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Research with German and Norwegian Register Data on Family Economics

Workshop format

Due to the developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop will be conducted via Zoom.

However, if the circumstances allow a meeting onsite, the co-organisators in Norway may realise a hybrid event in Bergen, Norway.

There are no registration fees.


26. - 27. May 2021


Gender equality is one of the most important social goals of our time. The labour market participation of women and the reconciliation of family and work life represent central dimensions in achieving more equality in labour markets. Inequality at work and in family relations can be analysed both from the individual and the firm perspective. The primary goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers who address novel questions related to family, household and labour economics using Norwegian or German register data. The secondary objective of the workshop is to bring together junior and senior researchers, in an informal setting, to discuss what we have learned from working with register data and the possibilities such data provide for new research.

The workshop focuses on Norway and Germany, which are two countries with high gender equality when it comes to education and labour force participation, but still high degrees of gender segregation regarding occupation and industries. Remarkable differences between these economies remain in terms of the gender wage gap and family-work balance. Germany is among the countries with the largest gender pay gap in Europe (21 percent in 2017; Eurostat 2019). Norway is among the three countries with the highest gender equality in the world (World Economic Forum). Norway has also been the first country to enact a gender quota-law regarding board positions and has introduced specific programs to increase the share of female entrepreneurs. Nevertheless, the share of women in top general manager positions is only around 7 percent. This raises questions about the efficiency of gender equality and family policies, directed either at individuals, households or the formal labour market, e.g. with respect to how firms are organised to achieve inclusive work-life. For contributory sessions, we particularly invite junior researchers and researchers in economics and sociology to submit their research. Submissions to the workshop should be on Family, Household and Labour Economics including topics, such as:

  • female employment, flexible work arrangements and parttime work.
  • gender differences in promotions, hierarchies, occupations and earnings.
  • management practices, work-family conflicts and family friendliness.
  • the role of government and establishments, family policies and diversity policies.
  • measurement issues.
  • data access, data ethics and replication issues when data is not publicly available

Keynote Lectures

Uta Schönberg (University College London) and Knut Røed (Frisch Centre)

Scientific Committee

  • Josef Brüderl (University of Munich)

  • Daniela Grunow (University of Frankfurt)

  • Christina Gathmann (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER))

  • Astrid Kunze (Norwegian School of Economics (NHH))

  • Dana Müller (FDZ-IAB)

  • Arvid Raknerud (Statistics Norway (SSB))

  • Thor Olav Thoresen (SSB)

Call for Papers

Please send your full paper or long abstract to by 28th February 2021.

Important dates

  • February 28, 2021: Submission deadline
  • March 15, 2021: Acceptance deadline
  • March 15, 2021: Registration start
  • May 21, 2021: Registration deadline

Further Information

More information about the conferenceResearch with German and Norwegian Register Data on Family Economics" on Xing.

Technical Advices

The seminars will be streamed via Zoom.

For a smooth participation in the seminars we recommend:

  • a current browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge Chromium)
  • When opening the invitation links to the seminars, you can decide whether you want to participate via the Zoom client or via the browser. Installing the Zoom client and dialing into an event via the "Zoom Client" offers more options.
  • use of a headset or microphone
  • optional use of a camera