On October 19-20, 2012, CESifo Economic Studies and Uppsala Center for Labor Studies (UCLS) will hold a joint conference on “Families, Children and Human Capital Formation” in Munich, Germany. The purpose of the conference is to stimulate research on this theme. We welcome both empirical and theoretical papers that address policy-relevant questions.
Family background is an important determinant of child well-being and human capital formation. Family and educational policies play a role both in complementing and substituting for the human capital investments of families and, arguably, affect social gradients in both health and education. Providing a deeper understanding of the causal mechanisms involved is an important task for research.
Issues to be covered include the causes and (short- and long-run) consequences of
- Child health
- Early-life interventions and events
- Education and family policies
- Divorce (and the role of the family more generally)
The keynote lectures will be delivered by Anna Aizer, Brown University, and Kevin Milligan, University of British Columbia.
A selection of conference papers will be published in the CESifo Economic Studies journal, subject to a refereeing process. Submission to the conference implies a commitment to submit the paper to the journal, in case the paper is accepted to the conference. It is not permitted to submit to the conference a paper that has already been published or is forthcoming or in a refereeing process. Papers that are submitted to the conference must not be submitted for publication elsewhere, apart from a working paper series, while being considered as submission to the conference.
CESifo and UCLS will provide accommodation, and will reimburse economy travel costs, for all participants with accepted papers. Other CESifo Research Network and UCLS members are invited to participate, but are expected to provide their own funding for travel and accommodation.
Journal CESifo Economic Studies
With the increasing specialisation in the profession, there is an urgent need for building bridges between the different areas in economics. The economic research papers published in academic journals are becoming increasingly less accessible to those not working in the same field. CESifo Economic Studies, published by Oxford University Press on behalf of CESifo, aims to bridge the gap between specialised research in economics and the interest of non-specialists. The journal combines theory and empirical research with a strong emphasis on policy issues. CESifo Economic Studies publishes contributed papers by top level academic economists that are written in a style accessible to all economists, regardless of their specialization. The primary focus of the journal is on policy issues, but it also publishes high-quality, non-technical articles of general interest to economists.
The journal is circulated among a wide audience including policy-makers and government and business leaders, as well as academics and students. All articles appearing in the journal are thoroughly refereed. For more information see: http://cesifo.oxfordjournals.org/