Institute of Education


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.


Seminars take place on Wednesdays at 13.00 -14.00 at Centre for Longitudinal Studies, 55-59 Gordon Square, room G02. The seminars are open to the general public and all are welcome to attend.

Speaker programme

Autumn term 2019

18 September 2019The complexity of education policies and social inequality in school systemsLouis VolanteBrock University
2 October 2019Exploring and explaining pathways in crimeKyle Treiber and Gabriela RomanUniversity of Cambridge
9 October 2019Stay a Little Longer? Teacher Turnover, Seniority and Quality in French Disadvantaged SchoolsAsma BenhendaUCL (QSS)
16 October 2019How DNA makes us who we areRobert PlominKing’s College London
23 October 2019Ethnic fluidity and ethnic identity negotiations in schoolZsófia BodaETH Zurich
30 October 2019Polygenic scores and cognitive development: some cautionary talesStuart RitchieKing’s College London
13 November 2019School choice in England: Evidence from national administrative dataAnna VignolesUniversity of Cambridge
20 November 2019How robust are intergenerational income correlations? Per EngzellUniversity of Oxford
27 November 2019Does Rosie like riveting? Male and female occupational choicesGrace LordanLondon School of Economics
4 December 2019Health along the colour line: Quantifying the roles of economic, psychosocial and structural factorsTyson BrownDuke University
11 December 2019Peers and careers: Alumni networks and labour market outcomesAndrei GorshkovAarhus University

Spring term 2020

All titles for the Spring 2020 seminars are currently to be confirmed.

15 January 2020George WoodNorthwestern University
22 January 2020Tiziana LeoneLSE
29 January 2020Gordon HaroldUniversity of Sussex
5 February 2020Marina Della GiustaUniversity of Reading
12 February 2020Kaspar BurgerUCL (QSS)
26 February 2020Cristina IannelliUniversity of Edinburgh
4 March 2020Richard SilverwoodUCL (CLS)
11 March 2020Stephan CollishawCardiff University
18 March 2020Larissa Zierowifo Institute
25 March 2020Astrid KunzeNorwegian School of Economics

See all forthcoming QSS events.

Previous seminars

Summer term 2019
24 April 2019The returns to university in the UK: New evidence from administrative dataJack Britton (Institute for Fiscal Studies)G02
1 May 2019Addressing identification challenges concerning neighbourhood effects on individual wellbeingGundi Knies (ISER, University of Essex)G20
8 May 2019

The development, causes and consequences of childhood obesity: exploring heterogeneity using multiple birth cohorts

Dr Will Johnson (Loughborough University)G02
15 May 2019The effects of pay decentralisation on teachers' pay and retentionBilal Nasim (UCL Insitute of Education)G20
22 May 2019TBCDylan Kneale (UCL Insitute of Education)G02
29 May 2019Behavioural feedback: Do individual choices influence scientific results?Emily Oster (Brown University)G03
5 June 2019The health effects of early interventions: Evidence from Sure StartSarah Cattan (Institute for Fiscal Studies)G02
Spring term 2019
9 January 2019Compulsory education and direct impacts on teenage Roma womenAnna Adamecz-Volgyi (UCL Institute of Education)G20
16 January 2019Trends in relationship formation based on parental wealthSander Wagner (ENSAE Paris)G02
23 January 2019Genes, Gender Inequality, and Educational AttainmentPamela Herd (Georgetown University)G02
6 February 2019How reification of merit breeds inequality: Theory and experimental evidenceFabien Accominotti (LSE)G02
  Reading week 
20 February 2019Methodological insights and empirical evidence about Italian primary and secondary schoolsTommaso Agasisti (Politecnico di Milano School of Management)G20
27 February 2019

Sorting for schools: the consequences of school choice on local neighbourhoods

Ellen Greaves (University of Bristol)G02
6 March 2019

Parents' behavioural response to conflict

Valentina Tonei (UCL Institute of Education)G02
13 March 2019Multiple mediators in observational studiesProfessor Bianca De Stavola (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health)G02
20 March 2019

