Centre for Economic Demography

Lund University School of Economics and Management

In media

Number of covid-19 deaths once more higher in Sweden than neighbouring countries

The fact that Sweden in recent weeks once again show higher death rates due to covid-19 than the other Nordic countries, is troublesome. In this article, published in Svenska Dagbladet November 12, Jonas Björk argues that perhaps the time has come to implement more drastic measures in order to halt the negative trend.(Article only available in Swedish.)

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Five consequences of covid-19

An article in the most recent number of LUM focus on some of the most important consequences that have been made during the first six months since the covid-19 virus first appeared and then quickly spread around the world. The most noteworthy effects of the pandemic are summarised and listed in the article, and are based on the discussion between LU researchers in the recent poddcast,"Understanding corona and is consequences - six months later". The poddcast was produced as part of LU Futura and a number of LU researchers, most of whom are affiliated with CED, talked about what we have learned and what effects the pandemic has had on society. (Podd and article only available in Swedish). For links see below:

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Segregation and the transformation of the city

Martin Dribe can be heard discussing the transformation of the industrial city and urban segregation in one of a series of talks on the theme "The City", arranged by UR Play. The program can be downloaded at "Segregation och stadens förändringar" (only available in Swedish).

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UR Play

The importance of the kid next door: Role of social class and neighbourhoods in educational achievement

Finn Hedefalk and Martin Dribe has in a recent study published in PNAS looked at the association between neighbourhood conditions throughout childhood and educational attainment in adulthood. Unlike existing research that has focused on present-day and segregated cities in the United States, Hedefalk and Dribe take a long-term perspective and examine the impact of one’s neighbourhood in Landskrona, a more homogenous city, southern Sweden. The social class of the nearest neighbours of the same age throughout childhood were important for educational achievements, regardless of class origin and the elementary school children might have attended.The study has received media attention, please see below.

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PopDigest, LUMUniversitetslärarenHelsingborgs Dagblad (the three latter in Swedish)

Female economic empowerment and domestic violence

Sanna Ericsson, who gained a doctoral degree in Economics at LU earlier this year and who has been affiliated to the CED during her doctoral studies, recently presented a SNS report on the effects that increased income gender equality has had on domenstic violence in marital relationships. Her work shows that a so called backlash effect is discernable in her Swedish data, i.e. increased incomes for women result in a greater risk of being exposed to domestic violence, somewhat surprising as Sweden is often seen as one of the most gender equal societies in the world.

Ericsson's thesis on the same theme has also gained some media attention, see e.g. articles in Sydsvenskan and DN (only available in Swedish).

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New report for Jämlikhetskommissionen (The Commission for Equality)

In their report to Jämlikhetskommissionen, Maria Stanfors and Anna Welander Tärneberg both affiliated to CED, describe the unpaid care work that both women and men perform over the life cycle, and how this has changed over the last decades. An international comparison with other countries as well as a discussion on policy implications is also included in the report that was presented by Per Molander in August 2020. The report (only available in Swedish) can be downloaded from Jämlikhetskommissionen's homepage:

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The health and care sector will hopefully come out strengthened from the crisis of covid-19. Health workers need to get the conditions they deserve

Maria Stanfors discuss how the ongoing covid-19 could, and should, give effects on how the health care sector has come to be organised and how conditions for staff need to change and improve. (The article is only available in Swedish)

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