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Dr. Jan Skopek

Associate Professor (Sociology)

Jan Skopek, Dr., is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. Previously, he held positions as post-doctoral researcher at the State Institute of Family Research at the University of Bamberg, Germany, and as post-doctoral Senior Researcher at the Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (CLIC) located at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy. At the EUI, he was part of the research team on the ERC-funded international comparative research project 'Education as a Lifelong Process - Comparing Educational Trajectories in Modern Societies' (eduLIFE). Before that, he headed the Research Data Centre of the German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) located at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), Bamberg (Germany). His research relates to family and social stratification, social demography, the life course, cross-national comparison, and quantitative methodology. He is co-editor of several books and is publishing in internationally renowned journals.
 Demographic and social pathways of educational reproduction: A cross-national study
 ISOTIS - Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society
 Can preschool reduce migrant gaps? A longitudinal study of migration-related disparities in educational opportunities and the role of early childhood education.
 The Late Divide: Gender and the Division of Labor in Older Couples
 eduLIFE: Education as a Lifelong Process. Comparing Educational Trajectories in Modern Societies.

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Details Date
Referee for applicants to IRC post-graduate scholarship programme
Details Date From Date To
Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (CLIC), European University Institute, Florence/Italy 2013 2016
Institute for Longitudinal Educational Research (INBIL), Bamberg, Germany 2011 2013
International Sociological Association (ISA), Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility 2013 today
Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 2018 today
Passaretta, G., Skopek, J., van Huizen, T., Is social inequality in school-age achievement generated before or during schooling? A European perspective, European Sociological Review, (forthcoming), 2022, Notes: [publication accepted and forthcoming], Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Sprong, S. and Skopek, J., Academic achievement gaps by migration background at school starting age in Ireland, European Societies , online advance, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Grandparent status and multigenerational relationships. in, editor(s)Norbert Schneider; Michaela Kreyenfeld , Research Handbook of Sociology of the Family , Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021, pp278 - 299, [Skopek, J.], Notes: [a peer review was convened by the book editor], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Passaretta, G., Skopek, J. , Does schooling decrease socioeconomic inequality in early achievement? A differential exposure approach. , American Sociological Review, 86, (6), 2021, p1017 - 1042, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Skopek, J. and Passaretta, G., Socioeconomic Inequality in Children's Achievement from Infancy to Adolescence: The Case of Germany, Social Forces, 100, (1), 2021, p86 - 112, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Skopek, J, Leopold, T., Educational reproduction in Germany: A prospective study based on retrospective data, Demography, 57, (4), 2020, p1241 - 1270, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Skopek, J., Triventi, M., Blossfeld, H.-P., How do institutional factors shape PhD completion rates? An analysis of long-term changes in a European doctoral program, Studies in Higher Education, (published online), 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
How do educational systems affect social inequality of educational opportunities? The role of tracking in comparative perspective in, editor(s)Becker, Rolf , Research Handbook of Sociology of Education, Edward Elgar, 2019, [Skopek, J., Triventi, M., Buchholz, S], Notes: [a peer review was convened by the book editor], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Kulic, N., Skopek, J., Triventi, M., Blossfeld, H.-P. , Social Background and Children's Cognitive Skills: The Role of Early Childhood Education and Care in a Cross-National Perspective, Annual Review of Sociology, 45, (1), 2019, p557 - 579, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Skopek, J., Leopold, T. , Explaining Gender Convergence in Housework Time: Evidence from a Cohort Sequence Design , Social Forces, 98, (2), 2019, p578 - 621, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Passaretta, G., Skopek, J., Does Schooling Decrease Socioeconomic Inequality in Early Achievement? A Differential Exposure Approach. , Meeting of EQOP (Socioeconomic gaps in language development and school achievement: Mechanisms of inequality and opportunity, PI: Henrik D. Zachrisson), Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo, January 13, 2022, Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Skopek, J., Event history analysis - Introduction and advanced applications (two-day methodology workshop) , Mannheim, Germany, May 3-4, 2021, GESIS Knowledge Transfer, Training Courses, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Skopek, J., Introduction to panel data analysis (two-day online methodology workshop), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona/Spain, May 20/27, 2021, BACES - Barcelona Center for European Studies, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
De Vries, J., Smith, R., Skopek, J., Coughlan, P., Arikan, G. & Byrne, M., WE VALUE YOUR OPINION OF QUALITY IN TRINITY, Appendix to ISER, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Sept, 2021, p1 - 49, Notes: [This report is relevant to ascertaining quality of education at Trinity College Dublin and is therefore related to educational policy.], Report, PUBLISHED
Sprong, S., Skopek, J., Do migration-related gaps find their roots in the period before formal schooling? A path-model of educational achievement in primary school. , 2021, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Sprong, S., Skopek, J., Examining the "migrant gap" at school starting age: the case of Ireland., 2021, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Skopek, J., (keynote speaker) Education systems, schooling and achievement inequality in cross-national perspective., Conference "Heterogeneity and Inequality: Differentiation in Education and Consequences for Educational Inequalities", University of Bern, November 5-6, 2020, Sociology of Education Research Network of the Swiss Sociological Association, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Passaretta, G., Skopek, J., Van Huizen, T., To what extent is social inequality in school-age achievement determined before and during schooling? A longitudinal analysis in three European countries, 2020, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Passaretta, G., Skopek, J. , Does schooling decrease social inequality in early achievement?, 2020, Notes: [SocArXiv], Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Skopek, J., (keynote speaker) How to study individual changes over time using fixed-effects panel regression models, Household Dynamics, Family Events, and Inequalities in the Life-Course, University of Trento, October 9-11, 2019, Trento School of Applied Quantitative Research, University of Trento, Notes: [Keynote speaker at the Trento School of Applied Quantitative Research 'Household Dynamics, Family Events, and Inequalities in the Life-Course', University of Trento, October 9-11. ], Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Award for exceptional study performance (Diplom-Kaufmann Hermann-Weiler Foundation) December 2004
I am a social scientist with a core interest in the study of social stratification, social inequality, and social demography. Understanding social inequality in modern society by means of rigorous empirical determination and testing is a central concern of my research. My research portfolio has borne out major contributions to research on a) educational inequality, especially concerning the evolution of inequality in educational outcomes from early childhood to adolescence as well as the role schooling and school systems (the social organisation of schooling) play in shaping educational inequality, b) intergenerational social mobility, especially concerning the question of how change in demographic processes (such as fertility or marriage) shapes educational mobility from one generation to the next, c) gender inequality, especially concerning the question of how and why the gendered division of labour in paid and unpaid work has changed at different stages of people's lives, d) intergenerational relations and the multigenerational family, especially concerning the changing demographic makeup of the grandparent-grandchild relation and its variation across modern societies. My research employs cutting-edge quantitative-statistical research methodology, causal analysis, longitudinal designs, and cross-national comparisons, the latter frequently facilitated by international research collaborations. Apart from making substantive contributions, my work features several methodological innovations.