Jean-Yves Gerlitz
Jean-Yves Gerlitz

BIGSSS, Universit├Ąt Bremen

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Regular Ph.D. Fellow, Field B, Cohort 2015

Research Interests

Social Stratification
Sociology of Work

Dissertation topic
Income Poverty, Employment and Occupational Class in Times of Activation

Dissertation abstract
The working poor present a paradox in modern welfare states, where the fight against poverty and social exclusion is based on activation, i.e., labour market deregulation, labour recommodification and social investment, that promotes well-being through employment. Rising in-work poverty rates indicate that employment alone is insufficient to include those on the margins of society. What role did distributions of the labour market, households and the welfare state play in the rise in in-work poverty, how have they changed in the context of activation, and how have different labour market positions been affected? Is individual labour market poverty polarised, i.e., clustered within certain households, what explains polarisation, and how has it developed in the context of activation? How have the chances to realise family incomes of various occupational classes changed in the context of activation and technological change, and what roles did gender, non-standard employment and work intensity play? Taking the case of Germany and using data of the German Socio-economic Panel Study (SOEP), my dissertation project analyses the connection between income poverty, employment and occupational class over the last three decades - a period that was marked by extensive labour market and welfare state transformation.

Academic Supervisors
Olaf Groh-Samberg
Henning Lohmann
Irene Dingeldey