Short project description

Cultural Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency and Enterpreneurship was a EU-FP7-SSH funded project of 12 universities led by Jale Tosun from the University of Heidelberg. It aimed at analysing youth unemployment in Europe following the economic crisis. Besides publishing several papers and a book it generated qualitative as well as quantitative data from 14 countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom). More details on the Project can be found here. A video featuring some results of the Project is available @youtube here.

I joined the project late at its final stages and worked with the quantitative data set analysing diverging patterns of work centrality in Europe. This work resulted in a paper co-authored with Bernhard Kittel and Panos Tsakloglou. In it we highlight the diverse pattern of two dimensions of work centrality: the relative importance of work (esp. in comparison to leisure) and nonfinancial employment commitment, across European regions (see Figure 1). We link these two measures to the popular differentiation between intrinsic and extrinsic work benefits. Utilizing multi-level analysis, we show how strongly parents influence children’s work values and point out macro-economic factors explaining regional differences in work centrality patterns across Europe. The dataset we use has also been published and can be accessed here.

Work centrality across European regions
Work centrality across European regions


(2019). The Transmission of Work Centrality within the Family in a Cross-Regional Perspective. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.


Fabian Kalleitner
Fabian Kalleitner
PhD candidate in Sociology

My research interests include tax preferences, biased perceptions, fairness attitudes, and work values. To gather insights in these topics I combine theories and insights of sociology, economics, and psychology using various methodological approaches (i.e. panel surveys, multilevel analyses, survey/field/laboratory experiments) and estimation strategies.