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ESRA 2023 Glance Program

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Concise results from the European Social Survey

Session Organiser Mr Stefan Swift (European Social Survey)
TimeThursday 20 July, 16:00 - 17:30
Room U6-01b

I propose a mixed methodology and substantive session that will feature up to five speakers presenting for a relatively short amount of time. The session is inspired by a format of presentation - PechaKucha - created in 2003 by Tokyo based-architects, Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein.

Papers will be invited from speakers who have the ability to meet the requirements of the presentation format. Ideally, the session will include a balanced mix of substantive and methodological presentations, based on data from the European Social Survey (ESS) and other sources, where relevant. Each speaker will be allocated 10 minutes for their presentations with two minutes for questions.

Substantive papers that cover topics included in Round 10 (2020-22) of the ESS are particularly encouraged. This includes the rotating modules on Digital Social Contacts in Work and Family Life and Understandings and Evaluations of Democracy as well as a special COVID-19 module. Research on other topics covered by the ESS will be considered.

Methodology papers on mixed-mode and online data collection modes are particularly encouraged. Other substantive or methodological topics will be considered following the open call for papers.

As session organiser, I will encourage paper submissions to the session, review these proposals, liaise with presenters, liaise with conference organisers and chair the session during the conference. Whilst most conference sessions tend to include no more than four presentations, this format dictates that the session should include up to five speakers in an hour long session.

Significant time and effort will be allocated to assisting speakers in preparing for what will be a challenging task, especially if some of the topics covered include complicated theoretical concepts, in such as short amount of time. Examples of short presentations are available on the PechaKucha website, and this will be an invaluable resource.

Keywords: European Social Survey, PechaKucha


The Gendered Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Labour Market Outcomes: A comparative analyses of European countries

Ms Marija Bashevska (University of Milan) - Presenting Author
Dr Giulia Maria Dotti Sani (University of Milan)

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic triggered multiple shocks worldwide, facing countries with intertwined health, economic and social crises. Compared to recent global crisis and recessions where the impact on employment was more severe for men, this pandemic crisis has had a significant impact on sectors with higher women’s employment shares, albeit with mixed evidence on varying gendered labour market outcomes in different countries (Alon et al., 2020; Hupkau and Petrongolo, 2020).

The literature on the gendered impact of the pandemic provides early evidence on the job losses for women and men, couples’ changing work patterns, and gendered outcomes in childcare and housework division during the pandemic (Andrew et al., 2020; Del Boca et al., 2020; Chung et al., 2021; Craig and Churchill, 2020; Yerkes et al., 2020; Qian and Hu, 2021; Kulic et al., 2021; Zamberlan et al., 2021; 2022).

However, more research is needed to fully understand the differences in specific employment outcomes a) across socio-economic groups and b) across countries, with particular attention to non-EU European countries that are often neglected in comparative studies.

This study aims to address these gaps in the literature by exploring the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a variety of employment outcomes including the exposure to job loss, income reduction, work hours reduction, furlough and forced unpaid leave. Furthermore, it examines the variations in the employment outcomes in relation to the type of employment, employment sector, and educational attainment, and the parental status of individuals across countries in Europe. The study applies multilevel models to the 1oth Round of the European Social Survey (ESS) data, utilising the rotating modules on Digital social contacts in work and family life, and Attitudes, experience and impact of COVID-19 pandemic (ESS, 2020).


Dr Ana Suárez-Álvarez (University of Oviedo) - Presenting Author
Dr María Vicente (University of Oviedo)

In recent years, the use of “beyond-GDP” measures have become increasingly important, bringing well-being analysis into a more prominent position within scientific research topics. In this framework, multiple efforts have been devoted to unveiling the effects of the digital transformation on well-being. The OECD (2019) highlights that the digital transformation affects many aspects of individuals’ lives, with both risks and opportunities. Available empirical evidence is not conclusive (Ali et al., 2020; Castellacci & Tveito, 2018; Lohmann, 2015; McDool et al., 2021; OECD, 2019; Pénard et al., 2013; Schmiedeberg & Schröder, 2017). In this context, we aim to unravel the effects of the internet on individuals’ level of well-being. We seek to answer the following research questions: 1. What is the effect of internet use on individuals’ well-being? and 2. How do individual personal circumstances influence the effect of internet use on well-being?
For this purpose, we use microdata from the European Social Survey (ESS). The ESS is the most appropriate database to fulfil the goals of this paper since it includes: (i) measures of individuals’ subjective level of well-being, (ii) of their use of the internet, and (iii) sociodemographic information. We specify and estimate econometric models that relate individuals’ subjective level of well-being with their use of the internet.
The results of this paper will contribute to the advancement of knowledge as regards how to make the digital transition fully inclusive, leaving no one behind and guaranteeing the well-being of individuals in a digital society.