Janine Jongbloed

Postdoctoral Fellow


Canada places high priority on post-secondary education as a key policy response to combat income inequality. However, since the 1980s, rising educational levels in Canada have coexisted with increased levels of income inequality. Recently, scholars have argued that an emphasis on more educational -- in
particular university -- attainment may have the opposite effect and, in fact, fuel higher levels of inequality. In contrast, in Germany, the long term policy approach has been to place strong emphasis on both vocational training and university level education. Because vocational training programs are clearly connected to the requirements of employers and have been observed to correspond to lower unemployment rates in young adulthood, the German model of education is often viewed as a standard by policy makers to which Canada should strive. However, income inequity between graduates of vocational training programs and those of universities is an identified disadvantage of this model. Although a few empirical studies exist, this is the first study to employ extensive comparative longitudinal data to determine the long term effects of educational and labour market trajectories on outcomes in relation to income inequality in Canada and Germany. The central focus of this project is income inequality across the life course. We address two overarching research questions: (1) what are the educational and labour market trajectories of Canadian and German women and men; and (2) how do these pathways unfold in relation to gender, class, family formation, careers, earning levels, and income inequality?



Research Interests

educational trajectories
educational outcomes
longitudinal research
school-to-work transitions
welfare regimes

Research Methodology

Longitudinal analysis
survey research
Mixed methods
sequence analysis
comparative research
Quantitative methods

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.


Janine Jongbloed is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the field of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada and an Associate Researcher with the Institute for Research in the Sociology and Economics of Education (IREDU) in France. She holds a PhD from the University of Burgundy. Her research interests include the nonmarket effects of tertiary education, educational participation and patterns over the life-course, and comparative studies of educational and welfare production regimes. She works with longitudinal projects in both France and Canada, including the 33 year Paths on Life’s Way mixed-methods survey research study in British Columbia.


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