Harpa Sif Eyjólfsdóttir
Affiliated to research
I´m a Postdoctoral researcher at Karolinska Institutet and a member of the social gerontology group at the Aging Research Center (ARC). I have a BA in Sociology from the University of Iceland, and an MSc in Public Health from Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS, KI/SU). I defended my PhD thesis Unequal tracks? Studies on work, retirement and health, attained at Karolinska Institutet, in May 2021.
My main fields of interest are in social stratification, social gerontology, health inequalities, life course studies, causal inference and quasi-experimental methodology.
My research work focuses on retirement and socioeconomic position in relation to health in old age. The overall aim of the PhD project was to empirically study how retirement processes are influenced by health status, social position and gender in Sweden using nationally representative data sources, and in turn how the timing of the labour market exit influences health and functioning at old age. Postdoctoral research is a continuation of the PhD project, with focus on psychosocial working conditions, early retirement and health.
Eyjólfsdóttir, H. S., Agahi, N., Fritzell, J., & Lennartsson, C. (2022). Physical functioning as a predictor of retirement: Has its importance changed over a thirty-year period in Sweden? European Journal of Ageing. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10433-022-00725-y
Baumann, I., Madero-Cabib, I., Eyjólfsdóttir, H. S. & Agahi, N. (2022). Part-time work and health in late careers: Evidence from a longitudinal and cross-national study. SSM - Population Health 101091. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101091
Baumann, I., Eyjólfsdóttir, H. S., Fritzell, J., Lennartsson, C., Darin-Mattsson, A., Kåreholt, I., Andel, R., Dratva, J., & Agahi, N. (2022). Do cognitively stimulating activities affect the association between retirement timing and cognitive functioning in old age? Ageing and Society, 42(2), 306–330. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X20000847
Eyjólfsdóttir, H. S., Baumann, I., Agahi, N., & Lennartsson, C. (2021). How to Measure Retirement Age? A Comparison of Survey and Register Data. Journal of Population Ageing, 14(2), 143–161. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12062-019-09254-6
Celeste, R. K., Eyjólfsdóttir, H. S., Lennartsson, C., & Fritzell, J. (2020). Socioeconomic Life Course Models and Oral Health: A Longitudinal Analysis. Journal of Dental Research, 99(3), 257–263. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022034520901709
Eyjólfsdóttir, H. S., Baumann, I., Agahi, N., Fritzell, J., & Lennartsson, C. (2019). Prolongation of working life and its effect on mortality and health in older adults: Propensity score matching. Social Science & Medicine, 226, 77–86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.02.026
Lennartsson, C., Eyjólfsdóttir, H. S., Celeste, R. K., & Fritzell, J. (2018). Social class and Infirmity. The role of social class over the life-course. SSM - Population Health, 4, 169–177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.12.001
2019, 2020, 2021: Development, management, organizing, teaching and evaluation: BA course at the Department of Public Health Science at Stockholm University: Arbetsliv, åldrande och hälsa (Working life, ageing and health) (7.5 ECTS).
2020: 1-hour lecture “The Demographic Shift” in the PhD course Public Health Implications of an Aging Population’, at KI.
Supervision: 2020: Co-supervisor for Master Thesis in Public Health Sciences (30 ECTS). Student: Nicole Zimmerman “The association between self-rated health and the labour market status of Swedish older adults”.