December 27, 2016

CSSRR Sociology–December 27, 2016

Filed under: S. Working Papers,Sociology — admin @ 4:38 pm

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Working Paper: “The Patriarchy Index: a new measure of gender and generational inequalities in the past,” by Mikolaj Szoltysek, Radoslaw Poniat, Siegfried Gruber and Sebastian Klusener (WP-2016-14, December 2016, .pdf format, 40p.). Note: Links to the abstract and the full text of the paper available at:



Vienna Institute of Demography Working Papers:

A. “Understanding the Syrian Educational System in a Context of Crisis,” by Mohammed Al Hessan in collaboration with Stephanie Bengtsson, and Judith Kohlenberger (VID Working Paper 9/2016, 2016, .pdf format, 44p.).


Up until the outbreak of conflict in 2011, Syrian young people were among the most educated in the Middle East region, with Syria having achieved near universal primary education enrolment and a high rate of completed secondary education. Due to the years of conflict, many Syrian are currently displaced within their country and across Syria’s borders. In 2015, large numbers made their way across Europe and applied for asylum in Germany, Austria, Sweden, etc. The Syrian crisis raises important education-related questions for the international community as a whole, like the educational background of Syrians currently on the move. This paper gives an overview of the Syrian educational system in order to build an understanding of Syrian education in the broader global context. It aims to provide detailed information that other researchers, policymakers, and practitioners can draw from to inform their own work. The current document was written within the framework of DiPAS (Displaced persons in Austria survey), a survey carried out in and around Vienna to study the socio-demographic characteristics, values and attitudes of asylum seekers arriving in Austria in 2015.


B. “Realisation of Fertility Intentions in Austria and Hungary: Are Capitals Different?” by Bernhard Riederer and Isabella Buber-Ennser (VID Working Paper 8/2016, 2016, .pdf format, 29p.).


The study of fertility intentions has gained importance in the literature during the last decades. Nevertheless, research focussing on their realisation is still scarce due to limited availability of longitudinal data. Although a bulk of existing studies demonstrated regional variation and rural-urban differences in fertility, respective differences in the realisation of fertility intentions have not been addressed in prior research. We address this shortcoming by analysing the realisation of short-term fertility intentions in Vienna and Budapest as opposed to the remaining parts of Austria and Hungary, using two waves of the Generations and Gender Survey (GGS). Results clearly demonstrate that those two capitals are different: Although short-term childbearing intentions are very similar in capitals and other parts of the countries, probabilities of realisation are lower in capitals. These differences in realisation are at least partly explained by individual characteristics of inhabitants. There are, however, also factors that affect realisation differently in metropolitan than in less populated regions.


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