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Michael Grätz

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow
Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Sociology

Research Interests: Child Development, Education, Family Sociology, Social Demography, Social Stratification and Mobility, Quantitative Methods and Research Design.

I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. I received my Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI) in 2015.

My current research focuses on variation in social mobility across countries, over time, and between social groups within societies. Furthermore, I work on the underlying mechanisms and influencing macro-level factors of social mobility. A particular emphasis of my work is on how demographic processes influence social mobility.

From April until September 2018 I am working as an Interim Professor of Social Inequality and Social Structure Analysis at Bielefeld University. Homepage at Bielefeld University.

Michael Grätz



'Competition in the Family: Inequality between Siblings and the Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Advantage'Sociological Science, 5, 246-269. DOI: 10.15195/v5.a11.


'Does Separation Really Lead Fathers and Mothers to be Less Involved in their Children’s Lives?', European Sociological Review, 33:551-562, DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcx058.

'​Parental Responses to Disadvantageous Life Events: The Month of Birth Penalty in England' (with Fabrizio Bernardi), In Jani Erola and Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, eds., Social Inequality Across the Generations: The Role of Resource Compensation and Multiplication in Resource Accumulation, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.


'Compensation or Reinforcement? The Stratification of Parental Responses to Children’s Early Ability' (with Florence Torche), Demography, 53(6): 1883-1904, DOI: 10.1007/s13524-016-0527-1.

'Legacies of the Past: Social Origin, Educational Attainment and Labour-Market Outcomes in Germany' (with Reinhard Pollak), In Fabrizio Bernardi and Gabriele Ballarino, eds., Education, Occupation and Social Origin: A Comparative Analysis of the Transmission of Socio-Economic Inequalities, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.


'When Growing Up without a Parent Does Not Hurt: Parental Separation and the Compensatory Effect of Social Origin', European Sociological Review, 31: 546–557. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcv057.

'Making Up for an Unlucky Month of Birth in School: Causal Evidence on the Compensatory Advantage of Family Background in England' (with Fabrizio Bernardi), Sociological Science, 2: 235-251. DOI: 10.15195/v2.a12.