Life Course

Longitudinal analysis over the life course is crucial for the assessment of the impact of individual and public decisions and events on people’s lives and attitudes. FORS provides large longitudinal datasets regarding living conditions, values and attitudes in Switzerland and specialises in the analysis of longitudinal data.

Recent publications from FORS concerning Life Course research

Scientific publications of FORS collaborators
Measuring Social Networks and Social Resources: An Exploratory ISSP Survey around the World, Joye, Dominique, Sapin, Marlène, and Wolf, Christoph,  (2019). GESIS-Schriftenreihe, 22, Köln: GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften.

Union libre, égalité et bien-être en SuisseLe Goff Jean-MarieRyser Valérie-Anne2018/10/15Lives Working Paper 70 pp. 1-26. Peer-reviewed.

Awareness, approval and completion of advance directives in older adults in SwitzerlandVilpert S.Borrat-Besson C.Maurer J.Borasio G.D.2018/07/16Swiss medical weekly148 pp. w14642. Peer-reviewed.

Childcare and Maternal Part-Time Employment: A Natural Experiment Using Swiss Cantons, Ravazzini Laura, 2018/07/03. Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics pp. 1-25. Peer-reviewed.

Buffering Effects for Negative Life Events: The Role of Material, Social, Religious and Personal ResourcesKuhn UrsinaBrulé Gaël2018/06/30Journal of Happiness Studies. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Exploring the cohabitation gap in relationship dissolution and health and wellbeing: A longitudinal analysis of transitions from cohabitation and marriage in Switzerland and AustraliaHewitt BelindaVoorpostel MariekeTurrell Gavin2018. pp. 31-46 in Tillmann RobinVoorpostel MariekeFarago Peter(eds.) Social dynamics in Swiss society: Empirical studies based on the Swiss Household PanelSpringer. [DOI]

Wealth, Savings and Children Among Swiss, German and Australian FamiliesRavazzini LauraKuhn Ursina2018. pp. 161-174 in Tillmann RobinVoorpostel MariekeFarago Peter (eds.) Social Dynamics in Swiss SocietySpringer International Publishing. [DOI]

The Transition to Marriage for Cohabiting Couples: Does it Shape Subjective Well-being and Opinions or Attitudes Toward Family, Ryser Valérie-Anne, Le Goff Jean-Marie, 2018/06/18. pp. 47-59 dans Tillman Robin, Vorpoostel Marieke, Farago Peter (eds.) Social Dynamics in Swiss Society. Empirical studies based on the Swiss Household Panel chap. 4, Springer. [DOI]

Differences in triage category, priority level and hospitalization rate between young-old and old-old patients visiting the emergency departmentVilpert S.Monod S.Jaccard Ruedin H.Maurer J.Trueb L.Yersin B.Büla C.2018/06/15BMC health services research18(1) p. 456. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

With whom do we compare our income? The effect of gendered income comparisons on subjective well-being, Ravazzini Laura, Piekałkiewicz Marcin dans Bianco Adele, Gnaldi Michela, Conigliaro Paola (eds.) Springerbrief, Springer.

Les effets de genre de la séparation sur l’endettement des hommes et des femmes en Suisse : une analyse longitudinale, Wernli BorisHenchoz Caroline2018Recherches familiales15 (1) p. 77. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Situation de vie des hommes et des pères, et égalités des sexes en Suisse : analyse secondaire de données liées à la répartition des tâches au sein d’un ménageAmiguet M.Stadelmann S. Wernli B.Spencer B.2018. (28765Institut de Médecine sociale et préventive (IUMSP), Centre d’évaluation et d’expertise en santé publique (CEESAN). [DOI]

Inequality and Wealth: Comparing the Gender Wealth Gap in Switzerland and Australia, Ravazzini Laura, Chesters Jenny, 2018/06/07. Feminist Economics pp. 1-25. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Fictive kin and families of choice in the European context, Voorpostel Marieke2018Family Focus FF75 pp. F1-F3.

Health-related inequalities in subjective well-being among the 50+ population in Europe: Evidence from SHARE, Ryser Valérie-Anne, Weaver France, Gonçalves Judite, 2018. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 44 (2) pp. 301-325. Peer-reviewed.

