Jan Skopek
Assistant Professor, Sociology

Biography

Jan Skopek, Dr., is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. Previously, he held positions as post-doctoral researcher at the State Institute of Family Research at the University of Bamberg, Germany, and as post-doctoral Senior Researcher at the Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (CLIC) located at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy. At the EUI, he was part of the research team on the ERC-funded international comparative research project 'Education as a Lifelong Process - Comparing Educational Trajectories in Modern Societies' (eduLIFE). Before that, he headed the Research Data Centre of the German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) located at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), Bamberg (Germany). His research relates to family and social stratification, social demography, the life course, cross-national comparison, and quantitative methodology. He is co-editor of several books and is publishing in internationally renowned journals.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Triventi, M., Skopek, J., Kulic, N., McMullin, P., Buchholz, S., Blossfeld, H.-P., Differentiation in secondary education and social inequality in educational opportunities. Results from a large-scale international comparison, Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology , 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Skopek, J., Triventi, M., Kosyakova, Y., Buchholz, S., Blossfeld, H.-P., Gender and the Transition from School to Work: Results from an International Comparative Study, Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology , 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Blossfeld, H.-P., Kulic, N., Skopek, J., Triventi, M. , Childcare, Early Education and Social Inequality: An International Perspective, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2017 Book, 2017

Kulic, N., Skopek, J., Triventi, M., Dämmrich, J., Blossfeld, H.-P., High Expectations? Lessons Learned from a Cross-National and Multidisciplinary Study on the Role of Childcare and Early Education in Social Inequality , Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology , 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Leopold, T., Skopek, J. , Retirement and Changes in Housework: A Panel Study of Dual Earner Couples., The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Blossfeld, H.-P., Buchholz, S., Triventi, M., Skopek, J., Models of Secondary Education and Social Inequality. An International Comparison., Celtenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2016 Book, 2016

Geven, K., Skopek, J., Triventi, M. , How to increase PhD completion rates? An impact evaluation of two reforms in a selective graduate school, 1976-2012, 2016 Working Paper, 2016

Blossfeld, H.-P., von Maurice, J., Bayer, M., Skopek, J. , Methodological Issues of Longitudinal Surveys: The Example of the National Educational Panel Study., Wiesbaden, Springer, 2016 Book, 2016

Blossfeld, H.-P., Skopek, J., Triventi, M., Buchholz, S., Gender, Education and Employment. An International Comparison of School-to-Work Transitions., Celtenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2015 Book, 2015

Leopold T., Skopek J., Skopek J., The delay of grandparenthood: A Cohort comparison in East and West Germany, Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, (2), 2015, p441-460 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Leopold, T., Skopek, J. , Convergence or Continuity? The Gender Gap in Household Labor After Retirement., Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, (4), 2015, p819 - 832 Journal Article, 2015

Triventi, M., Skopek, J., Kosyakova, Y., Buchholz, S., Blossfeld, H.-P. , Gender Inequalities at Labor Market Entry: A Comparative View from the eduLIFE Project, Comparative Social Research, 31, 2015, p25 - 51 Journal Article, 2015

Leopold T., Skopek J., The demography of grandparenthood: An international profile, Social Forces, 94, (2), 2015, p801-832 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Kosyakova Y., Skopek J., Eckman S., Do Interviewers Manipulate Responses to Filter Questions? Evidence from a Multilevel Approach, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 27, (3), 2015, p417-431 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Leopold T., Skopek J., Gender and the division of labor in older couples: How European grandparents share market work and childcare, Social Forces, 93, (1), 2014, p63-91 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Zillmann, D., Schmitz, A., Skopek, J, Blossfeld, H.-P. , Survey Topic and Unit Nonresponse - Evidence from an Online Survey on Mating, Quality & Quantity, 48, (4), 2014, p2069 - 2088 Journal Article, 2014

Skopek J., Schmitz A., Blossfeld H., The gendered dynamics of age preferences - Empirical evidence from online dating, Zeitschrift fur Familienforschung, 23, (3), 2011, p267-290 Journal Article, 2011

