Research News

2017.10.13 | Research news

Why party members do not vote for their own party

Read Ann-Kristin Kölln's blog post in Washington Post's Monkey Cage.

2017.09.21 | Research news

Ann-Kristin Kölln about the German election 2017

Why is the German federal election important for Denmark? Hear the answer from the department's new Associate Professor Ann-Kristin Kölln in this video.

2017.05.09 | Research news

The Vicious Circle of Inequality

Large study across 27 countries and 30 US states demonstrates the association between unequal and unstable societies and their populations’ motives for social dominance. Ethnic persecution of immigrants, sexism, racism and corruption are some of the many negative consequences.

2017.05.04 | Research news

The immune system may explain skepticism towards immigrants

There is a strong correlation between our fear of infection and our skepticism towards immigrants. New cross-national research from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University explains why political discussions of immigration are so heated and why integration often fails.

2017.03.23 | Research news

When people prepare for conflict, dominant leaders take the stage

New research from Lasse Laustsen and Michael Bang Petersen shows that support for dominant politicians comes from those who favour solving the country’s problems using aggression.

"The results from READ are very promising, especially when the effect is measured in relation to the cost of the efforts. For children with an ethnic background other than Danish, the parents’ effort and commitment have a more positive effect than extra lessons or having an extra teacher in the classroom,” says Simon Calmer Andersen.

2016.10.11 | Research news

Parents’ participation crucial for children’s reading skills

Large gains in learning can be made by involving the parents in their children’s reading. This is the conclusion of the research project READ, which has been conducted in collaboration between Aarhus BSS, the city of Aarhus and VIA University College.

The World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, shortly after the collapse of the second tower. Photo: Wally Gobetz (Wikimedia Commons)

2016.09.09 | Research news

9/11 caused mental illness far beyond US borders

Acts of terrorism have a much wider psychological impact than typically assumed, reaching across borders and spreading fear among populations thousands of miles removed from the actual targets.

2016.05.26 | Research news

Why everyone wants to help the sick - but not the unemployed

New research from Aarhus BSS explains why healthcare costs are running out of control, while costs to unemployment protection are kept in line. The answer is found deep in our psychology, where powerful intuitions lead us to view illness as the result of bad luck and worthy of help.

In their new book “Trust, Social Capital and the Scandinavian Welfare State - Explaining the Flight of the Bumblebee”, the brothers Gert and Gunnar wish to provide an answer to the question: “How is social capital applied in practice to generate wealth in contemporary Danish society?” Photo: AU

2016.04.08 | Research news

Trust may explain the good state of Danish economy and the country’s successful welfare society

Trust plays an important role in Denmark’s welfare society. This society is founded on our very belief that our fellow citizens do not cheat their way out of working or paying taxes, and that the authorities administer our taxes successfully.

Researchers now reveal that satisfaction measurements should not necessarily be seen as indications of an organisation’s quality, and that organisations should therefore be careful when making decisions based on the results. Photo: Jesper Rais, AU

2016.02.04 | Research news

Can we trust satisfaction measurements?

Satisfaction measurements may provide a misleading image of the quality of public institutions. Research from Aarhus BSS shows that caution is necessary when decisions influencing the life of citizens are made on the basis of evaluation results.

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