Workshop April 15, 2016

Inequalities and Families: Childhood as a Homeland

“When I was a small boy… I speak of my early childhood, that is to say, of a vast region out of which all men emerge. Where do I come from? I come from my childhood. I come from my childhood as from a homeland.” – Antoine de St-Exupéry, Flight to Arras

The Research Group on Human Capital invites you to attend its third workshop, which will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016, at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Eight academic researchers will present recent work. The presentations will primarily feature 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 inequalities and the family, broadly speaking, with a special interest in the role of public policies and interventions and their potential to equalize opportunities. Childhood shapes future adults’ lives, for example through parental investments, education policies and social interactions. Topics covered in this workshop include human capital formation, intergenerational transmissions, well-being, family 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.

Registration is now closed.

The workshop will take place at the University of Quebec in Montreal, building Président-Kennedy, 201 Président-Kennedy Avenue (Place-des-Arts metro station), room PK-1140, from 8:55 AM to 5:00 PM.

Workshop schedule

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8:30 AM to 8:55 AM — Registration, coffee and pastries served

8:55 AM to 9:00 AM — Introductory remarks (Marie Connolly, ESG UQAM and Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, McGill University)

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM — Catherine Haeck, ESG UQAM: Class Size: When the Tail Matters (with Marie Connolly, ESG UQAM)

9:45 AM to 10:30 AM — Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University: Too Many Children Left Behind

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM — Coffee break

11:00 AM to 11:45 AM — Miles Corak, University of Ottawa: Intergenerational Mobility of Earnings and Poverty in Canada

11:45 AM to 12:30 PM — Joshua Lewis, Université de Montréal: Pollution, Infectious Disease, and Infant Mortality: Evidence from the 1918-1919 Spanish Influenza Pandemic

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM — Lunch

1:30 PM to 2:15 PM — Marianne Page, University of California, Davis: The Effects of Aggregate and Gender-Specific Labor Demand Shocks on Child Health

2:15 PM to 3:00 PMMyra Yazbeck, University of Ottawa: Mental Health Spillovers in Marriage-Like Relationships

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM — Coffee break

3:30 PM to 4:00 PM — Shelley Clark, McGill University: Improving Childcare Options to Create Better Economic Opportunities for Women in Nairobi Slums

4:00 PM to 4:45 PM — Katherine Eriksson, University of California, Davis: The Impact of Migration on Infant Health: Evidence from the Great Migration

4:45 PM to 5:00 PM — General discussion and closing remarks (Philip Merrigan, ESG UQAM)

5:00 PM to 5:45 PM — Cocktail

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

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

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