Skopek, J., Schulz, F., Blossfeld, H.-P. , Who Contacts Whom? Educational Homophily in Online Mate Selection, European Sociological Review, 27, (2), 2011, p180 - 195 Journal Article, 2011

Schulz, F., Skopek, J., Blossfeld, H.-P. , Partnerwahl als konsensuelle Entscheidung. Das Antwortverhalten bei Erstkontakten im Online-Dating, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 62, (3), 2010, p485 - 514 Journal Article, 2010

Skopek, J., Schulz, F., Blossfeld, H.-P. , Partnersuche im Internet. Bildungsspezifische Mechanismen bei der Wahl von Kontaktpartnern, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 61, (2), 2009, p183 - 210 Journal Article, 2009

Schmitz, A., Skopek, J., Schulz, F., Klein, D., Blossfeld, H.-P. , Indicating Mate Preferences by Mixing Survey and Process-generated Data. The Case of Attitudes and Behaviour in Online Mate Search. , Historical Social Research, Special Issue - Linking Theory & Data, 34, (1), 2009 Journal Article, 2009

Schulz, F., Skopek, J., Klein, D., and Schmitz, A., Wer nutzt Internetkontaktbörsen in Deutschland? , Zeitschrift für Familienforschung (Journal of Family Research), 20, (3), 2008, p271 - 292 Journal Article, 2008

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Childcare, early education, and social inequality: Perspectives for a cross-national and multidisciplinary study in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., Kulic, N., Skopek, J., Triventi, M. , Childcare, Early Education and Social Inequality: An International Perspective, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2017, [Kulic, N., Skopek, J., Triventi, M., Blossfeld, H.-P. ] Book Chapter, 2017

Entry to formal childcare and abilities of preschoolers: A comparison of East and West Germany in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., Kulic, N., Skopek, J., Triventi, M. , Childcare, Early Education and Social Inequality: An International Perspective, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2017, [Skopek, J.] Book Chapter, 2017

Skopek, J., Childcare, Early Education and Compensation of Educational Disadvantage - Evidence from a Multidisciplinary and International Project, ECEC QUALITY - new interdisciplinary perspectives on an old issue, German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin, March 23/34, 2017, German Institute for Economic Research Invited Talk, 2017

Skopek, J., Van de Werfhorst, H., Rözer, J., Zachrisson, H. D., Van Huizen, T., Inequality in Various Stages of the Educational Career: Patterns and Mechanisms - Literature Review, ISOTIS, February, 2017 Report, 2017

Skopek, J., Leopold, T., Educational Reproduction in Germany: A Prospective Approach Based on Retrospective Data, Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility, "Social Inequality and Mobility Revisited: Challenges through recent demographic trends", Cologne, March 30 - April 1, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Childcare, early education and compensation of educational disadvantage - Evidence from a multidisciplinary and international project in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., Kulic, N., Skopek, J., Triventi, M. , Childcare, Early Education and Social Inequality: An International Perspective, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2017, [Skopek, J., Kulic, N., Triventi, M., Blossfeld, H.-P. ] Book Chapter, 2017

Skopek, J., Childcare, Early Education and Compensation of Educational Disadvantage - Evidence from a Multidisciplinary and International Project, Lunchtime seminar, Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, November 30, 2016, ESRI Invited Talk, 2016

RemoteNEPS - An Innovative Research Environment in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., von Maurice, J., Bayer, M., Skopek, J. , Methodological Issues of Longitudinal Surveys: The Example of the National Educational Panel Study, Wiesbaden, Springer, 2016, pp611 - 626, [Skopek, J., Koberg, T., Blossfeld, H.-P. ] Book Chapter, 2016

Secondary school differentiation and inequality of educational opportunity in Germany in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., Buchholz, S., Skopek, J., Triventi, M. , Models of Secondary Education and Social Inequalities: An International Comparison, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2016, [Buchholz, S., Skopek, J., Zielonka, M., Ditton, H., Wohlkinger, F., Schier, A. ] Book Chapter, 2016

