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CIHR Grant of $ 3M to Professor Haeck and Colleagues

October 8, 2021 – Following their last competition for the funding of projects related to public health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) granted major support of $ 3 million over four years to a team of researchers including Professor Catherine Haeck of the GRCH of the École des sciences de la gestion (ESG). The funds will support a new round of the Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth (CHSCY). Scheduled for 2022, the survey will measure the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the development and health of young Canadians aged 1 to 17. Congratulations to everyone involved!


August 4 Webinar Featuring a RGHC Paper on the Reopening of Primary Schools and Parental Work

This first webinar collaboration between the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) and the Canadian Journal of Economics (CJE) will feature, amongst others, the “Primary School Reopenings and Parental Work” paper by Pierre-Loup Beauregard, Marie Connolly, Catherine Haeck, and Tímea Laura Molná. The objective of this webinar is to highlight work that will be published in the forthcoming COVID-19 special issue.

Date and time: August 4, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Format: free webinar (registration is required)
Language: English
Presenters: Pierre-Loup Beauregard and Derek Mikola
>To register


Congratulations to Mélissa Coissard for her New Scholarships!

Mélissa Coissard, doctoral student in economics under the research supervision of professors Marie Connolly and Catherine Haeck, won three new scholarships this spring:
– merit scholarship from the Quebec Society and Culture Research Fund (FQRSC), ($21,000 / 3 years)
– merit scholarship from the J.-A. DeSève Foundation – Doctorate ($5,000)
– scholarship from the Association étudiante de l’École des sciences de la gestion (AéESG) – Engagement (1000 $)

Her research project aims to identify the impact and economic spinoffs of Quebec political interventions on the cognitive and non-cognitive development of young children. In particular, it will analyze the impact of two Quebec public policies: the preschool for four-year-olds-program, as well as the impact of the school interruption caused by the pandemic, as part of a study carried out for the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES). Congratulations Mélissa!


Research Dissemination Competition: Students Stand Out!

FeuArtificeCongratulations to the students involved in the RGHC who participated in the science popularization competition of the ESG Vice-Dean for Research! Nicholas Thibault and Mélissa Coissard stood out in the following categories:

A special mention to Krystel Poirier for her text on her research carried out on the taxation of sugary drinks. A total of 27 participants took part in this competition open to all ESG graduate students. Internet The winners were determined by popular vote on the ESG website. Congratulations to all the participants for their efforts in disseminating their research!

>Discover all the participants’ texts and visuals (in French).


Data and Database Limitations | Acfas 2021

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 9:15 to 9:45
Type: Conference | Workshop
Location: Online
Language: French

Professors Catherine Haeck and Marie Connolly will present a portrait of the accessibility of public administration data in Quebec, and more particularly on tax, health and education data.
They will also address the importance of democratizing access to data in science to help promote the emergence of young researchers and reduce the public cost of data collection.

> For more details (in French)
> To register for the Acfas 2021 Conference (in French)


Le rôle de l’État dans la lutte aux inégalités | Acfas 2021

Date : lundi 3 mai 2021 de 10 h 55 à 12 h
Type : Colloque | Panel
Lieu : En ligne
Language: French

Professor Marie Connolly will be a panelist and take part in the discussion on increasing socioeconomic inequalities in Canada, Quebec and other countries.
The panel will discuss different types of inequalities and present examples of the effects of certain public policies on their reduction or aggravation.

> For more details (in French)
> To register for the Acfas 2021 Conference (in French)


Collaborative Initiative with Statistics Canada on Intergenerational Income Mobility

February 10, 2021 – Dr. Marie Connolly and Dr. Catherine Haeck launched a collaborative initiative with Statistics Canada to augment and update the Intergenerational Income Database (IID). They obtained funding that enabled Statistics Canada to add three cohorts of teens and parents to the IID, as well as increase the covered reference period. The new data will help researchers perform intergenerational comparisons of income mobility in Canada across a wider range of cohorts and over a longer period of time. The study of intergenerational transmission of income can offer a key in understanding increases in inequality over time.
>To find out more


Mélissa Coissard wins the Ambassador for Research – Doctorate Scholarship

January 22, 2021 – Mélissa is a doctoral student in economics and won the $5,000 Ambassador for Research – Doctorate scholarship in November 2020. Her thesis focuses on the “study of the impacts of Quebec public policies on the development of young children”. Mélissa seeks to quantify the impacts of the kindergarten for four-years-old program on the educational trajectories of children. Her work is supervised by Catherine Haeck and Marie Connolly. Throughout the year, Mélissa will take part in various meetings to promote research, including with undergraduate students, and share her passion for research.
Mélissa also won the $10,000 Éric Girard scholarship in November 2020, thanks to her excellent academic record.
>Find out more about Mélissa in her video (in French).


Understanding the Factors that Affect Student Success in School: a Publication by Catherine Haeck and Marie Connolly Featured in La Presse

Eleve du primaireJanuary 18, 2021 – Our children and youth are Catherine Haeck and Marie Connolly’s priority. In order for researchers to understand the reasons behind each student’s success, however, data is needed – in large amounts. Canada must relaunch the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), and Quebec must use the impressive amount of data it collects to better understand how children are doing and how to help them. Read this excellent article by Francis Vailles (in French) on how accessing data for research purposes is important to help improve the collective well-being of children and youth.

