Sociologist and Postdoctoral Researcher
I am a Sociologist and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science. I completed my doctorate at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm, and have previously held the Prize Research Fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford.
My research focuses on intergenerational mobility and how culture, technology, and institutions shape economic prospects in the long run. Recent projects examine how the legacy of US immigration shapes local differences in opportunity today, and what industrial automation implies for of children who grow up in deindustrializing communities.
I am particularly interested in novel methods and data sources. In my work, I draw on taxation registers and other population data in the US and Scandinavian countries, as well as recently digitized historical Census data.
Methodologically, I take a keen interest in interdisciplinarity and open science. I have also worked with incorporating a genetic perspective to social mobility research using twin data.
RESEARCH GRANTS AWARDED (since 2019)
Co-Applicant: The Shadow of Peasant Past: The Impact of Past Generations on Living Conditions in Contemporary Sweden. Value of Award: 4.6 million SEK. Swedish Research Council (2020–2023)
Co-Applicant: Structural, Cultural and Social Integration among Youth: A Multidimensional Comparative Project. Value of Award: 13 million NOK. Nordforsk Nordic–British Research Programme on Migration (2020–2023)
Co-Applicant: Integration of Youth in Sweden in a Multidimensional Perspective. Value of Award: 5 859 293 SEK. Swedish Research Council (2020–2023)
PhD, Sociology, Stockholm University, 2017; MA, Sociology, Stockholm University, 2012; BA, Education, Stockholm University, 2008.
Engzell, P., and Tropf, F. (2020). “What Studying Twins Tells Us about Inequality of Educational Opportunity.” Work in Progress.
Engzell, P., and Tropf, F. (2020). “Nature, Nurture, and Intergenerational Mobility.” VoxEU.
Engzell, P., and Tropf, F. (2020). “Reducing Social Inequities Unintentionally Heightens Importance Of Genetics”. MedicalResearch.com.
Engzell, P., and Tropf, F. (2019). “The Long Arm of the Family”. Population Europe.
Berger, T., and Engzell, P. (2019). “Brave Old World: Immigration, Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility in the US.” VoxEU.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS (since 2019)
Berger, T., and Engzell, P. (2020). “Intergenerational Mobility in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” Preprint.