Life-Course Data and the Longitudinal Classification of Education in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., von Maurice, J., Bayer, M., Skopek, J. , Methodological Issues of Longitudinal Surveys: The Example of the National Educational Panel Study, Wiesbaden, Springer, 2016, pp669 - 690, [Skopek, J., Munz, M. ] Book Chapter, 2016

Eheschließungen und Scheidungstrends in der Bevölkerungssoziologie in, editor(s)Nienhaus, Y., Kreyenfeld, M., Sackmann, R. , Handbuch der Bevölkerungssoziologie, Wiesbaden, Springer, 2016, pp277 - 302, [Engelhardt, H., Skopek, J. ] Book Chapter, 2016

Varieties of secondary education models and social inequality - Conclusions from a large-scale international comparison in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., Buchholz, S., Skopek, J., Triventi, M. , Models of Secondary Education and Social Inequalities: An International Comparison, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2016, [Blossfeld, H.-P., Triventi, M., Skopek, J., Kulic, N., Buchholz, S. ] Book Chapter, 2016

Secondary school systems and inequality of educational opportunity in contemporary societie in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., Buchholz, S., Skopek, J., Triventi, M. , Models of Secondary Education and Social Inequalities: An International Comparison, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2016, [Triventi, M., Kulic, N., Skopek, J., Blossfeld, H-P. ] Book Chapter, 2016

Data Dissemination, Documentation and User Support in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., von Maurice, J., Bayer, M., Skopek, J. , Methodological Issues of Longitudinal Surveys: The Example of the National Educational Panel Study, Wiesbaden, Springer, 2016, pp597 - 609, [Skopek, J., Knut, W., Bela, D., Koberg, T., Munz, M., Fuß, D. ] Book Chapter, 2016

Skopek, J., Childcare as 'equalizer'? Early Formal Childcare and Language Skills of Preschoolers in Germany , 2016 Working Paper, 2016

Skopek, J., One Hammer, Different Nails - A Note on the Confusing Sociologists' Debate on Comparing Coefficients in Logistic Regression, 2015 Working Paper, 2015 DOI

Gender Differences at Labor Market Entry: The Effect of Changing Educational Pathways and Institutional Structures in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., Skopek, J., Triventi, M., Buchholz, S. , Gender, Education, and Employment: An International Comparison of School-To-Work Transitions, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2015, pp3 - 38, [Blossfeld, H.-P., Buchholz, S., Dämmrich, J., Kilpi-Jakonen, E., Kosyakova, Y., Skopek, J., Triventi, M., Vono de Vilhena, D. ] Book Chapter, 2015

Young women outcompeting young men? A cohort comparison of gender differences at labor market entry in West Germany in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., Skopek, J., Triventi, M., Buchholz, S. , Gender, Education, and Employment: An International Comparison of School-To-Work Transitions, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2015, pp246 - 266, [Buchholz, S., Skopek, J., Blossfeld, H.-P. ] Book Chapter, 2015

Gender, Education, and Employment: Lessons Learned from the Comparative Perspective in, editor(s)Blossfeld, H.-P., Skopek, J., Triventi, M., Buchholz, S. , Gender, Education, and Employment: An International Comparison of School-To-Work Transitions, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2015, pp347 - 382, [Blossfeld, H.-P., Skopek, J., Kosyakova, Y., Triventi, M., Buchholz, S. ] Book Chapter, 2015

Skopek, J, Dronkers, J., Performance in Secondary School in German States - A Longitudinal Three-Level Approach, 2015 Working Paper, 2015 DOI

Skopek, J., Pink, S., Bela, D. , Data Manual. Starting Cohort 4 - School and Vocational Training. NEPS SC4 1.1.0. , 2013, - Miscellaneous, 2013

Zielonka, M. & Skopek, J., Raab, M. , Data Manual. NEPS - Additional Study. Organizational Reform Study in Thuringia. NEPS TH 1.0.0. , 2012, - Miscellaneous, 2012

Skopek, J., Pink, S., Bela, D. , Data Manual. Starting Cohort 2 - From Kindergarten to Elementary School. NEPS SC2 1.0.0. , 2012, - Miscellaneous, 2012

