Projects

Individual consequences of migration over the life course

In knowledge-based Western industrial societies, international migration has become an essential condition for economic growth and is increasingly gaining importance at the individual level when it comes to the distribution of social positions and life opportunities. The aim of the research project is to examine the individual consequences of international migration along the life course based on the example of emigration from Germany and remigration to Germany. Do temporary and long-term stays abroad actually contribute to a successful professional life? How does international migration affect processes of family formation? A major objective of this project is to develop and provide the German Emigration and Remigration Panel Study, unique and original longitudinal data that rely on probability-based samples. My research interests in this project refer to individual labor market outcomes of migration over the life course and methodological aspects of studying rare populations.

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    2019 | Internationale Migration zwischen hochentwickelten Staaten und ihre Konsequenzen für den Lebensverlauf | in: N. Burzan (Ed.) | Komplexe Dynamiken globaler und lokaler Entwicklungen. Verhandlungen des 39. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Göttingen 2018 | Access | with M. Erlinghagen, A. Ette, N. Schneider, and J. Décieux |

Occupational closure and its consequences for wage inequality

The project contributes to a better understanding of wage inequality and its change in the German labor market. It develops a definition of occupational closure and investigates its consequences for wage inequality and for changes in wage inequality over time. The project finds evidence that wage inequality decreases within the closed occupational labor markets and increases between closed and open occupational labor markets. Occupational closure further contributes to a reduction of wage inequality over time in the unconditional distribution of wages. The project systematically differentiates occupational closure through the practice of field specific recruitment through employers and occupational closure through the legal institution of occupational licensing.

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    2019 | Is occupational licensing more beneficial for women than for men? The case of Germany, 1993/2015 | European Sociological Review | Access | with Andreas Haupt |

    2019 | Have Changes in Gender Segregation and Occupational Closure Contributed to Increasing Wage Inequality in Germany, 1992-2012? | European Sociological Review | Access |

    2018 | Index for the degree of occupational closure and occupational licensure. | Gesis datorium | with Andreas Haupt & Gerd Nollmann | Access |

    2016 | Occupational Licensing and the Wage Structure in Germany | Working Papers in Sociology | Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | with Andreas Haupt | Access |

    Unpublished working Paper | Institutional variation in occupational licensing and its implication for wage inequality. A distributional analysis for the USA and Germany. | with Andreas Haupt

Legal and symbolic boundaries of belonging in the nation-state

This project investigates the connections between symbolic exclusion and naturalization intentions of Turkish residents in Germany. Many Turks continue to refrain from citizenship acquisition in Germany although the access has been liberalized through the 1990s. Symbolic exclusion coupled with the requirement of Turkish citizenship renunciation are shown to negatively affect naturalization intentions. Furthermore, this research project explores the negotiation of symbolic boundaries between the German mainstream and Turkish minority members. It shows how German Turks deal with experiences of stigmatization and identifies various destigmatization strategies that they develop in response. The mixed-methods project draws original survey data based on a random sample in the city of Hamburg and in-depth follow-up interviews with purposefully selected participants. The project contributes to the literature on naturalization intentions and to the development of the boundary making perspective by proposing an integration with the responses to stigmatization approach.

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    2018 | Negotiating the Boundaries of Belonging. The Intricacies of Naturalisation in Germany. | Wiesbaden: Springer VS | Access |

    2018 | Responses to Stigmatization and Boundary Making. Destigmatization Strategies of Turks in Germany. | Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies | 44 (9) | 1425-1443 | Access |

    2015 | Can Turks be Germans? Symbolic Boundary Perception of Turkish Residents in Germany | in: I. Sirkeci, D. Elcin, F. Kartal and G.Seker (Ed.) | Politics and Law in Turkish Migration | London: Transnational Press | Access |

    2014 | Legal and symbolic membership: Symbolic boundaries and naturalisation intentions of Turkish residents in Germany | EUI/RSCAS Working Paper | 100 | Florence: European University Institute | Access |