Prof Ola Sjöberg
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Organisation: Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)
Phone: +46 8 162150
Mobile: +46 708768058
Ola Sjöberg Swedish Institute for Social Research Universitetsvägen 10F Stockholm University
10691 Stockholm

Further organisations:
Labour Relations and Human Resource Management (Swedish Institute for Social Research)

I am professor of sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research. My main research interests are comparative social policy and labour market research and how social institutions affect health and well-being. I also teach the course "Work organization and working conditions" (AKPA 2).

Work in progress (comments are welcome, but do not quote)
Den svenska kollektivavtalsmodellen i förändring

Postitive welfare state dynamics. Sickness benefits and sickness absence in Europe 1997-2011

Publications in peer-reviewed Journals
Lundberg, O., Åberg Yngwe, M., Bergqvist, K. and Sjöberg, O. (2015) Welfare States and Health Inequalities. Canadian Public Policy (november).

Ferrarini, T., Nelson, K. and Sjöberg, O (2014) Unemployment insurance and deteriorating self-rated health in 23 European countries. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

Ferrarini, T., Nelson, K. and Sjöberg, O. (2014). "Decomposing the effect of social policies on population health and inequalities: An empirical example of unemployment benefits."Scandinavian journal of public health 42(7): 635-642.

Sjöberg, O. (2014) "Old-age pensions and population health: A global and cross-national perspective."Global Public Health, vol. 9(3): 271-285.

Pega, F., Blakely, T., Carter, C. and Sjöberg, O. (2012) "The explanation of a paradox? A commentary on Mackenbach with perspectives from research on financial credits and risk factor trends" Social Science & Medicine, vol. 75 (4): 770-773.

Sjöberg, O. (2010). "Social Insurance as a Collective Resource: Unemployment Benefits, Job Insecurity and Subjective Well-being in a Comparative Perspective". Social Forces, vol. 88(3): 1281-1304.

Sjöberg, O. (2010). "Ambivalent Attitudes, Contradictory Institutions: Ambivalence in Gender-Role Attitudes in Comparative Perspective". International Journal of Comparative Sociology, vol. 51(1-2): 33-57.

Sjöberg, O. and T. Ferrarini (2010). "Social Policy and Health: Transition Countries in a Comparative Perspective". I Åberg Yngwe M, Fritzell J, Kölegård M and Lundberg O. (red). Social Policies and Public Health Across the Life Course, International Journal of Social Welfare, 2010, 19 (Suppl X).

Sjöberg, O. (2009) "Corporate Governance and Earnings Inequality in the OECD Countries 1979-2000". European Sociological Review, vol. 25(5): 519-534.

I. Esser, T. Ferrarini, K. Nelson and O. Sjöberg, O. (2009). "A Framework for Comparing Social Protection in Developing and Developed Countries: The Example of Child Benefits". International Social Security Review, vol. 62(1): 91-115

Sjöberg, O. (2008). "Labour Market Mobility and Worker's Skills in a Comparative Perspective: Exploring the Role of Unemployment Insurance Benefits". International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 17(1): 74-83.

Sjöberg, O. (2004). "The Role of Family Policy Institutions in Explaining Gender-Role Attitudes: a Comparative Multi-level Analysis of Thirteen Industrialized Countries". Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 14(2): 107-123.

Palme, J., Å. Bergmark, O. Bäckman, F. Estrada, J. Fritzell, O. Lundberg, O. Sjöberg and M. Szebehely. (2002). "Welfare Trends in Sweden: Balancing the Books for the 1990s". Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 12(4): 329-347.

 Sjöberg, O. (2000). "Unemployment and Unemployment Benefits in the OECD 1960 - 1990 - An Empirical Test of Neo-Classical Economic Theory'. Work, Employment, and Society, vol. 14(1): 51-76.

Sjöberg, O. "Paying for Social Rights". Journal of Social Policy, vol. 28(2): 275-297.

Other publications (selection)
Ferrarini, T., Nelson, K. Palme, J. and O. Sjöberg, (2012) Sveriges socialförsäkringar i jämförande perspektiv. En institutionell analys av sjuk-, arbetsskade- och arbetslöshetsförsäkringarna i 18 OECD-länder 1930 till 2010. ("Social Insurance in Sweden in Comparative Perspective. An Institutional Analysis of Sickness-, Work Accident- and Unemployment Insurance in 18 OECD countries 1930-2010"). Underlagsrapport nr. 10 till den parlamentariska socialförsäkringsutredningen (S 2010:04). Stockholm: Socialdepartementet.

Palme, J., K. Nelson, O. Sjöberg and R. Minas. (2009). European Social Models, Protection and Inclusion. Research Report 2009/1, Institute for Futures Studies.

Palme, Joakim, Å. Bergmark, O. Bäckman, F. Estrada, J. Fritzell, O. Lundberg, O. Sjöberg, L. Sommestad and M. Szebehely. (2003). A Welfare Balance Sheet for the 1990s. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, Supplement 60, August

Contracts (1)
Unemployment benefits and post-unemployment job quality: a project on the importance of unemployment benefits for matching processes on the labour market
Period: 1/1/08 - 12/31/10
The basic research question guiding this project is whether unemployment benefits may function as a search subsidy for unemployed workers, allowing them to extend their search for relatively more adequate jobs over a longer period of time. Whereas the effect of unemployment benefits on the duration ...