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Women with immigrant background in the labour market

Schedule: February 2015-september 2015
Employer: Norges forskningsråd

Project Background

Women with immigrant background face several challenges in the transition to the labor market. It is therefore important to gather knowledge about the factors that constrain or promote their labor market participation.

This report focuses on existing research from Norway and the Nordic region and looks at the measures and efforts to include women with immigrant background in the labor market. Furthermore the report analyzes whether the existing efforts and measures work. The report concludes by presenting several recommendations for further research.

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Researchers: Julia Orupabo, Ida Drange

Family policies: Fathers’ quota, sharing of parental leave among mothers and fathers and cash-for-childcare.

Schedule: 2015-2016
Employer: Barne-, likestillings- og inkluderingsdepartementet

Project Purpose

The purpose of the project was to review existing research on paternity leave, effects of mothers' and fathers’ sharing of parental leave and the use of cash-for-childcare. Every year a large amount of money is transferred to parents of young children through these schemes. The design of the schemes affects parents' adaptation at the intersection of labour force participation and childcare.

Project Results

The Ministry for Children, Equality and Social Inclusion wanted a review of existing research on family policy transmission schemes. The project has reviewed the existing research on the impacts of the various family policy schemes and assessed the strengths and limitations of research from Norway and other Nordic countries, published in 2010-2015. Knowledge gaps and unanswered research questions were also identified. 

Domestic violence in families of majority and minority background: Similarity and difference

Schedule: 2014-2019
Employer: Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet

The project is one of nine projects in The Domestic Violence Research Program which is a five year program at Norwegian Social Research – NOVA at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, financed by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. For more information about the program, see here.

This project will study similarities and differences between domestic violence in ethnic minority and majority families, with a special focus on so called honour based violence. The analysis will primarily be based on existing data and data collected in other parts of the program, including survey data, qualitative interviews and legal documents.

Researchers: Anja Bredal

A process evaluation of the Karin model pilot, a coordinated approach to victims of domestic violence

Schedule: 2014-2019
Employer: Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet

This is a process evaluation of a pilot project at Stovner police station in Oslo aiming at more coordinated services toward victims of violence in close relations. A Norwegian version of the Swedish so called Karin-model will consist of police personnel including domestic violence analysts and investigators as well as social service personnel. The overall aim is to offer better, more holistic and coordinated services to adult female and male victims of interpersonal violence. The study will be based on survey data and qualitative interviews.

It is one of nine projects in The Domestic Violence Research Program which is a five year program at Norwegian Social Research – NOVA at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, financed by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. For more information about the Research Program, see here.  

Researchers: Anja Bredal

Unaccompanied minors in Norway - Policies, practicies and statistics

Schedule: April 2014-Desember 2014
Employer: Utlendingsdirektoratet (UDI)

This study presents policies, practices and statistics on unaccompanied minor asylum seekers from arrival until settlement or return. It is a contribution to a comparative study by the European Migration Network.

Researchers: Anne Staver, Hilde Lidén

Explaining social patterns in sicknes absence: the influence of values, attitudes and norms

Schedule: 2015-2017
Employer: NFR via Nova

Reducing sickness absence (SA), in particular long-term SA, is high on the political agenda, and by extension, finding the causes or mechanisms that lead to SA. Working conditions, family situation, and health status are core determinants of SA. However, findings on the effects of different factors are far from conclusive. There remains a large "unexplained" element for SA. Despite recognition in the scientific literature that values, attitudes and norms likely contribute to variations in SA, empirical research on this topic is still relatively scarce. The project aims to fill this knowledge gap by studying the influence of values, attitudes and norms on SA, more particularly, their role in creating social patterns in SA. The project will utilize large-scale longitudinal survey data in combination with longitudinal register data, enabling us to apply a multidimensional and dynamic approach to the study of the interaction between values and attitudes with health, work and family factors in relation to SA in different social groups. The project is also innovative in that we will conduct a vignette study among employees and employers with a survey experiment that will help us to analyze potential differences in norms concerning men and women's use of SA.

Key research questions will be 1) to what extent attitudes towards SA vary across gender, age, socioeconomic position and place of residence, 2) which individual attitudes and values predict subsequent SA and to what extent this impact differs across social groups, 3) to what extent values and attitudes can help explain differences in the use of SA across social groups, alongside other explanatory variables such as health status, work situation and family situation 4) to what extent individuals' values and attitudes moderate the relationship between health status, work situation and family situation, and SA, and 5) to what extent we find different norms for the use of SA for men and for women.