State power and self-reinforcing secularisation: East and West Germany 1949-2010

Professor Jörg Stolz (University of Lausanne)G20
Autumn term 2018
3 October 2018

The effect on human capital accumulation of choosing maths at post-secondary school

Greta Morando (UCL Institute of Education)G02
10 October 2018

Learning through test practice: A randomized field experiment with PISA on a global scale

Francesca Borgonovi (OECD)G02
17 October 2018

Wage growth and bargaining in the minimum wage era

Kerry Papps (University of Bath)G20
24 October 2018

Wages and labour productivity: Evidence from injuries in the National Football League

Dr Ian Gregory-Smith (University of Sheffield)G02
31 October 2018

Education and intelligence: a bidirectional two-sample Mendelian randomisation analysis

Dr Neil Davies (University of Bristol)G02
14 November 2018

Student preferences over fees, grants and loans

Emilia Del Bono (ISER, University of Essex)G02
21 November 2018Later pension, poorer health? Evidence from the new State Pension age in the UKMauricio Avendano (Kings College London)G02
28 November 2018Relationships between physical and mental health changes in later life in EuropeKatherine Keenan (University of St Andrew)G20
5 December 2018Mother tongue reading materials in early primary schoolMargaret Leighton (University of St Andrew)G02
12 December 2018Tony Atkinson's last book: 'Measuring Poverty around the World'John Micklewright (UCL)G02
Summer term 2018
25 April 2018Asma Benhenda (Paris School of Economics)
2 May 2018Alex Patzina (Institute for Employment Research, IAB)
9 May 2018Stephanie von Hinke Kessler Scholder (University of Bristol)
16 May 2018Anna Pearce (University of Glasgow)
23 May 2018Dingeman Wiertz (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)
30 May 2018Afshin Zilanawala (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health)
6 June 2018Aaron Reeves (London School of Economics)
13 June 2018Jutta Viinikainen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
7 March 2018Cancelled: Alex Patzina (Institute of Employment Research, IAB)
20 June 2018Alice Sullivan (UCL Institute of Education)
27 June 2018Ludovica Gambaro (DIW Berlin)
Spring term 2018
Date Speaker
10 January 2018Anna Barbuscia (London School of Economics)
17 January 2018Sophie Hedge (PhD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
24 January 2018Bob Erens (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
31 January 2018Christina Gibson-Davis (Duke University)
7 February 2018Natasha Codiroli McMaster (PhD Student, QSS)
14 February 2018Reading Week - no seminar
21 February 2018Brienna Perelli-Harris (University of Southampton)
28 February 2018Cancelled: Emilia Del Bono (Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex)
7 March 2018Cancelled: Alex Patzina (Institute of Employment Research, IAB)
14 March 2018Cancelled: Sander Wagner (Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance)
21 March 2018Michela Tincani (UCL Economics)
Autumn term 2017
4 October 2017Hill Kulu (University of St Andrew)
11 October 2017Victor Lavy (University of Warwick)
18 October 2017Attila Linder (UCL Economics)
25 October 2017Peter Dolton (University of Sussex)
1 November 2017Emma Smith (University of Warwick)
8 November 2017Reading Week - no seminar
15 November 2017Ingrid Schoon (UCL Institute of Education)
22 November 2017Christine Kelly (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
29 November 2017 (cancelled)Cancelled: Dingeman Wiertz (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)
6 December 2017Martin Weale (Kings College London)
13 December 2017Brian Bell (Kings College London)
Spring term 2017
11 January 2017Sam Sims (UCL Institute of Education)
18 January 2017Lucy Riglin (Cardiff University)
25 January 2017Michael Pluess (Queen Mary's London)
1 February 2017Megan Sweeney (UCLA, Sociology)
8 February 2017Climent Quintana-Domeque (University of Oxford, Economics)
22 February 2017Lucinda Platt (LSE)
1 March 2017Maria Iacovou (University of Cambridge, Sociology)
8 March 2017Giulia Ferrari (LSHTM)
15 March 2017Erzsebet Bukodi (University of Oxford, Social Policy)
22 March 2017Cheti Nicoletti (University of York, Economics)

Series convenors

Dr Bozena Wielgoszewska
Dr Dingeman Wiertz