Labour markets, stratification, economic sociology, migration, gender, political sociology, quantitative methods, field experiments, discrimination
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Javier Polavieja (Oxford University PhD in Sociology, 2001) is Banco de Santander Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences, University Carlos III of Madrid. His main fields of research are social stratification, economic sociology, labour-market sociology, political sociology and migration research. His work has been published in leading international journals including, amongst others, the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, European Sociological Review, Social Forces, Labour Economics, International Migration, the Socio-Economic Review and Social Indicators Research, as well as in the leading Spanish academic journals in the social sciences.

Recent Publications

2018. (with Oliver Strijbis). "Immigrants against immigration: Competition, identity and immigrants’ vote on free movement in Switzerland". Electoral Studies, 56:150–157.

2018. (with Mariña Fernández-Reino and María Ramos). "Are Migrants Selected on Motivational Orientations? Selectivity Patterns amongst International Migrants in Europe”. European Sociological Review,  34(5):570-588.

2017. "Culture as a Random Treatment: A Reply to Chou". American Sociological Review, 82(2): 444-450. 

2016. (with Lucinda Platt). "Saying and Doing Gender: The Intergenerational Transmission of Attitudes towards the Sexual Division of Labour”. European Sociological Review, 32(6): 820-834.

2016. “Labour-Market Competition, Recession and Anti-Immigrant Sentiments in Europe: Occupational and Environmental Drivers of Competitive Threat". Socio-Economic Review, 14(3): 395-417.

2015. “Capturing Culture: A New Method to Estimate Exogenous Cultural Effects using Migrant Populations”. American Sociological Review, 80(1): 166-191.

2014. (with Lucinda Platt). “Nurse or Mechanic? Explaining Sex-Typed Occupational Aspirations amongst Young Children”. Social Forces, 93(1): 31-61.