The Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (CLIC) studies changes of life courses and their consequences on social inequality in modern societies. It is part of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute. The founding members of the Center are Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Fabrizio Bernardi, Rasmus Hoffmann and Martin Kohli

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Fabrizio Bernardi's talk at the TEDx Pisa 2015 on inequality, education and social mobility

La pericolosa curva Grande Gatsby: cosa succede se l'estrazione familiare conta più dello studio

ECSR 2017 Best Poster Award


Marco Cozzani (EUI, SPS researcher), Moris Triventi (formerly EUI, now University of Trento) and Prof Fabrizio Bernardi (EUI) have been awarded with the best poster presentation prize by the board of the European Consortium for Sociological Research for their research on "Maternal Stress and Pregnancy Outcomes. Evidence from the 2004 Madrid Bombing".

The prize has been assigned during the September 2017 ECSR general conference, held at Bocconi University.

RC28 Significant Scholarship Award


Professor Fabrizio Bernardi from the Department of Political and Social Sciences (EUI) has been awarded the "2017 RC28 Significant Scholarship Award" prize for his article “ Compensatory Advantage as a Mechanism of Educational Inequality” by the Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility of the International Sociological Association.

The prize has been awarded to him during the RC28 meeting, held at the Columbia University in August 2017.




Conference - Education as a Lifelong Process. Comparing Educational Trajectories in Modern Societies. Summary of Core Results

The final conference of the eduLIFE project will be an occasion to present and discuss the key results of  all the four phases of the project with outstanding experts in the field. The conference will gather more than 80 participants from all over the world. We are looking forward to lively discussions.



Lecture - Employee Participation and the Quality of Work

Although the importance of reform to improve the quality of work has been rising on the agenda of policy makers, there is still little agreement about the factors that account for variations in work quality. In this lecture, Duncan Gallie (Oxford University) will draw on evidence both from cross-national data and UK national studies to assess the effectiveness of employee involvement in decision making as a mechanism for improving working conditions and creating higher levels of employee well-being at work.

Recent and Upcoming Book Publications

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Education, Occupation and Social Origin. A Comparative Analysis of the Transmission of Socio-Economic Inequalities

edited by Fabrizio Bernardi (European University Institute) and Gabriele Ballarino (University of Milan)


This innovative book takes a comparative approach to the social origin–education–destination triangle (OED), looking at the intergenerational transmission of advantage in 14 countries. The intention is to debate the claim that education is the ‘great social equalizer’. The contributors examine the relation between family background, education and occupational achievement over time and across educational levels, focusing on the relationship between individuals’ social origins and their income and occupational outcomes. It will be of interest to academics and students of social policy and those interested in social inequalities and their reproduction over time.

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Childcare, Early Education and Social Inequality. An international perspective 

edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Nevena Kulic, Jan Skopek and Moris Triventi


The fourth book in the eduLIFE Lifelong Learning Series, to be published by Edward Elgar, provides a cross country comparison of access to early education and childcare, and an evaluation of its short and long term effects on individuals from different social backgrounds.


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Models of Secondary Education and Social Inequality

edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Sandra Buccholz, Jan Skopek and Moris Triventi


The third book in the eduLIFE Lifelong Learning series, to be published by Edward Elgar, focuses on educational differentiation in secondary education and short- and longer-term consequences on social inequality in educational opportunities, achievement and final educational attainment


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Methodological Issues of Longitudinal Surveys – The Example of the National Educational Panel Study


edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, J.von Maurice, M. Bayer and Jan Skopek 


This book, published by Springer, addresses a broad array of pressing challenges of longitudinal surveys and provides innovative solutions to methodological problems based on the example of the National Educational Panel Studies (NEPS).


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Gender, Education, and Employment: An International Comparison of School-To-Work Transitions

edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Jan Skopek, Moris Triventi, and Sandra Buchholz 


The second book in the eduLIFE Lifelong Learning series, 'Gender, Education, and Employment', has just been published by Edward Elgar. This book asks whether or not women have been able to convert their educational success into gains on the labor market.

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Adult Learning In Modern Societies Published by Edward Elgar

edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Daniela Vono de Vilhena and Sandra Buchholz


The first book in the eduLIFE Lifelong Learning series, 'Adult Learning In Modern Societies', has just been published by Edward Elgar. This book will be of great use to both academics and policymakers with an interest in adult learning, sociology, education and inequality, and labor economics.

Former Research Projects hosted by CLIC


Gender and Education in Germany

Project Funded by the German Research Council (DFG)

Families-and-Societies-bannerProject Funded by the FP7 Programme


Project Funded by the European Research Council (ERC)

Funding Agencies