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MiSoC Workshop on Parental Beliefs, Information and Investments

The ESRC Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) is hosting a workshop on parental beliefs and parental investments in children. This will focus on new research investigating the importance of individual expectations (i.e. beliefs) in determining choices, with a focus on the expectations that parents have regarding the returns to their investment in children. It will also include research that analyses other behavioural influences on the time and money investments that parents make. The papers in this workshop contribute to growing interest in economics and the other social sciences in the early life determinants of differences in achievement between children from families of high vs low socioeconomic status. Some of the papers at this conference use purposively gathered experimental data, while others use under-explored secondary data. The keynote speakers are Orazio Attanasio (UCL, UK) and Flavio Cunha (Rice University, USA). The conference is jointly organized by Sonia Bhalotra, Adeline Delavande, Emilia Del Bono and Birgitta Rabe.

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Launch of Understanding Society Epigenetic Data

The Understanding Society team has measured genome wide epigenetic data in blood samples from almost 1,200 people. To mark the launch of this new data, the household study is hosting an event at The Royal Society for Public Health, London on 27th April.

The new epigenetic data will combine with Understanding Society’s existing biomarker, genetic, social and economic data to provide a rich and powerful research resource. Social, behavioural and environmental scientists might be interested in epigenetics based on the premise that one’s social, behavioural and environmental circumstances can modify which aspects of the genome are expressed and which are not.

How do parental choices affect children's achievements?

MiSoC workshop (8-9 May) on parental beliefs and parental investments in children, focusing on new research investigating the importance of individual expectations in determining choices. Keynote speakers are Orazio Attanasio (UCL, UK) and Flavio Cunha (Rice University, USA)

Understanding Society Biomarker Conference

The Understanding Society Biomarker Conference will give researchers the opportunity to showcase their current and ongoing work based on Understanding Society biomarker data

Understanding Society Masterclass Combining Sociology and Biology

This workshop with Professor Teresa Seeman from the University of California, Los Angeles will help researchers better understand the interaction of the social environment and health with a focus on the biological pathways and the potential to investigate them with Understanding Society.

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