Michael Gähler

Michael Gähler is Professor at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University.

My main research interests include family sociology, particularly the family as a resource for the individual, and gender inequality on the labor market. Within the former field I have studied the economic, social, and psychological consequences of divorce and separation for the spouses and their children. Within the latter field I study the impact of family formation on men’s and women’s labor market careers and I was PI for the Forte financed research project “Gender, Parenthood and Discrimination on the Labor Market: A Mixed-method Approach”.

At the Institute for Futures Studies, I will work within the project ”Ethnic discrimination in a segmented labor market – when and where does discrimination occur? A study using data from three field experiments”, funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR), with Moa Bursell as PI.

Three recently published works

  • 2017. Bygren, M., Erlandsson, A. and Gähler, M. ”Do Employers Prefer Fathers? Evidence from a Field Experiment Testing the Gender by Parenthood Interaction Effect on Callbacks to Job Applications”. European Sociological Review, 33:3, 337-348.
  • 2017. Fritzell, S. and Gähler, M. ”Family structure, child living arrangements and mothers’ self-rated health in Sweden – a cross-sectional study”. International Journal of Health Services, 47:2, 298-311.
  • 2016. Tosi, M. and Gähler, M. “Nest-Leaving, childhood family climate and later parent-child contact in Sweden”. Acta Sociologica, 59:3, 249-268.

Three frequently cited works

  • 2014. Oláh, L. and Gähler, M. “Gender equality perceptions, division of paid and unpaid work, and partnership dissolution in Sweden”. Social Forces, 93:2, 571-594.
  • 2012. Bygren, M. and Gähler, M. ”Family Formation and Men’s and Women’s Attainment of Workplace Authority”. Social Forces, 90:3, 795-816.
  • 2006. Gähler, M. ”’To divorce is to die a bit…’: A Longitudinal Study of Marital Disruption and Psychological Distress Among Swedish Women and Men”. The Family Journal, 14:4, 372-382.