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Valérie-Anne Ryser

fors-13_08_12-12 Senior Researcher
Office 5646
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Valérie-Anne Ryser holds a PhD in social sciences from the University of Lausanne. In 2008 she started to work for the Swiss Household Panel (SHP). She is involved in data control and data cleaning activities for the yearly survey. She also organizes the biennial SHP methodological workshops and gave introductory courses about the SHP data management for doctoral students and advanced researchers. Her research interests focus also on family transitions and processes of regulations in old and very old age.


Adopting a life course perspective, Valérie-Anne Ryser’s research interests follow two directions: first, she is involved in researches related to family transitions and family formation, particularly questions related to the importance of marriage in Switzerland and low rate of out-of wedlock children compared to other European countries, or compared to the United States. Second, she is interested by subjective well-being changes during the life course and particularly how old and very old people adapt to new situations despite the increase of frailty in old and especially in very old age.



Ryser, V.-A. & Le Goff, J.-M. (submitted). The transition to marriage for cohabiting couples: does it shape subjective well-being and opinions or attitudes toward family?


Hanappi, D., Ryser, V.-A., Bernardi, L., & Le Goff, J.-M. (2017) Precarious work and fertility intentions: An analysis based on the Swiss household panel. European Journal of Population (EUJP). doi: 10.1007/s10680-016-9408-y.


Ryser, V.-A., & Wernli, B. (2016). How Does Transitioning into Retirement Impact the Individual Emotional System? Evidence from the Swiss Context. Advances in Life Course Research. doi:10.1016/j.alcr.2016.08.001.

Hanappi, D., Ryser, V.-A. & Bernardi, L. (2016). The role of attitudes towards maternal employment in the relationship between job quality and fertility intentions. Journal of Research in Gender Studies. 6(1), 192–219.

Tillmann, R., Voorpostel, M., Kuhn, U., Lebert, F., Ryser, V. A., Lipps, O., … & Antal, E. (2016). The Swiss Household Panel Study: Observing social change since 1999. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 7(1), 64-78.


Ryser, V.-A., & Le Goff, J.-M. (2015). Family Attitudes and Gender Opinions of Cohabiting and Married Mothers in Switzerland. Family Science, 6(1), 370-379.

Wernli, B., Ryser, V.-A., & Borrat-Besson, C. (2015). Bien-être subjectif: l’impact du départ à la retraite en Suisse. Revue Suisse de Sociologie, 41(3), 377-399.

Ryser, V.-A. (2015). Psychometric properties of extra-short Big Five personality measures in multi-topic surveys: Documenting personality traits in the SHP and MOSAiCH. FORS Working Paper Series, paper 2015-5. Lausanne: FORS.

Borrat-Besson, C., Ryser, V.-A., & Gonçalves, J. (2015). An evaluation of the CASP-12 scale used in the Survey of Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) to measure Quality of Life among people aged 50+. FORS Working Paper Series, paper 2015-4. Lausanne: FORS.

Weaver, F., Gonçalves, J. & Ryser V.-A. (2015) Socioeconomic inequalities in subjective well-being among the 50+: contributions of income and health. GSEM Working Paper Series 15-01-01, Geneva School of Economics & Management.


Hanappi, D. Ryser, V.-A, Bernardi, L., (2014). Coping strategies under uncertain, precarious employment conditions in Switzerland. EU consortium project Families and Societies Working paper series 12 2014.


Bernardi, L., Ryser, V.-A, & Le Goff, J.-M. (2013). Gender Role-Set, Family Orientations, and Women’s Fertility Intentions in Switzerland. Swiss journal of Sociology. 39(1), 9-31.

Borrat-Besson, C., Ryser, V.-A., Wernli B. (2013). Transition between frailty states- A European comparison. In Börsch-Supan Axel, Brandt Martina, Litwin Howard, Weber Guglielmo (eds.) Active ageing and solidarity between generations in Europe – First results from SHARE after the economic crisis (pp. 175-186). De Gruyter: Germany.

Le Goff, J.-M., & Ryser, V.-A. (2013). Mariage et union consensuelle avec enfant en Suisse. In Tabutin Dominique, Masquelier Bruno (eds). Ralentissements, résistances et ruptures dans les transitions démographiques (pp 157-172). Actes de la Chaire de Quetelet 2010. Chaire de Quetelet. Presses universitaires de Louvain. Belgique.


Levy, R., Ryser, V.-A. & Le Goff, Jean-Marie (2012). Fater werden: Ein zentraler Statusübergang im systematischen Vergleich von Lebensläufen. In Walter Heinz et Eickhorst Andreas (eds): Das Väter-Handbuch: Theorie, Forschung, Praxis (pp. 491- 510). Giessen, Allemagne: Psychosozial-Verlag.

Hanappi, D. Ryser, V.-A, Bernardi, L., & Le Goff, J.-M. (2012). Precarious Work and Fertility Intentions: An Analysis Based on the Swiss Household Panel Data. LIVES Working Paper. Université de Lausanne.


Ryser, V.-A, & Girardin, M., (2011). Bien-être subjectif dans la vieillesse et la grande vieillesse. In A-F Praz et S. Burgnard (eds) : Genre et bien-être (pp. 98-117) Collection Questions de genre, Zurich : Editions Seismo.

Ryser, V.-A. & Le Goff, J.-M. (2011). Le mariage en Suisse : contrainte institutionnelle ou choix de vie. In Gouazé S., Salles A., Prat-Erkert C. (eds): Les enjeux démographiques en France et en Allemagne : réalités et conséquences (pp 109-123). Collection Septentrion, Lille : France.


Le Goff, J.-M., & Ryser, V.-A. (2010). The meaning of marriage for men during their transition to fatherhood. The Swiss context. Marriage & Family Review. 46, 1-19.

Bernardi, L., Le Goff, J.-M., & Ryser, V. –A. (2010). Gender role-set, family orientations, and fertility intentions in Switzerland. PAVIE Working Papers Series. Université de Lausanne.


Tettamanti M., Ryser V.-A., & Spini D. (2009) Les effets ambivalents des stéréotypes liés au vieillissement chez les personnes âgées. In Collectif (Ed.), Transitions dans les parcours de vie et construction des inégalités (pp. 335-354). Lausanne : Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes.


Girardin, M., Spini, D., & Ryser, V.-A. (2008). The paradox of well-being in later life: Effectiveness of downward social comparison during the frailty process. In E. Guilley, Ch Lalive d’Epinay (Eds), The closing chapters of long lives (pp. 129-142). New York : Nova Science Publishers.


Spini, D., Ryser, V.-A., Ghisletta, P., de Ribeaupierre, A., & Sauvain-Dugerdil, C. (2005). La fragilité de la personne âgée dans une population vieillissante. In Collectif (Ed.), Eloge de l’altérité (pp.105-117). Grolley, Suisse: Les Editions de l’Hèbe.


Ryser, V.-A., Charvoz, L., Cina, A., & Bodenmann, G (2003). Programme antistress pour couple: Son efficacité sur deux ans concernant la qualité et la satisfaction conjugales. Journal de Thérapie Comportementale et Cognitive, 13(4), 157-163.