Catherine Haeck and Marie Connolly also wrote the chapter “Public Administration Data Accessibility” in the “Le Québec économique 9: Perspectives et Challenges de la Transformation Numérique” volume (in French) published this week by CIRANO.


Nomination of Marie Connolly as data editor for the Canadian Journal of Economics

2020 – In order to ensure credibility in research, analysis of data reproducibility is essential. As data editor, Marie Connolly performs pre-acceptance verification checks and implements best practices in this area. In this regard, she supported the creation of the ReadMe template, a social science replication package. To find out more, consult the template README for social science replication package and the social science Data and Code Guidance by Data Editors.

The Canadian Journal of Economics is a journal of the Canadian Economics Association.

>Journal policies on data availability and date confidentiality


The consequences of pandemic school closures on student success – Webinar with Catherine Haeck

December 15, 2020 – Academic director of the UQÀM branch of the Quebec Interuniversity Center for Social Statistics (QICSS), Catherine Haeck offered a one-hour webinar on the possible consequences of pandemic school closures on student success. She exposed the various inequalities in Canadian students’ skills, drawn from data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). She also discussed the limits of our current knowledge on the transmission of the virus in children.

To watch the QICSS webinar (in French)
To see the presentation (in French)


Catherine Haeck: Emerging Faculty Award

Catherine HaeckNovember 2, 2020 – Specialized in education economics and labor economics, Catherine Haeck is director of the Statistics Canada Data Laboratory for UQAM and INRS, and guest researcher at the Centre interuniversitaire québécois de statistiques sociales. CIRANO Fellow and Principal researcher for the Competences axis, she also a member of the Psychosocial Maladjustment in Children Research Group (GRIP CHU Sainte-Justine), member of the Research Group on Human Capital (ESG UQAM) and affiliated researcher at the Education Policy Research Initiative. As a principal investigator and co-investigator, she has received more than $9m in research grants (including SSHRC and FQRSC) and published in the Journal of Labor Economics, Labor Economics, Journal of Human Capital and Canadian Public Policy.

>Discover Catherine Haeck’s profile (in French).


Schools will remain closed in the Greater Montreal area

May 14, 2020 – Listen to Catherine Haeck, professor of economics at ESG UQAM, expert in economics of education, click here to listen to her interview with Patrick Lagacé (in French).


An open letter to Le Devoir

April 29, 2020 – Catherine Haeck and Marie Connolly sign an open letter in today’s Le Devoir on the reopening of schools and the benefits for children in terms of learning and mitigation of inequalities. Many references to various studies are made in the letter. Here are the links:

  1. Our research on inequalities
  2. The link between cognitif development and labour market outcomes
  3. Economic growth, recessions and health, the paradox simply explained
  4. Human capital development before age 5
  5. Mortality among children, UNICEF
  6. Epidemiology of COVID-19 for children aged less than 10
  7. Internet access and school closures, summary by Statistics Canada
  8. Long term effects of school closures, evidence from teacher’s strike
  9. Internet in Canada, connecting families program
  10. Virtual schools, what do we know?

Catherine Haeck talks to Patrick Lagacé at 98.5FM

April 20, 2020 – Catherine Haeck talked to Patrick Lagacé on his radio show Le Québec maintenant on 98.5FM in the Montreal area. She talked about the place of children in the current debate around COVID-19 issues, among other things about the (unequal) effect of isolation on children’s learning and on the reopening of schools. You can listen to her here.


Marie Mélanie Fontaine successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis – remotely!

March 30, 2020 – Marie Mélanie Fontaine, Ph.D. student co-advised by Catherine Haeck and Marie Connolly, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis and obtained an “Excellent” mention. Probably a first for UQAM: the defense was done virtually, given the context of pandemic that we live in now. Everything went well despite the circumstances. Mélanie’s dissertation is titled “Three empiricals essays on women’s economic well-being and labour in Canada.” Congratulations Mélanie!


The Research Group on Human Capital receives close to $400,000 from FRQSC to fund studies on socioeconomic mobility

February 28, 2020 – Marie Connolly and Catherine Haeck each received a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec, Société et Culture, as part of the Concerted Actions programme on Poverty and Social Exclusion, Phase IV.

Connolly’s project is titled “Intergenerational Mobility in Quebec: Geographic Differences and the Role of Wealth Inequalities,” and is meant to be the continuation of a previous project on social mobility. This project has two objectives. The first is to describe the geographical differences in intergenerational mobility in Quebec and to understand their determinants. The second objective is to investigate the role of wealth inequalities on intergenerational mobility. The team is also composed of Catherine Haeck and Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, professors and members of the GRCH, and Gaëlle Simard-Duplain, postdoctoral researcher at HEC Montréal.

Haeck’s project is titled “Education and the Intergenerational Transmission of Income.” The project aims to investigate some of the mechanisms that underpin intergenerational mobility in Quebec. This will become possible thanks to new data linkages between administrative data and existing survey data from Statistics Canada. These linkages will allow researchers to have information on income, education, and occupation, for succesive cohorts of Canadian children and their parents. On her team are Pierre Lefebvre and Marie Connolly, GRCH researchers, as well as collaborators Christa Japel (UQAM), Sylvana Côté (Université de Montréal), Richard Tremblay (Université de Montréal), Simon Langlois (Université Laval), and Jean-William Laliberté (University of Calgary).

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