Skopek, J., Pink, S., Bela, D. , Data Manual. Starting Cohort 3 - From Lower to Upper Secondary School. NEPS SC3 1.0.0. , 2012, - Miscellaneous, 2012

Skopek, J., Partnerwahl im Internet. Eine quantitative Analyse von Strukturen und Prozessen der Online-Partnersuche, Wiesbaden, Springer VS, 2011 Book, 2011

Leopold, T., Raab, M., Skopek, J. , Data Manual. Starting Cohort 6: Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. , 2011, - Miscellaneous, 2011

Bildungshomophilie im Onlinedating in, editor(s)Soeffner, H.-G. , Unsichere Zeiten. Herausforderungen gesellschaftlicher Transformationen. Verhandlungen des 34. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Jena 2008, Wiesbaden, Springer VS, 2010, [Schulz, F., Skopek, J., Blossfeld, H.-P. ] Book Chapter, 2010

Schmitz, A., Klein, D., Skopek, J., Schulz, F., Blossfeld, H.-P. , Die Integration von Befragungs- und Prozessdaten einer Online-Kontaktbörse, soFid - Sozialwissenschaftlicher Fachinformationsdienst, "Methoden und Instrumente der Sozialwissenschaften", 2009, (1), 2009, p31 - 44 Journal Article, 2009

Rationale Wahl und Emotionen am Beispiel der menschlichen Partnerwahl. in, editor(s)Seewald, C., Seirafi, K., Vötsch, M. , Rationalität - Placebo der Wahrheit, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2006, pp127 - 148, [Skopek, J., Hofäcker, D. ] Book Chapter, 2006

Research Expertise

Description

Substantial: social stratification, life course and family demography. Particular: assortative mating; grandparenthood; gendered division of labor; early childhood education and care; comparative life-course research; gender inequalities; educational systems and inequalities of educational opportunity. Methodological: cross-national research; quantitative longitudinal research; panel data analysis; categorical data analysis; event history analysis; multi-level analysis, methods of data management; survey methodology and online-research.

