Research with German and Norwegian Register Data on Family Economics


Gender equality is one of the most important social goals of our time. The labour market participation of women and the reconciliation of family and work life represent central dimensions in achieving more equality in labour markets. Inequality at work and in family relations can be analysed both from the individual and the firm perspective. The primary goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers who address novel questions related to family, household and labour economics using Norwegian or German register data. The secondary objective of the workshop is to bring together junior and senior researchers, in an informal setting, to discuss what we have learned from working with register data and the possibilities such data provide for new research.

The workshop focuses on Norway and Germany, which are two countries with high gender equality when it comes to education and labour force participation, but still high degrees of gender segregation regarding occupation and industries. Remarkable differences between these economies remain in terms of the gender wage gap and family-work balance. Germany is among the countries with the largest gender pay gap in Europe (21 percent in 2017; Eurostat 2019). Norway is among the three countries with the highest gender equality in the world (World Economic Forum). Norway has also been the first country to enact a gender quota-law regarding board positions and has introduced specific programs to increase the share of female entrepreneurs. Nevertheless, the share of women in top general manager positions is only around 7 percent. This raises questions about the efficiency of gender equality and family policies, directed either at individuals, households or the formal labour market, e.g. with respect to how firms are organised to achieve inclusive work-life. For contributory sessions, we particularly invite junior researchers and researchers in economics and sociology to submit their research. Submissions to the workshop should be on Family, Household and Labour Economics including topics, such as:

  • female employment, flexible work arrangements and parttime work.
  • gender differences in promotions, hierarchies, occupations and earnings.
  • management practices, work-family conflicts and family friendliness.
  • the role of government and establishments, family policies and diversity policies.
  • measurement issues.
  • data access, data ethics and replication issues when data is not publicly available



  • Dana Müller (FDZ-IAB)
  • Arvid Raknerud (SSB)
  • Thor Olav Thoresen (SSB)
  • Astrid Kunze (NHH)



  • Uta Schönberg (University College London)
  • Knut Røed (Frisch Centre)



  • Josef Brüderl (University of Munich)
  • Daniela Grunow (University of Frankfurt)
  • Christina Gathmann (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER))
  • Astrid Kunze (Norwegian School of Economics (NHH))
  • Dana Müller (FDZ-IAB)
  • Arvid Raknerud (Statistics Norway (SSB))
  • Thor Olav Thoresen (SSB)


Registration Deadline: 21. May 2021

Due to the developments in the COVID19 pandemic, the workshop will be conducted online.

Programme and registration