Juho Härkönen

Teaching - Seminars and workshops

Workshop: Measurement in the social sciences, organised with L. Littvay, CEU (Spring 2021)

Seminar: Advanced topics in life course research, together with Fabrizio Bernardi (Winter 2020)

Seminar: Introduction to Quantitative Methods, together with Arnout van de Rijt (Autumn 2020)

Workshop: Sequence Analysis in the Social Demography (Spring 2020), organised with Anette Fasang (Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences)

Workshop: Multilevel modelling (Spring 2020), organised with L. Littvay (Max Weber Fellow)

Workshop: Panel Data Analysis (Spring 2020), organised with R. Grotti (Research Fellow)

Seminar: Social Demography (Winter 2020)

Seminar: Introduction to Quantitatve Methods, together with Arnout van de Rijt (Autumn 2019)

Workshop: Panel Data Analysis (Spring 2019), organised with R. Grotti (Research Fellow)

Workshop: Event History Analysis (Spring 2019)

Seminar: Life Course Research (Winter 2019)

Seminar: Introduction to Quantitative Methods (together with Elias Dinas) (Autumn 2018)

Seminar: Multilevel modelling (Winter 2018)


For prospective students

I welcome Ph.D. proposals dealing broadly with life course research, family demography, social stratification, and health. Methodologically, I am best prepared to supervise studies using quantitative data and methods (such as event history and other demographic methods, multilevel models, growth curves, panel data, and causal designs), but I also welcome proposals for qualitative studies. 

Examples of my current interests include:

  • The growing stratification on family forms and behaviours (e.g., divorce, family formation, single parenthood). For representative works, see my paper with Jaap Dronkers, and some more recent and ongoing work.
  • The effects of family dynamics (divorce and separation, childbearing, etc.) on adults and their children. See our recent review paper.
  • Social disparities in health and its consequences. I have studied the effects of prenatal health, gender health gaps, and social disparities in smoking in pregnancy.
  • The formation of inequalities in employment, occupational attainment, and income over the life course. 
  • Social mobility and intergenerational transmission processes.

These are merely examples, and I look forward to reading Ph.D. proposals on a wider range of questions related to the above mentioned (and other) general themes.


Doctoral students at the EUI:

Claudia Brunori ("Immigrants and the labour market: selectivity, trajectories and the role of policies")

Giuseppe Ciccolini ("Varieties of citizenship: youth unemployment, welfare and political participation")

Inés Gil Torras ("Historical family systems legacy on interpersonal violence")

Annika Hanna Maaria Lehmus-Sun ("Know Thyself and Become What You Are: Eudaimonic Wellbeing in Europe, in The United Kingdom and in The United States")

Hilde Orderund ("Health Inequality in Countries Affected by Earthquakes or Storms: A cross-national study")

Chiara Puglisi ("Assessing the impact of female empowerment in the fight against child mortality: comparative analysis in a global setting")

Diana Rafailova ("The Impact of Political Regimes on Student Achievement: A Cross-National Comparison of PISA Scores from 2000-2015") 

Linda Vecgaile ("It is she who will foster the economic growth: impact of female labour participation and birth postponement on total labour productivity")


Doctoral students elsewhere:

Completed: Johan Dahlberg, Margarita Chudnovskaya, Martin Kolk (co-supervisor), Olof Östergren (co-supervisor), Linus Andersson Rydell (co-supervisor), Ilari Ilmakunnas (co-supervisor), Anna Erika Hägglund (Leibniz Universität Hannover, co-supervisor)

Ongoing (currently as co-supervisor): Kathrin Morosow, Stockholm; Sanni Kotimäki, Turku; Eva-Lisa Palmtag, Stockholm; Martin Jonsson, Karolinska Institute; Elviira Porthan, Turku


Research projects

  • CRITEVENTS is a consortium of researchers from Amsterdam, Lausanne, Oxford, Stockholm, and the EUI that studies the impact of two critical life events - job loss and union dissolution - on the life trajectories of adults and their children. The project's main objectives are to understand: (1) how job loss and union dissolution contribute to the accumulation of disadvantage over the life course; (2) what mechanisms explain the (unequal) impact of these events; and (3) which work and family policies are effective in targeting these mechanisms in order to reduce inequality. The project is funded by Norface and led by Thomas Leopold at the University of Amsterdam. The EUI node of the project is led by Juho Härkönen and the other members of the EUI node are Raffaele Grotti and Misun Lim.
  • TECHNEQUALITY (Technological inequality – understanding the relation between recent technological innovations and social inequalities): Current technological innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence, data, and computing power are nothing short of revolutionary. These developments invite many pressing societal questions. How will work change? Will jobs be destroyed? What new jobs will be created? How will existing jobs change? But also: who will benefit most from these technological developments? How do inequalities change? Are social groups affected differently? And, importantly, what can governments do to cushion technological inequalities? How can we best educate workers to meet the demands of future labor markets? And should we really rethink welfare? TECHNEQUALITY brings together a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars from Europe's most renowned universities and research institutes to answer these questions, and work with policy-makers to co-create policies that work.

Research - events and conferences

22 - 24 June 2020: Popfest 2020, co-organised with the University of Florence

18 - 19 October 2019: Divorce conference, co-organised with F. Bernardi and the University of Florence


See also CLIC and the Inequality Working Group


Selected publications

Four recent articles:

Härkönen, J., Brons, M.D., & Dronkers, J. 2021. Family forerunners? Parental separation and partnership formation in 16 countries. Journal of Marriage and Family 83(1): 119-36.

Härkönen, J. & Sirniö, O. 2020. Educational transitions and educational inequality: A multiple pathways sequential logit model analysis of Finnish birth cohorts 1960-85. European Sociological Review 36(5): 700-19.

Settersten, R. A., Jr., Bernardi, L., Härkönen, J., Antonucci, T. C., Dykstra, P. A., Heckhausen, J., Kuh, D., Mayer, K. U., Moen, P., Mortimer, J. T., Mulder, C. H., Smeeding, T. M., van der Lippe, T., Hagestad, G. O., Kohli, M., Levy, R., Schoon, I., & Thomson, E. 2020. Understanding the effects of Covid-19 through a life course lens. Advances in Life Course Research 45: 100360.

Monti, A. F., Mussino, E., Drefahl, S., & Härkönen, J. 2020. Over-coverage in population registers leads to bias in demographic estimates. Population Studies 74(3): 451-69.


Four representative articles:

Härkönen, J. & Sirniö, O. 2020. Educational transitions and educational inequality: A multiple pathways sequential logit model analysis of Finnish birth cohorts 1960-85. European Sociological Review 36(5): 700-19. 

Härkönen, J., F. Bernardi, & D. Boertien. 2017. Family dynamics and child outcomes: Key findings and unresolved questionsEuropean Journal of Population 33(2): 163-84. 

Härkönen, J., H. Kaymakcalan, P. Mäki & A. Taanila. 2012. Prenatal health, educational attainment, and intergenerational inequality: The Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 Study. Demography 49(2):525-52.

Härkönen, J. & J. Dronkers. 2006. Stability and change in the educational gradient of divorce. A comparison of seventeen countriesEuropean Sociological Review 22(5):501-17. 

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