critical life stages II: Work, welfare and chronic disease in adulthood and old age. 3. Disadvantaged life trajectories: marginal groups in the Nordic welfare states. 4. Health inequalities, income inequality and social mobility 26.10.2015
  6. 6. Risk reduction strategy I: hierarchical goals Priority Data structure 1. Integrated comparative database with comprehensive information on life-courses 2. Integrated comparative database with limited information in combination with richer non-integrated comparable national data. 3. Aggregated comparative database in combination with non-integrated comparable national data. 26.10.2015
  7. 7. Risk reduction strategy II: cooperation – National Statistical Institutes – Register owners – Data services – Technical expertise – Policy makers – Other Nordic Register Data Pilot –projects – Data users within social science and public health 26.10.2015
  8. 8. Nordic added value – New insights: – Greater variation in institutional setting – Greater variation in natural experiments and social policy reforms – Identification and tracking of statistically marginally social groups – The Nordic countries are considered theoretically interesting cases in comparative health inequality research – Nordic academic integration – Stimulate collaboration between the four major universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden – The project may become the basis for increased communication and dialogue between Nordic countries and academic disciplines in a way that clearly will be beneficial from a common Nordic perspective 26.10.2015
  9. 9. Thank you! Contact: kjetil.wel@hioa.no 26.10.2015

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