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Workshop October 6, 2017

Social Mobility and Intergenerational Transmissions

The Research Group on Human Capital held its fourth workshop on Friday, October 6, 2017, at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Six academic researchers from the fields of Economics and Sociology presented recent work. The presentations primarily featured empirical research using microeconometric models, with a particular emphasis on questions of identification of causal effects. The workshop is intended to promote discussion and exchanges on the theme of social mobility, broadly speaking, with a special interest in the role of public policies and interventions and their potential to equalize opportunities. Topics covered in this workshop include social mobility, intergenerational transmissions, social stratification, public policies, and social inequalities. The workshop is open not only to academics (professors, researchers, graduate students), but also to administrators and policymakers as well as to officials from governmental institutions with an interest in the topic.

The workshop took place at the University of Quebec in Montreal, building Président-Kennedy, 201 Président-Kennedy Avenue (Place-des-Arts metro station), room PK-1140, from 9:25 AM to 4:30 PM.

Registration is now closed.

Workshop schedule

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9:00 AM to 9:25 AM — Registration, coffee and pastries served

9:25 AM to 9:30 AM — Opening remarks: Catherine Haeck, ESG UQAM, and Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, McGill University

9:30 AM to 10:15 AM — Marie Connolly, ESG UQAM: Intergenerational Mobility between and within Canada and the United States (with Miles Corak, University of Ottawa, and Catherine Haeck, ESG UQAM)

10:15 AM to 11:00 AM — Yuri Ostrovsky, Statistics Canada: Recent Changes in Intergenerational Income Mobility in Canada: Evidence from the Intergenerational Income Database

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM — Coffee break

11:30 AM to 12:15 PM — Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley: Inequality of Educational Opportunity? Schools as Mediators of the Intergenerational Transmission of Income

12:15 PM to 1:30 PM — Lunch

1:30 PM to 2:15 PM — Fabian Pfeffer, University of Michigan: Multigenerational Cycles of Poverty? The Transmission of Childhood Poverty Across Three Generations (with Davis Daumler, University of Michigan, and Jingying He, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

2:15 PM to 3:00 PM — Jo Blanden, University of Surrey: Housing and Social Mobility (with Steve Machin, London School of Economics)

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM — Coffee break

3:30 PM to 4:15 PM — Thomas Soehl, McGill University: Educational Attainment of the Children of Immigrants: A New Approach to Conceptualizing and Measuring the Role of Context (with Renee Luthra, University of Essex, and Roger Waldinger, UCLA)

4:15 PM to 4:30 PM — General discussion and closing remarks: Philip Merrigan, ESG UQAM

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM — Cocktail

6:00 PM — Conference dinner (by invitation only)

The organizers wish to thank the FRQSCCIRPÉE, ESG UQAM, CRDCN, QICSS, and CIRANO for their support.

Workshop participants are encouraged to stay at the hotel Delta Montreal, 475 Président-Kennedy Avenue.