Projects

  • Title
    • ISOTIS - Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society
  • Summary
    • The project ISOTIS - Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society - funded by the European Commission (H2020) is a research consortium of 17 partner institutions across Europe collaboratively studying educational inequality between social and ethnic groups within European countries. ISOTIS will inform best practice in strategies for inclusive education. Jan Skopek is leading Working Package 1 "Inequality in various stages of the educational career: patterns and mechanisms". Major research activities involve (1) a comparative assessment of social and ethnic inequality in educational opportunity across European countries, (2) a longitudinal assessment of the roots and development of skill gaps among children in selected European countries, and (3) the effectiveness of institutional reforms aiming to reduce achievement gaps among children.
  • Funding Agency
    • Europan Commission
  • Date From
    • January 2017
  • Date To
    • December 2019
  • Title
    • The Late Divide: Gender and the Division of Labor in Older Couples
  • Summary
    • This project proposes a comprehensive longitudinal investigation of the division of labor in older couples. It addresses a major gap of knowledge, as previous research has focused almost exclusively on how younger couples negotiate their division of market and domestic work throughout earlier periods of married life. Extending the analytical scope to older couples is particularly worthwhile, as both theory and empirical evidence suggest that the division of labor - and the associated gender inequalities - might shift substantially in later life. Most importantly, two critical life transitions of this period - grandparenthood and retirement - represent turning points that may instigate processes of adaptation and renegotiation of the previous division of labor in older couples. Consequently, the proposed research will trace older couples over extended periods of time to explore how, why, and under which conditions grandparenthood and retirement affect their arrangements of market and domestic work. The analyses will draw on comprehensive longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), the German Aging Survey (DEAS), the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), and the Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics (pairfam). The investigation will be informed by life course, solidarity, and social network perspectives as well as established theories of the division of labor. In tying these frameworks together and extending them to the study of later life and older couples, the project will yield important contributions both at the theoretical and at the empirical level. The project is hosted at the Institute of Family Research at the University of Bamberg (Germany). Funding generously granted by the German Research Foundation amounts to 178,300 Euro.
  • Funding Agency
    • German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
  • Date From
    • September, 2015
  • Date To
    • August, 2017
  • Title
    • eduLIFE: Education as a Lifelong Process. Comparing Educational Trajectories in Modern Societies.
  • Summary
    • Studying inequality in educational opportunities has a long tradition in sociology, and many social researchers have argued that education has become the key variable in social stratification. Over the last decades, modern societies have become characterized as knowledge-based economies in which the role of education and its organization in institutions have important consequences for educational participation in all phases of the life course. Nowadays, education may be seen as a lifelong process in which individuals acquire skills and competencies in formal and non-formal learning settings not only in school but also before school and afterwards throughout the entire life-span. The objective of the eduLIFE project was to study how the educational careers of individuals unfold over the entire life course in different societies and to relate this to family background, educational institutions, job careers, workplaces, and private life events. The project adopted an explicit life-course perspective, utilized comparative research designs, and exploited most suitable cross-sectional and longitudinal datasets for studying educational processes in modern societies. To analyse education as a lifelong process, the project was structured into four phases, each focusing on a specific, very sensitive stage of the educational career: (1) Childcare, Early Education and Social Inequality, (2) Models of Secondary Education and Social Inequality, (3) Gender, Education and the School-to-work Transition, (4) Adult Learning. Reputed scholars from a large cross-national network have contributed comparable country-specific analyses to the eduLIFE project. Findings of the project are published in four volumes. The project (P.I. Hans-Peter Blossfeld) was hosted at the University of Bamberg (Germany) and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Funding was generously granted by the ERC.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Research Council
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • The Internet as a Partner Market: Analyzing the Early Phase of Meeting and Mating using Data from Online Dating
  • Summary
    • The project "The internet as a partner market: Analyzing the early phase of meeting and mating using data from online dating" (German: Das Internet als Partnermarkt: Analysen der frühen Phasen des Kennenlernens auf Basis von Daten aus dem Online-Dating) was hosted at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics of the University at Bamberg. The projects' objective was a study of the early phases of assortative mating based on data collected in the social context of online dating. Contrasting most previous sociological studies on assortative mating have been investigating search outcomes like consensual unions or married couples, the project conceptualized and studied mate choice as a process involving initial conditions and evolution of romantic interaction among men and women. In theoretical terms, the research was informed by social exchange theory, search theory and family economics, symbolic interactionists approaches, and relational sociology. Empirically the project drew upon big data collected unobtrusively collected from online user trans- and interactions as well as an additional survey data which has been collected via an online panel. The research strategy adopted mixed-method methodology including quantitative but also qualitative research designs. Funding generously granted by the German Research Foundation amounted to 225,810 Euro.
  • Funding Agency
    • German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
  • Title
    • Processes of mate choice in online dating
  • Summary
    • The utilization of internet-based dating technologies is a social revolution which has been gaining increasing popularity in modern societies in the last one and a half decades. Dating sites represent a digital partner market promising unprecedented opportunity structures for searching and selecting potential partners in an efficient way but also a way that is quite distinct from rather traditional settings and modes of partner search. For sociological research, data being generated on online dating sites is of high value as it provides an innovative access to details of the encountering process between men and women that is highly interactional and dynamic in nature and hard to reach by rather traditional research designs. The project aims were three-fold. First, the project involved theorizing mate search in those new digital mate markets. Second, the project served to establish a unique data set comprising big data unobtrusively collected based on user interactions in online dating combined with an innovate online panel-survey design following up users and dating outcomes. Within the project an online survey tool was developed in collaboration with a major German provider of online dating services. Third, the project carried out inductive as well as deductive research designs in studying mate search from a new perspective. Based on the example of mate search, the project advanced methodologies employing big data for studying social action. The project was hosted at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics of the University at Bamberg (Germany). Funding generously granted by the German Research Foundation amounted to 432,000 Euro.
  • Funding Agency
    • German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2010

Recognition

Memberships

Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (CLIC)

Institute for Longitudinal Educational Research (INBIL)

Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility