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Professor, INVEST flagship
INVEST Research Flagship


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Areas of expertise

socioeconomic inheritance
social moblity
social class
life course


Jani Erola is Professor of Sociology at the University of Turku and the director of INVEST Research Flagship Center (invest.utu.fi). His research interests include intergenerational social mobility and socioeconomic inheritance, social class and stratification, family formation, sociological research methods, welfare state attitudes and social scientific publication patterns. His publications on these topics have appeared in major social scientific journals such as Social Science Research, Social Forces, European Sociological Review, Sociology, Acta Sociologica, Journal European Social Policy and Demography. He is a former PI of ERC Consolidator Grant Project "Intergenerational Cumulative Disadvantage and Resource Compensation (INDIRECT)", the editor of Acta Sociologica and the president of the Westermarck Society, the Finnish sociological association. According to Prof. Erola, he originally started looking at intergenerational social mobility as an interesting side project within his PhD, but “questions of inheritance took over and became what really motivated me as a researcher".


- Introductory course lectures on sociology - Master thesis seminar - Current topics in social inequality


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Labor and love – Wives' employment and divorce risk in its socio-political context (2013)

Wives' employment and divorce risk in its socio-political context
Social Politics
Cooke Lynn, Erola Jani, Evertsson Marie, Gähler Michael, Härkönen Juho, Hewitt Belinda, Jalovaara Marika, Kan Man-Yee, Lyngstad Torkild, Mencarini Letitzia, Mignot Jean-Pierre, Mortelmans Dimitri, Poortman Anne-Rigt, Schmitt Christian, Trappe Heike
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)