Labor market studies and ethnic school segregation

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Analytical Sociology and Professor of Sociology at the University of Oslo.

My research interests cover labor market studies, social stratification, and inequalities related to gender and ethnicity. I am presently working on labor market discrimination, using register data and data from a field experiment. I am also working on ethnic school segregation. 

I have studied the integration of immigrants and children of immigrants in education and employment, social status and class, unemployment, health disparities and inequality in pair formation (spouses/partners).

International commitments

  • The Chair of the Executive Committee, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik
  • A member of the European Consortium for Sociological Research
  • member of the International Editorial Board, Social Forces
  • A fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

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Three recently published works

• Fekjær, S.N. & Birkelund, G.E. (2007) ”Does the ethnic composition of upper secondary schools influence educational achievement and attainment? A multilevel analysis of the Norwegian case.” European Sociological Review, Vol. 23: 309-323.

• Mastekaasa, A. & Birkelund, G.E. (2011) ”The equalizing effect of wives’ earnings on inequalities in earnings among households. Norway 1974-2004.” European Societies, Vol. 13: 219-237.

• Birkelund, G.E. & Lemel, Y. (2013) ”Lifestyles and Social Stratification: An Explorative Study of France and Norway.” Comparative Social Research. Vol. 30: 189- 220.

Three frequently cited works


• Wright, E.O., Baxter, J., & Birkelund, G.E. (1995) ”The Gender Gap in Workplace Authority: A Cross-National Study.” American Sociological Review, Vol. 60: 407-435.

• Rosenfeld, R.A. & Birkelund, G. E. (1995) ”Women’s part-time work: A cross-national comparison.” European Sociological Review, Vol. 11: 111-134.

• Birkelund, G.E., Goodman, L.A. & Rose, D. (1996) ”The latent structure of job characteristics of men and women.” American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 102: 80-113.