Bastian Betthäuser

Bastian’s research focuses on education and labour market policy and its implications for social inequality from a life-course and intergenerational perspective. More specifically, his research examines the effect of institutional and structural changes on the social mobility chances of disadvantaged youth in Germany and Britain, using quasi-experimental designs and regression techniques. As part of this work he constructed a unique data set by harmonising and combining three large German and three large British population surveys. This research is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

Bastian is also working on a research project examining the role of parental attributes and children’s cognitive ability in intergenerational social mobility in Britain. This is joint work with Erzsébet Bukodi, John Goldthorpe and Mollie Bourne, and it is funded by the Nuffield Foundation. A third research project investigates the causes and consequences of youth unemployment in Europe, funded by European Commission. 

Bastian convenes the mpdule on 'Comparative Education Policy' for the MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the Department of Soical Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford. He also designed and co-taught various other courses at the University of Oxford, including the modules on ‘Social Policy in the 21st Century’ and 'Evidence & Evaluation' at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), the module on 'Quantitative Research Methods' at the Department of Social Policy & Intervention and the course on 'Social Policy and Welfare States in the 21st Century' at Department of Continuing Education.

Before coming to Oxford Bastian studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and worked for the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Teaching
-> Comparative Education Policy, Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford
-> Social Policy in the 21st Century, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
-> Quantitative Research Methods, Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford
-> Social Policy and Welfare States in the 21st Century, Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford
-> Evidence & Evaluation Module, Blavatnik School of Governance, University of Oxford

Projects
-> Social mobility of disadvantaged youth in Germany (ESRC)
-> Social origins, cognitive ability and educational attainment in Britain (Nuffield Foundation, with Erzsébet Bukodi & John Goldthorpe)
-> Youth unemployment and social participation in Europe (European Commission, FP7, with Jacqueline O'Reilly)

Betthäuser, B. (2017) "Fostering equality of opportunity? Compulsory schooling reform and social mobility in Germany", European Sociological Review  . doi: 10.1093/esr/jcx066Download

Betthäuser, B. (2017) "Protecting outsiders? Corporatism and the dualization of unemployment protection in Germany and Austria", European Journal of Social Security  . doi: 10.1177/1388262717724892Download

Bukodi, E., M. Bourne and B. Betthäuser (2017) "Wastage of Talent? Social Origins, Cognitive Ability and Educational Attainment in Britain", Advances in Life Course Research  

Bourne, M., E. Bukodi, B. Betthäuser and J. H. Goldthorpe (2017) "‘Persistence of the social’: The role of cognitive ability in mediating the effects of social origins on educational attainment in Britain", (currently under review)  

Betthäuser, B. (2016) "Left behind? Over-time change in the social mobility of the most disadvantaged youth in Germany", (currently under review)  

Betthäuser, B. and M. Bourne (2016) "Harmonizing the measurement of social origin, cognitive ability and educational attainment in four British population surveys: NCDS, BCS70, LSYPE and ALSPAC.", SOCED Project Data Note 2016-10-11. Download

Arrigoni, A., B. Betthäuser, E. Chase, E. Ferragina, M. Seeleib-Kaiser, T. Spreckelsen (2016) "Young People as Outsiders: Prevalence, composition and participation", Report prepared for the European Union. Download

Betthäuser, B. (2016) "The Oxford Dataset on Social Inequality in Germany (OxGer): Harmonizing and combining information on social origin, educational attainment and social destination in the NEPS, SOEP and GLHS", SOCED Project Data Note 2016-09-21  

Betthäuser, B. and M. Bourne (2016) "Measuring social origin, cognitive ability and educational attainment in the British Birth Cohort Study (BCS70).", SOCED Project Data Note 2016-10-04. Download

Betthäuser, B. and M. Bourne (2016) "Measuring social origin, cognitive ability and educational attainment in the National Child Development Study (NCDS).", SOCED Project Data Note 2016-08-09. Download

Bourne, M. and Betthäuser, B. (2016) "Measuring social origin, cognitive ability and educational attainment in the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE).", SOCED Project Data Note 2016-06-03. Download

Betthäuser, B. (2016) "Measuring social origin, educational attainment and social destination in the National Education Panel Study (NEPS)", SOCED Project Data Note 2016-08-28  

Betthäuser, B. (2016) "Measuring social origin, educational attainment and social destination in the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP)", SOCED Project Data Note 2016-06-15  

Betthäuser, B. (2016) "Measuring social origin, educational attainment and social destination in the German Life-History Study (GLHS)", SOCED Project Data Note 2016-04-01  

Other Outputs

BSG Lecture: Social mobility and Education Policy. Betthaeuser, B. (2016). This lecture gives an introduction to the concept and measurement of intergenerational social mobility. It further discusses some existing evidence on whether and how intergenerational social mobility can be increased via education policy. It was held as part of the course on 'Social Policy in the 21st Century' for the Masters of Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG) View Online

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