Prof. Dr. Jonas Radl

Portraitfoto Jonas Radl


jonas.radl [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Head of the Research Group
Short bio

Jonas Radl is Associate Professor of Sociology at Carlos III University of Madrid. Since March 2018, he is the leader of the WZB Project Group on “Effort and Social Inequality” within the research area “Dynamics of Social Inequality”. The project is funded by a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) and co-hosted by the Carlos III Juan March Institute (IC3JM) in Madrid. The interdisciplinary project investigates social heterogeneity in effort between children from different social backgrounds.



2018-             Research Group Leader WZB Social Science Center Berlin
2015-             Associate Professor (tenured) and „Ramón y Cajal“ Fellow,  Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
2015                Assistant Professor, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
2014                Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
2010-2014     Postdoctoral Researcher („Ayudante“), Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
2004-2005     Research assistant, Research Data Centre of the German Statutory Pension Insurance (FDZ-RV)
2001–2004     Teaching assistant,  Institute for Sociology, Free University of Berlin


2010     PhD in Social Sciences, European University Institute
2007     Master of Research, European University Institute
2006     Diploma in Sociology, Free University of Berlin

Selected Publications

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Henkens, Kène; van Dalen, Harry; Ekerdt, David; Hershey, Douglas; Hyde, Martin; Radl, Jonas; van Solinge, Hanna; Wang, Mo; Zacher, Hannes (2017): “What We Need to Know about Retirement: Pressing Issues for the Coming Decade”. Published online on 20 June 2017, The Gerontologist [Free Access Link]. (*)
  • Radl, Jonas & Ralf K. Himmelreicher (2015): “The Influence of Marital Status and Spousal Employment on Retirement Behavior in Germany and Spain”, Research on Aging, 37(4): 361–387.  doi:10.1177/0164027514536403. (*)
  • Bernardi, Fabrizio & Jonas Radl (2014): “The Long-Term Consequences of Parental Divorce for Children’s Educational Attainment”. Demographic Research, 30(Article 61): 1653–1680. doi: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.30.61. (*)
  • Gerber, Theodore P. & Jonas Radl (2014): “Pushed, Pulled, or Blocked? The Elderly and the Labor Market in Post-Soviet Russia”. Social Science Research, 45(May): 152–169. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2013.12.006. (*)
  • Radl, Jonas (2013): “Labour Market Exit and Social Stratification in Western Europe: The Effects of Social Class and Gender on the Timing of Retirement”. European Sociological Review, 29(3): 654-668doi: 10.1093/esr/jcs045. (*)
  • Radl, Jonas (2013): “Why do women in Spain retire later than men?” [“¿Por qué las mujeres en España se jubilan más tarde que los hombres?”]. Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 142: 109-122. doi:10.5477/cis/reis.142.133. (*)
  • Radl, Jonas (2012): “Too Old to Work, or Too Young to Retire? The Pervasiveness of Age Norms in Western Europe”. Work, Employment & Society, 26(5): 755–771, doi: 10.1177/0950017012451644. (*)
  • Radl, Jonas (2007): “Individuelle Determinanten des Renteneintrittsalters – Eine empirische Analyse von Übergängen in den Ruhestand”, Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 36(1), 43–64. download pdf (*)

(*) Listed in ISI Journal Citations Report (Web of Science).


Other Journal Articles

  • Radl, Jonas (2010): “Salida del mercado de trabajo y estratificación social. Los determinantes de la edad de jubilación en España”. Panorama Social, 11, 163–180. download pdf
  • Radl, Jonas (2006): “Pfade in den Ruhestand und die Heterogenität des Renteneintrittsalters – Eine Analyse auf Datenbasis des Scientific Use Files Versichertenrentenzugang 2004 des Forschungsdatenzentrums der Rentenversicherung”,Deutsche Rentenversicherung, 9-10/2006, 641–660. download pdf


Research fields

Education and Training | Welfare State and Social Inequality
Portraitfoto Jonas Radl


jonas.radl [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin