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Understanding Society Masterclass: Integrating Genetics and the Social Science

Presented by: Professor Daniel Benjamin, Director of the Behavioural and Health Genomics Center, University of Southern California, and Co-Director of the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium; Professor Michaela Benzeval, Director of Understanding Society, University of Essex; Professor Meena Kumari, Professor of Biomedical and Social Sciences,Understanding Society, University of Essex;

Venue: RIBA 66 Portland Place London W1B 1AD

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Masterclass on integrating genetics and social sciences

Understanding Society is delighted to welcome Professor Daniel Benjamin, Director of the Behavioural and Health Genomics Center, University of Southern California, and Co-Director of the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium, to lead a London Masterclass on integrating genetics and the social sciences

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JESS Seminar: Housing Market and Parents’ School Choice Response to School Quality Information Shocks

Presented by: Using a well established disclosure regime, in a setting where there is some limited school choice, this paper investigates the impact of school quality information shocks on both house prices and school choice. Importantly, for the information treatment used in this study – inspection ratings – I establish that (i) students enrolled in a school experiencing an uprating make larger test score gains and (ii) these test score gains are especially large for disadvantaged students. I exploit exogenous temporal variation in the release of ratings to identify their impact along the full school quality distribution. I find robust evidence of the causal impact of changes in ratings on both house prices as well as families’ school choices. The hedonic impact is especially large for homes located near schools serving advantaged students. There is almost no impact for units located near disadvantaged schools; potential explanations include consumer credit constraints and excess capacity at such schools. However, these two explanations are ruled out by the school choice analysis: uprated schools serving disadvantaged students experiences no increase in demand from local families even when these schools are in their choice set.

Venue: 2N2.5B.24