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Seminar series

Quantitative Social Science (QSS) hosts a weekly seminar series, where invited speakers present work of relevance to the research interests of the group.

Schedule

Seminars take place on Wednesdays at 1–2pm online using Zoom.

The seminars are open to the general public and all are welcome to attend. Please visit the event page to register.

Speaker programme

Spring term

13 January 2021

20 January 2021

27 January 2021

3 February 2021

  • Title to be confirmed - Grace Lordan, London School of Economics (LSE)

10 February 2021

  • Growing educational inequalities in subjective well-being across the life course? The role of differential risks for and consequences of personal and partner’s unemployment - Anna Baranowska-Rataj, Umea University

24 February 2021 ​​

  • Title to be confirmed - Zoltan Hermann, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

3 March 2021

  • Fear of the future: an exploration of a novel determinant of fertility transitions among a contemporary cohort of adults - Nicoletta Balbo, Bocconi University

10 March 2021

  • Title to be confirmed - Anna Aizer, Brown University

17 March 2021

  • Title to be confirmed - Ingo Isphording, IZA

24 March 2021

  • Impact of COVID on the lives of people with disabilities and chronic health conditions - David Pettinicchio, University of Toronto

Autumn term

7 October 2020

14 October 2020

21 October 2020

28 October 2020

4 November 2020

18 November 2020

25 November 2020

2 December 2020

9 December 2020

16 December 2020

See all forthcoming QSS events

Previous seminars

2019-20

Spring term

15 January 2020

  • Reducing police misconduct and use of force through procedural justice training - George Wood, Northwestern University

22 January 2020 

  • The burden of reproductive histories and health status later in life in Indonesia - Tiziana Leone, London School of Economics (LSE)

29 January 2020 

  • The organisational economics of school chains - Professor Olmo Silva, LSE

5 February 2020

  • DIY or ask someone nice? - Marina Della Giusta, University of Reading

12 February 2020

  • Should I make an effort? Educational trajectories in Switzerland - Kaspar Burger, UCL

26 February 2020

  • The social gap in higher education: new evidence from sibling data - Cristina Iannelli, University of Edinburgh

4 March 2020 - Cancelled 

  • Handling non-response in UK longitudinal cohort studies - Richard Silverwood, UCL

11 March 2020 - Cancelled

  • Trends in child and adolescence mental health: changes in prevalence, outcomes and inequalities - Stephan Collishaw, Cardiff University

18 March 2020

  • The impact of all-day schools on students’ skills- Larissa Zierow, ifo Institute

Autumn term

18 September 2019

  • The complexity of education policies and social inequality in school systems - Louis Volante, Brock University

2 October 2019

  • Exploring and explaining pathways in crime - Kyle Treiber and Gabriela Roman, University of Cambridge

9 October 2019

  • Stay a Little Longer? Teacher Turnover, Seniority and Quality in French Disadvantaged Schools - Asma Benhenda, UCL Institute of Education

16 October 2019

  • How DNA makes us who we are - Robert Plomin, King’s College London

23 October 2019 

  • Ethnic fluidity and ethnic identity negotiations in school - Zsófia Boda, ETH Zurich

30 October 2019

  • Polygenic scores and cognitive development: some cautionary tales - Stuart Ritchie, King’s College London

13 November 2019

  • School choice in England: Evidence from national administrative data - Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge

20 November 2019

  • How robust are intergenerational income correlations? - Per Engzell, University of Oxford

27 November 2019

  • Does Rosie like riveting? Male and female occupational choices - Grace Lordan, London School of Economics

11 December 2019

  • Peers and careers: Alumni networks and labour market outcomes - Andrei Gorshkov, Aarhus University 
2018-19

Autumn term

3 October 2018

  • The effect on human capital accumulation of choosing maths at post-secondary school - Greta Morando, UCL Institute of Education

10 October 2018

  • Learning through test practice: A randomized field experiment with PISA on a global scale - Francesca Borgonovi, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

17 October 2018

  • Wage growth and bargaining in the minimum wage era - Kerry Papps, University of Bath

24 October 2018

  • Wages and labour productivity: Evidence from injuries in the National Football League - Dr Ian Gregory-Smith, University of Sheffield

31 October 2018

  • Education and intelligence: a bidirectional two-sample Mendelian randomisation analysis - Dr Neil Davies, University of Bristol

14 November 2018

  • Student preferences over fees, grants and loans - Emilia Del Bono, University of Essex

21 November 2018

  • Later pension, poorer health? Evidence from the new State Pension age in the UK - Mauricio Avendano, Kings College London

28 November 2018

  • Relationships between physical and mental health changes in later life in Europe - Katherine Keenan, University of St Andrew

5 December 2018

  • Mother tongue reading materials in early primary school - Margaret Leighton, University of St Andrew

12 December 2018

  • Tony Atkinson's last book: 'Measuring Poverty around the World' - John Micklewright, UCL

Spring term

9 January 2019

  • Compulsory education and direct impacts on teenage Roma women - Anna Adamecz-Volgyi, UCL Institute of Education

16 January 2019

  • Trends in relationship formation based on parental wealth - Sander Wagner, ENSAE Paris

23 January 2019

  • Genes, gender inequality, and educational attainment - Pamela Herd, Georgetown University

6 February 2019

How reification of merit breeds inequality: theory and experimental evidence - Fabien Accominotti, LSE

20 February 2019

  • Methodological insights and empirical evidence about Italian primary and secondary schools - Tommaso Agasisti, Politecnico di Milano School of Management

27 February 2019

  • Sorting for schools: the consequences of school choice on local neighbourhoods - Ellen Greaves, University of Bristol