Homeownership and Wealth in Switzerland and Germany, Kuhn Ursina, Grabka Markus, 2018. pp. 175-185 dans Tillmann Robin, Voorpostel Marieke, Farago Peter (eds.) Life Course Research and Social Policies, Springer International Publishing. [DOI]

Situation de vie des hommes et des pères, et égalités des sexes en Suisse : analyse secondaire de données liées à la répartition des tâches au sein d’un ménage, Amiguet M., Stadelmann S. , Wernli B., Spencer B., 2018. (287), Institut de Médecine sociale et préventive (IUMSP), Centre d’évaluation et d’expertise en santé publique (CEESAN).

Social Dynamics in Swiss Society. Empirical Studies Based on the Swiss Household Panel, Tillmann Robin, Voorpostel Marieke, Farago Peter, 2018., Springer International Publishing. [DOI]

The Association Between Self-Reported Health Problems and Household Prosperity, Masia Maurizia, Budowski Monica, Tillmann Robin, 2018. pp. 97-111 dansLife Course Research and Social Policies, Springer International Publishing. [DOI]

The Wage Penalty for Motherhood : Evidence on Discrimination from Panel Data and a Survey Experiment for Switzerland, Oesch Daniel, Lipps Oliver, McDonald Patrick, 2017/12/08. Demographic Research, 37 pp. 1793-1824. [DOI]

Do opposites attract? Educational assortative mating and dynamics of wage homogamy in Switzerland 1992-2014, Ravazzini Laura, Kuhn Ursina, Suter Christian, 2017/11/30. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie / Swiss Journal of Sociology, 43 (3) pp. 567-586. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

How Does Transitioning into Retirement Impact the Individual Emotional System? Evidence from the Swiss Context?, Ryser V.-A., Wernli B., 2017/06. Advances in Life Course Research, 32 pp. 42-54. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Which Inequality Makes People Dissatisfied with Their Lives? Evidence of the Link Between Life Satisfaction and Inequalities, Ravazzini Laura, Chávez-Juárez Florian, 2017/04/10. Social Indicators Research pp. 1-25. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Les nouvelles masculinités en Suisse : une approche par l’idéologie de genre et la répartition du travail rémunéré et non rémunéré au sein des couples, Ben Salah Hakim, Wernli Boris, Henchoz Caroline, 2017/03/14. Enfances Familles Générations 26 pp. 1-27. Peer-reviewed.

Changes in Employment Uncertainty and the Fertility Intention-Realization Link: An Analysis Based on the Swiss Household Panel, Hanappi Doris, Ryser Valérie-Anne, Bernardi L.aura, Le Goff Jean-Marie, 2017. European journal of population = Revue europeenne de demographie, 33 (3) pp. 381-407. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

The Impact of Female Labour Force Participation on Household Income Inequality in Switzerland, Kuhn Ursina, Ravazzini Laura, 2017/01/01. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie / Swiss Journal of Sociology, 43 (1) pp. 115-135. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Work-Life Conflict of Working Couples Before and During the Crisis in 18 European Countries, Ochsner Michael, Szalma Ivett, 2017. pp. 77-99 dans Breen Michael J. (eds.) Values and Identities in Europe. Evidence from the European Social Survey, Routledge.

Reducing employment insecurity: further training and the role of the family context, Lebert Florence, Antal Erika, 2016/10/01. SAGE Open, 6 (4) pp. 1-17. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

The Role of Attitudes towards Maternal Employment in the Relationship between Job Quality and Fertility Intentions, Hanappi D., Ryser V.-A., Bernardi L., 2016/02. Journal of Research in Gender Studies, 6 (1) pp. 192-219. Peer-reviewed.

Career pathways and professional transitions : preliminary results from the first wave of a 7-year longitudinal study, Maggiori Ch., Rossier J., Krings F., Johnston C., Massoudi K., 2016. pp. 131-157dans Oris M., Roberts C., Joye D., Ernst-Staehli M. (eds.) Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course chap. 6, Springer. [DOI]

Parenthood and Well-Being : the Moderating Role of Leisure and Paid Work, Roeters A., Mandemakers J.J., Voorpostel M., 2016. European Journal of Population, 32 (3) pp. 381-401. Peer-reviewed.

Self-reported health among lone mothers in Switzerland : Do employment and education matter?, Struffolino E., Bernardi L., Voorpostel M., 2016. Population-E, 71 (2) pp. 187-214. Peer-reviewed.

Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course, Oris Michel, Roberts Caroline, Joye Dominique, Ernst Staehli Michèle (eds.), 2016., 1 Life Course Research and Social Policies, 3 242, Springer. [DOI]

Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course : Balancing substantive and methodological challenges, Oris Michel, Roberts Caroline, Joye Dominique, Ernst Staehli Michèle, 2016. pp. 1-25 dans Oris Michel, Roberts Caroline, Joye Dominique, Ernst Staehli Michèle(eds.) Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course chap. 1, Springer. [DOI]

Turnover as a Strategy to Escape Job Insecurity : the Role of Family Determinants in Dual-Earner Couples, Lebert Florence, Voorpostel Marieke, 2016. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 37 (3) pp. 407-421. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Vulnerability Following a Critical Life Event : Temporary Crisis or Chronic Distress ? A Psychological Controversy, Methodological Considerations, and Empirical Evidence, Perrig-Chiello P., Hutchison S., Knöpfli B., 2016. pp. 87-111 dans Oris M., Roberts C., Joye D., Ernst Staehli M. (eds.) Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course chap. 4, Springer. [DOI]

Bien-être subjectif : l’impact du départ à la retraite en Suisse, Wernli B., Ryser V.-A., Borrat-Besson C., 2015/11. Revue Suisse de Sociologie, 41 (3) pp. 377-399. Peer-reviewed.

Family Attitudes and Gender Opinions of Cohabiting and Married Mothers in Switzerland, Ryser V.-A., Le Goff J.-M., 2015/10. Family Science pp. 1-10. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Les conséquences financières du départ du foyer parental : une analyse longitudinale des données du Panel suisse de ménages, Wernli B., Henchoz C., 2015/07. Swiss journal of Sociology, 41 (2) pp. 311-328. Peer-reviewed.

The effect of parental separation on young adults’ political and civic participation, Voorpostel M, Coffé H., 2015. Social Indicators Research, 124 (1) pp. 295-316. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Papers from the FORS Working Paper Series
Contributions to blogs, newspapers and other non-scientific media
Comment le statut social des individus influence leur choix d’un partenaire? Ursina Kuhn, Laura Ravazzini, 30.05.2019, Tribu, RTS.

Comment se porte lʹunion libre? Valérie-Anne Ryser, 04.05.2019. 6h-9h, le samedi, La Première, RTS.

Pensionsansprüche: Vermögensungleichheit auf dem Prüfstand (only available in German). Kuhn Ursina, 04.12.2018Knoten & Maschen.

Quel est le secret du mariage? Valérie-Anne Ryser, 12.09.2018. RTS Avis d’experts.

Ils se séparent: qui s’endette? Henchoz CarolineWernli Boris, 02.07.2018 (only available in French)REISO, Revue d’information sociale. Peer-reviewed.

Nur unfreiwillige Teilzeitarbeit macht Väter unglücklich (also available in French). Ursina Kuhn, 16.07.2018. Defacto.

Poverty makes active ageing more difficult. Franziska Ehrler, Martina Guggisberg, 04.2018. Swiss federal statistics office, DEMOS 1/2018.

Teilzeit oder Vollzeit, was macht zufriedener? Die Antwort ist nicht dieselbe für Väter und Mütter (also available in French). Florence Lebert, Gian-Andrea Monsch, Valérie-Anne Ryser, Caroline Henchoz, Boris Wernli, 05.09.2017. Defacto.

Travailler, comment on s’arrête? Valérie-Anne Ryser, 06.09.2015. RTS, Avis d’experts.

Two major data sources for life course research

Swiss Household Panel

The Swiss Household Panel (SHP) follows the same households over the years. The household members are interviewed annually and answer a broad range of questions covering various domains of life and approaches in social science. The data collection started in 1999 with a sample of 5,074 household containing 12,931 household members. In 2004 a second sample of 2,538 households with a total of 6,569 household members was added; and since 2013 the SHP contains a third sample of 4’093 households and 9’945 individuals. Accordingly, the first households are followed for almost twenty years now. Thus, the Swiss Household Panel constitutes a rich and unique database for the social sciences and especially for life course research in terms of longitudinal survey data for Switzerland.

Survey on health, ageing and retirement in Europe SHARE

The SHARE study started interviewing people aged 50 or older in Europe in 2004. In the beginning Switzerland participated together with 10 other European countries and Israel. In the meantime almost twenty European countries participate in der survey. In Switzerland the same households were interviewed seven times until today, once every two years. The survey covers various topics and provides therefore individual panel data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks. By providing panel data over 15 years, but also because certain waves contained detailed retrospective questions on the life course, the SHARE data constitutes a major source for life course research in Switzerland and Europe.