Health and Attainment Over the Lifecourse
Reciprocal Influences from Before Birth to Old Age
Friday, May 16, 2008
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street
This multidisciplinary conference featured economists, sociologists, demographers, and developmental psychologists who discussed new research on the reciprocal pathways linking health and attainment across the lifespan. Speakers paid careful attention to important questions such as: (a) the extent to which observed linkages can be interpreted as causal; (b) what mechanisms or processes may explain these linkages; and (c) how such linkages might vary in strength and form across different subgroups of the population.
The speakers referred to their new work using a variety of high-quality longitudinal data sets, including the U.S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, the British National Child Development Survey, and the New Zealand Dunedin Survey. The conference also featured a policy-focused plenary session by the Chief of Staff of the Chicago Public Schools, who discussed the interrelationships between, and policy missions of, the institutions serving low-income children’s educational and health needs in the City of Chicago.
Co-Sponsored by Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University; the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy at the Harris School, University of Chicago; Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago; and Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS), University of Chicago.
Introduction: Ariel Kalil
Social Inequality and Disparities in Health: Their Connections over the Lifecourse
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and Alberto Palloni
Developmental Stress and the Origins of Adult Disease
Dr. Andrea Danese
Sex Differences in Obesity Rates in Poor Countries: Evidence from South Africa (pdf)
Challenges of Using Behavioral Health Data to Improve Public Education
Mental Health in Childhood and Human Capital (pdf)
Early-Life Health Disadvantage and Adult Social Status: Variation and Pathways
Margot I. Jackson
"Understanding Links among Adolescent Health, Social Background and Education" (pdf)
"Childhood Health During the Educational Process and Its Consequences for Adult Socioeconomic Attainment: The Case of Great Britain" (pdf)
Early Childhood Poverty and Adult Attainment Behavior and Health (pdf)
Wrap-Up and Discussion: Matthew W. Stagner