Per Engzell

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.

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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”.

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.


Berger, T., and Engzell, P. (2020). “Intergenerational Mobility in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” Preprint.

Learning loss due to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic

Per Engzell, Arun Frey, Mark D. Verhagen

PNAS (Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America)

26 April 2021

Improving Social Science: Lessons from the Open Science Movement

Per Engzell, Julia M. Rohrer

PS: Political Science & Politics | Cambridge Core

22 December 2020

Trends and Disparities in Subjective Upward Mobility since 1940

Berger, T., and Engzell, P.


23 September 2020

It’s All about the Parents: Inequality Transmission across Three Generations in Sweden

Engzell, P., Mood, C., & Jonsson, J. O.

Sociological Science

31 May 2020

Aspiration Squeeze: The Struggle of Children to Positively Selected Immigrants

Engzell, P.

Sociology of Education

23 December 2019

Heritability of education rises with intergenerational mobility

Engzell, P. & Tropf, F. C.

PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(51), 25386-25388

17 December 2019

Status Loss: The Burden of Positively Selected Immigrants

Engzell, P., and Ichou, M.

International Migration Review

17 June 2019

What Do Books in the Home Proxy For? A Cautionary Tale

Engzell, P

Sociological Methods & Research

9 April 2019

American Geography of Opportunity Reveals European Origins

Berger, T., and Engzell, P.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

26 March 2019