Workshop April 17, 2015

Health and Well-Being as Human Capital: The Interactions between Parental Health, Children Well-Being and Life Outcomes

The Research Group on Human Capital held its second workshop on Friday, April 17, 2015, at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Seven academic researchers 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 was intended to promote discussion and exchanges on the theme of children and parental health and well-being. More specifically, the workshop focused on the formation of health and well-being in the family and investigate the contribution of different public policies to reducing health inequalities in children and their parents. The workshop welcomed not only academics (professors, researchers, grad students), but also administrators and policymakers as well as officials from governmental institutions interested in the well-being of children and their parents.

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 8:55 AM to 4:30 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 (Catherine Haeck, ESG UQAM)

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM — Frank Elgar, McGill University: Eight ways families shape adolescent wellbeing: New findings from the WHO Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study

9:45 AM to 10:30 AM — Philip Merrigan, UQAM: Child and Maternal Health: Do they Benefit from Paid Parental Leave Enhancements? (with Catherine Haeck and Pierre Lefebvre, ESG UQAM)

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM — Coffee break

11:00 AM to 11:45 AM — Mark Stabile, University of Toronto: Child Benefits and Family Expenditures: Evidence from the National Child Benefit (with Lauren Jones, University of Toronto, and Kevin Milligan, UBC Vancouver School of Economics)

11:45 AM to 12:30 PM — Nicole Fortin, UBC Vancouver School of Economics: Young in Class: Implications for Inattentive/Hyperactive Behaviour of Canadian Boys and Girls (with Kelly Chen, Boise State University, and Shelley Phipps, Dalhousie University)

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM — Lunch

1:30 PM to 2:15 PM — Michael Kobor, University of British Columbia: Epigenetic Embedding of Early Life Experiences

2:15 PM to 3:00 PM — Krzysztof Karbownik, Northwerstern University: The Fragile-Y Effect: Family Environment and the Gender Gap in Behavioral and Educational Outcomes (with David Autor, MIT, David Figlio, Northwestern University, Jeffrey Roth, University of Florida, and Melanie Wasserman, MIT)

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM — Coffee break

3:30 PM to 4:15 PM — Michael Lovenheim, Cornell University: How Does Access to Health Care Affect Teen Fertility and High School Dropout Rates? Evidence from School-based Health Centers (with Randall Redback, Barnard College, and Leigh Wedenoja, Cornell University)

4:15 PM to 4:30 PM — General discussion and closing remarks (Marie Connolly, ESG UQAM)

4:30 PM to 5:45 PM — Cocktail

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

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