6 March 2019

  • Parents' behavioural response to conflict - Valentina Tonei, UCL Institute of Education

13 March 2019

  • Multiple mediators in observational studies - Professor Bianca De Stavola, UCL 

20 March 2019

State power and self-reinforcing secularisation: East and West Germany 1949-2010 - Professor Jörg Stolz, University of Lausanne

Summer term

24 April 2019

  • The returns to university in the UK: New evidence from administrative data - Jack Britton, Institute for Fiscal Studies

1 May 2019 

  • Addressing identification challenges concerning neighbourhood effects on individual wellbeing - Gundi Knies, University of Essex

8 May 2019

  • The development, causes and consequences of childhood obesity: exploring heterogeneity using multiple birth cohorts - Dr Will Johnson, Loughborough University

15 May 2019

  • The effects of pay decentralisation on teachers' pay and retention - Bilal Nasim, UCL Insitute of Education

29 May 2019

  • Behavioural feedback: Do individual choices influence scientific results? - Emily Oster, Brown University

5 June 2019

  • The health effects of early interventions: Evidence from Sure Start - Sarah Cattan, Institute for Fiscal Studies
2017-18

Autumn term

4 October 2017

  • Residential mobility and tenure changes among separated individuals - Hill Kulu, University of St Andrew

11 October 2017

  • Management quality in Israeli public education - Victor Lavy, University of Warwick

18 October 2017 

  • The effects of introducing the minimum wage in Germany - Attila Linder, UCL Economics

25 October 2017 

  • The optimal length of a working day: evidence from Hawthorne experiments - Peter Dolton, University of Sussex

1 November 2017

  • Where do all the STEM graduates go? - Emma Smith, University of Warwick

15 November 2017

  • Intergenerational transmission of family adversity: examining risk factors - Ingrid Schoon, UCL Institute of Education

22 November 2017

  • School absenteeism in Malawi: trends, influences and impact of cleaner burning cookstoves - Christine Kelly, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

29 November 2017 - cancelled

  • Labour market status on civic engagement in the age of declining labour participation - Dingeman Wiertz, University of Oxford

6 December 2017

  • Bias in regressions with censoring on both sides - Martin Weale, Kings College London

13 December 2017

  • Crime-age profiles and school dropout - Brian Bell, Kings College London

Spring term

10 January 2018

  • Outcomes of fertility treatments for children and families - Anna Barbuscia (London School of Economics)

17 January 2018

  • Trade-off in children's time allocation: embodied capital model of demographic transition in Tanzania - Sophie Hedge, PHD candidate at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

24 January 2018

  • Using web surveys to measure sexual behaviour and attitudes in the general population - Bob Erens, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

31 January 2018

  • The kids are alright: the rise in non-marital births and child well-being - Christina Gibson-Davis, Duke University

7 February 2018

  • The role of inter-parental relationships in predicting child outcomes - Natasha Codiroli McMaster, PhD Student, UCL Institute of Education

21 February 2018 

  • Is marriage still best for health, wealth, and well-being? - Brienna Perelli-Harris, University of Southampton

21 March 2018

  • Equal opportunities in access to higher education in Chile - Michela Tincani, UCL Economics

Summer term

25 April 2018

  • Absence, substititability and productivity: evidence from teachers - Asma Benhenda, Paris School of Economics

2 May 2018

  • Endogenous selection bias and cumulative inequality over the life course - Alex Patzina, Institute for Employment Research, IAB

9 May 2018

  • The response to nutritional labels: evidence from a quasi-experiment - Stephanie von Hinke Kessler Scholder, University of Bristol

16 May 2018

  • Child health inequalities in the UK - Anna Pearce, University of Glasgow

23 May 2018

  • Civic inequalities across the United States - Dingeman Wiertz, University of Oxford

30 May 2018

  • 24/7 economy in the Millennium Cohort Study: maternal and paternal non-standard working - Afshin Zilanawala, UCL Epidemiology & Public Health

6 June 2018

  • The decline and persistence of the 'Old Boy': private schools and elite recruitment - Aaron Reeves, London School of Economics

13 June 2018

  • Childhood infections and labour market outcomes in adulthood - Jutta Viinikainen, University of Jyväskylä

20 June 2018

Elite education and social mobility - Alice Sullivan, UCL Institute of Education

27 June 2018

Peers in early Childhood Education and Care settings in Germany: who are they? - Ludovica Gambaro, DIW Berlin

2016-17

Spring term

11 January 2017

  • High-stakes accountability and teacher turnover - Sam Sims, UCL Institute of Education

18 January 2017

  • The association between depression risk alleles and a specific depressive profile in childhood and adolescence - Lucy Riglin, Cardiff University

25 January 2017

  • Individual differences in environmental sensitivity - Michael Pluess, Queen Mary's London

1 February 2017

  • The changing context of contraceptive choice across the reproductive life course in the USA and Britain - Megan Sweeney, UCLA

8 February 2017

  • Assortative mating: a genetic assessment - Climent Quintana-Domeque, University of Oxford

22 February 2017

  • The role of social class in ethnic minorities' educational and labour market outcomes - Lucinda Platt, LSE

1 March 2017

  • Housework: gender norms and personality - Maria Iacovou, University of Cambridge

8 March 2017

  • Gender empowerment programmes for violence prevention: objective empowerment and subjective wellbeing - Giulia Ferrari, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

15 March 2017

  • The direct effect of social origins on social mobility chances - Erzsebet Bukodi, University of Oxford

22 March 2017

  • Sibling spillover effects in school achievement - Cheti Nicoletti, University of York

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