My research interests are social inequality, especially inequality in education, social mobility, and gender inequality.

I am not only interested in statistical descriptions, but also in assessing potential mechanisms by using survey experiments and laboratory experiments amongst others.



  • Why women choose 'female' professions. Analysing mechanisms behind horizontal sex segregation with survey experiments.

  • The influence of personality traits and job preferences on the gender pay gap in the early career.
    (with Barbara Zimmermann, University of Bern)

  • Unobserved effects in teacher's decisions - anticipation of parental support? An experimental analysis. (with Ulf Liebe, University of Warwick)




  • Combet, Benita; Oesch, Daniel (2021): The social-origin gap in university graduation by gender and immigrant status. A cohort analysis for Switzerland.
    Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 12(2): 119–146. (equal contribution) (Article, Working Paper
    , Stata scripts and output)

  • Jakob, Martina; Combet, Benita (2020): Educational aspirations and decision-making in a context of poverty. A test of rational choice models in El Salvador.
    Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 69, 100545.
    (equal contribution) (Article, Working Paper, Stata scripts and output)

  • Combet, Benita (2019): The institutional dimension of class-based educational decision-making: Evidence from regional variation in Switzerland.
    Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 48(4): 301–320. (Article, Working Paper, Appendix, Stata scripts and output)

  • Combet, Benita; Oesch, Daniel (2019): The gender wage gap opens long before motherhood. Panel evidence on early careers in Switzerland.
    European Sociological Review, 35(3): 332-345. (equal contribution) (Article, Working Paper, Appendix, Stata scripts and output)
    Runner-up for the ESR Best Article Prize 2020

  • Berger, Joël; Combet, Benita (2017): Late School Tracking, Less Class Bias in Educational Decision-Making? The Uncertainty Reduction Mechanism and Its Experimental Test. European Sociological Review, 33(1): 124-136. (equal contribution) (Article, Working Paper)
    won the Best Student Paper Award by ISA RC 45, 2016 edition

  • Combet, Benita (2013): Zum Einfuss von primären und sekundären Effekten der sozialen Herkunft beim zweiten schulischen Übergang in der Schweiz.
    Ein Vergleich unterschiedlicher Dekompositions- und Operationalisierungsmethoden.
    Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Bildungswissenschaften, 35(3): 447-471. (Article, Abstract in English)


  • Jann, Ben; Combet, Benita (2012): Zur Entwicklung der intergenerationalen Mobilität in der Schweiz.
    Swiss Journal of Sociology, 38(2): 177-199. (Article, Abstract in English)