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The COVID-19 pandemic, well-being and transitions to post-secondary education

09 February 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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In this webinar, Malte Sandner will discuss a study about the immediate and intermediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the well-being of two high school graduation cohorts.

This event is free.

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The study investigates the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on well-being and how changes in well-being at the transition to post-secondary education affect educational plans and outcomes. 

The unique panel data contains prospective survey information on three dimensions of well-being: mental health problems, self-rated health, and life satisfaction for 3,697 students. Data was collected before (fall 2019), coinciding with (spring 2020), and several months after (fall/winter 2020/21) the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Applying difference-in-differences designs, random effect growth curve models, and linear regression models, shows that school closures had a positive immediate effect on students’ well-being but well-being strongly declined over the course of the pandemic, mainly concentrated among the 2021 graduation cohort.

Finally, a strong decline in mental health is associated with changes in educational and career plans and transition outcomes. As adverse life experiences in adolescence are likely to accumulate over the life course, this study is the first to exhibit potential long-lasting negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on education and careers of young individuals.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in quantitative social science, well-being, COVID-19, education and post-secondary transitions.

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About the Speaker

Dr Malte Sandner

Senior researcher at Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Germany

Malte received his PhD from University Hannover, Germany in 2013. From February 2014 to August 2016, he was employed at the Lower Saxony Institute for Economic Research (NIW) and the Institute for Labour Economics at Leibniz University Hannover. From September 2016 to April 2017, Dr Sandner was employed as a senior research officer at the Center for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London.

Since May 2017, he has been a senior researcher at the Institut für Arbeitsmarkt und Berufsforschung (IAB). His research focuses on topics in applied microeconomics with an emphasis on education, health, family, and migration economics. He has published in several economic and interdisciplinary Journals, such as Journal of Health Economics, Labour Economics, Kyklos, Economics Letters, Pediatrics, and Child Abuse and Neglect.