Bastian Betthaeuser

Research Assistant

Bastian’s research focuses on education and labour market policy and its implications for social inequality from a life-course and intergenerational perspective. His doctoral dissertation examines the effect of institutional and structural changes on the social mobility chances of disadvantaged youth in Germany, using quasi-experimental designs and regression techniques. As part of his dissertation project he constructed a unique data set by harmonising and combining three large German population surveys. This research is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Bastian is completing his doctoral dissertation in August 2017. 

Alongside his dissertation research, Bastian is working on a research project examining the role of parental attributes and children’s cognitive ability in intergenerational social mobility in Britain, led by Erzsébet Bukodi and John Goldthorpe, and funded by the Nuffield Foundation. A third research project investigates the causes and consequences of youth unemployment in Europe, funded by European Commission.

Bastian designed and is co-teaching a masters-level course on ‘Social Policy in the 21st Century’ at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG). Before coming to Oxford Bastian studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and worked for the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangkok, Thailand. 

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)

Teaching
-> 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

Bastian Betthaeuser's key areas of research focus are (click to expand):

Intergenerational social mobility
Labour market policy and social inequality