Researchers: Harald Dale-Olsen, Tale Hellevik, Marijke Veenstra, Niklas Jacobsson, Kjersti Misje Østbakken, Arne Mastekaasa

Gender Wage Gap and Gender Care Gap

Schedule: 01.02.2015-31.12.2015
Employer: EEEA Grants v/ Universitetet i Valencia

The main objective of the project is to analyse, both statistically and discursively, the gender wage gap and the relationship between the gender wage gap and the gender care gap in different types of welfare state models, namely the Mediterranean model (Spain), the Continental model (Germany) the Anglo-Saxon model (UK) and the Nordic model (Norway and Iceland). Both quantitative and qualitative data will be used. The quantitative analyses will be based on harmonized surveys such as the Wage Structure Survey, European Survey on Income and Living conditions and the Harmonized European Time use Survey, which can all be accessed from Eurostat. Qualitative individual and group interviews will be carried out among dual-earner couples and key informants in businesses, at workplaces and in unions in Spain, Norway and Iceland.

The main project team is made up of researchers from the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Valencia (Capitolina Díaz and Carles Simó as co-directors, Andrea Hernandez, T. Aguado Empar), who collaborate with two small teams of the department of Applied Economic and the department of Economic Analysis (Josep Banyuls, Josep Vicent Pitxer, Ernest Cano, Salvador Mendez, Marcela JABBAZ, M. Luisa Molto, Nevis Economy Lazarus, Rosario Sanchez) from the same university. The Icelandic and Norwegian teams are led by Professor Gudbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir, University of Iceland, and senior researcher Ragni Hege Kitterød, Institute for Social Research.

Researchers: Ragni Hege Kitterød

Women to Top Management

Schedule: Desember 2014 -juni 2015
Employer: Norsk styreinstitutt/Innovasjon Norge
Researchers: Sigtona Halrynjo, Marit Eline Lervik Christensen

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) as a learning organization

Schedule: December 2014-March 2015
Employer: Arbeids- og sosialdepartementet

The project has two aims:

1) To acquire knowledge about institutional measures in NAV that aim to promote learning and increase competence, and to sum up research-based knowledge that discusses how these measures can develop NAV as a learning organization. This part of the project shall draw on recent Norwegian research on Nav.

2) Propose measures that will improve organizational learning in NAV. This part of the project will take as a starting point the strengths and weaknesses identified by research. Strengths and weaknesses in the existing organization will be discussed in the light of organizational measures and initiatives promoted within the organization, and in relation to the interplay between NAV and educational and research institutions.

 

Researchers: Ann-Helén Bay, Anne Skevik Grødem, Lars-Inge Terum, Knut Fossestøl

Between equality and efficiency: Work incentives, social redistribution and gender equality in the reformed pension system

Schedule: 2015-2017
Employer: Arbeids- og administrasjonsdepartementet , NFR/EVAPEN

The aim of the project is to conduct and empirical investigation of the implications of the reformed pension system for benefit adequacy, social redistribution and gender equality while taking account also of the incentive structure provided by the new system of pension accrual.

The project is carried out in collaboration between Institute for social research (ISF) and Statistics Norway (SSB). The project is organised in three modules: The first module (A) comprises studies of the incentive structure created by the new system of pension accrual as well as its possible effects on labour supply using available up-to-date register data for the adult Norwegian population (FD-trygd). In the second module (B) we use the dynamic micro-simulation model (MOSART) developed by Statistics Norway to gain new insights into the distributive implications of the reformed system in a diachronic lifetime perspective. The sub-studies of the this module include analyses of the intra-cohort distribution of pension benefits, the impact of family sensitive benefit components on the distribution of household disposable income, and how the redistribution life-time income achieved by the pension system is modified by social inequalities in life-expectancy. The third module (C) uses in depth qualitative interviews and web-based surveys to study the way individuals and couples relate to the new system of pension accrual both in terms of its perceived fairness, its expected adequacy, and its motivational effect on labour supply. We focus in particular on the mixture of what we call 'family sensitive benefit components' in the reformed system: credits for child rearing, bequest of pension rights between married spouses, and differentiation of minimum benefits between singles and couples.