IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Can school make children happier? Exploring adolescents' wellbeing and mental health

13 January 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Pupil writing in class. Image: Phil Meech for UCL Institute of Education

In this webinar, Jose Marquez will explore adolescents' wellbeing and mental health by examining data from the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

This event is free.

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Jenny Chanfreau

The last decade has witnessed a growing academic and policy interest in child subjective well-being and an increase in data availability. 

Research suggests that school is an area of children's lives in which public policy can make a difference, but this is a relatively recent field of research and many research questions are yet to be studied.

In this presentation, Jose Marquez will discuss his work from the last three to four years analysing child subjective well-being data from PISA studies.

He will present evidence on how schools and education policy can make our children happier and the important role of school well-being in explaining the global decline of adolescents' subjective well-being observed in recent years. 

He will also discuss the many possibilities of analysing data from PISA studies to investigate adolescents' wellbeing and recommendations for future research.

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In this weekly Quantitative Social Science (QSS) seminar series, speakers present research that falls under the broad umbrella of quantitative social science.


Image: Phil Meech for UCL Institute of Education

About the Speaker

Jose Marquez

Economist and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Fellow at Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Jose's substantive areas of research interest include the economics of happiness, education and migration. He is particularly interested in how public policy can improve the subjective well-being and mental health of children and young people.

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