I am working as post-doctorate 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. Here, I am part of the eduLIFE project (“Education as a Lifelong Process – Comparing Educational Trajectories in Modern Societies”), which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Previously, I headed the Research Data Center of the German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) located now at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). I hold a doctoral degree (PhD) in Sociology.

My research relates to social stratification and the family. In particular, I am interested in assortative mating, the gendered division of labor, grandparenthood, comparative life course research, gender inequalities across the life course, and social inequalities in education. In my work I am relying on quantitative methods of social science, in particular in the longitudinal analysis of social processes using panel and event history data. Moreover, I am interested in survey methodology, social science data management, and online research.

Recent work


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



bookBlossfeld, H.-P., Skopek, J., Triventi, M., and Buchholz, S. (Eds, 2015). Gender, Education and Employment: An International Comparison of School-to-Work Transitions. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar.
» Chapter 1: Gender Differences at Labor Market Entry: The Effect of Changing Educational Pathways and Institutional Structures.
» Chapter 12: Young women outcompeting young men? A cohort comparison of gender differences at labor market entry in West Germany.
» Chapter 17: Gender, Education, and Employment: Lessons Learned from the Comparative Perspective.

Skopek, J. and Dronkers, J. (2015). Performance in Secondary School in German States – A Longitudinal Three-Level Approach. Working Paper. (download)

Research project: The Late Divide: Gender and the Division of Labor in Older Couples (funded by the German Research Foundation; in collaboration with University of Amsterdam and the Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg)

Triventi, M., Skopek, J., Kosyakova, Y., Buchholz, S., and Blossfeld, H.-P. (2015). Gender Inequalities at Labor Market Entry: A Comparative View from eduLIFE Project. In: Comparative Social Research, 31, 25-51.

Leopold, Thomas and Skopek, Jan (2015). The Demography of Grandparenthood: An International Profile. In: Social Forces.

Leopold, Thomas and Skopek, Jan (2015). Convergence or Continuity? The Gender Gap in Household Labor After Retirement. In: Journal of Marriage and Family.

Leopold, Thomas and Skopek, Jan (2015). The Delay of Grandparenthood. A Cohort Comparison in East and West Germany. In: Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, 441-460.

Kosyakova, Yuliya, Skopek, Jan, and Eckman, Stephanie (2014). Do Interviewers Manipulate Responses to Filter Questions? Evidence from a Multilevel Approach. In: International Journal of Public Opinion Research, doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edu027

Leopold, Thomas and Skopek, Jan (2014). Gender and the Division of Labor in Older Couples:  How European Grandparents Share Market Work and Childcare. In: Social Forces, 93 (1), 63-91. doi: 10.1093/sf/sou061