Presenting first results of SECCOPA and HEALFAM collaboration on spillover effects of fixed-term employment on subjective well-being at the ECSR funded workshop “Labor Market Insecurity and Health of Family Members”

November 14 – 17, 2019

Sonja Scheuring gave two presentations in the context of the workshop “Labor Market Insecurity and Health of Family Members”. The workshop was funded by the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR) and took place from 14 to 17 November 2019 at the University of Bamberg. It was organized by Jonas Voßemer (Umeå University) from the ERC project HEALFAM (“The Effects of Unemployment on Health of Family Members”) and co-organized by our doctoral student Sonja Scheuring. They were delighted to welcome 14 participants from six different universities across

Europe, which included both junior and senior scholars. Overall, the workshop included seven presentations on topics at the interplay of labor markets, families, and health.

On the first day of the workshop, the participants presented their own work in order to introduce each other. Sonja Scheuring gave a talk on “The Effect of Fixed-Term Employment on Well-Being: Disentangling the Micro-Mechanisms and the Moderating Role of Social Cohesion”. She received valuable feedback and exchanged ideas on further research.

On the second day of the workshop, Sonja Scheuring presented on “Job (In)Security and Well-Being within Couples: A Panel Data Analysis for East and West Germany”. This paper is a joint project with Jonas Voßemer, Anna Baranowska-Rataj (Umeå University) and Giulia Tattarini (WZB Berlin Social Science Center). It examines whether there are spillover effects of temporary employment on the well-being for the German context. Precisely, it tests whether the spillover effects are gendered and whether gender matters differently in East and West Germany. Moreover, the paper analyzes the underlying mechanisms like changes in resources of individuals and how this affects the individual well-being. We were very happy to receive detailed and valuable feedback from Anna Kiersztyn (University of Warsaw) which will help to develop this research further.

The workshop organizers would like to thank ECSR for providing the opportunity to hold this workshop. It not only supported the joint work of junior scholars from different ECSR member institutions, but also allowed to lay the foundation for a network of researchers who are interested in the broader theme. If you are interested in joining this network, you can contact the organizers of the workshop and they will provide you with information about future activities and events.


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