Carlo F. Dondena - Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (Dondena)

  • Description
  • The “Carlo F. Don­dena” Cen­tre for Research on Social Dynam­ics (Don­dena) is an inter­na­tional, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary cen­tre for social sci­ence research of rel­e­vance to indi­vid­u­als, busi­nesses, insti­tu­tions and economies. At its core is a focus on social dynam­ics and pop­u­la­tions in their eco­nomic, orga­ni­za­tional and pol­icy con­texts. Don­dena ‘s work builds on the­o­ries derived from cog­ni­tive sci­ence, demog­ra­phy, eco­nom­ics, epi­demi­ol­ogy, his­tory, psy­chol­ogy and soci­ol­ogy. Its researchers make use of large-​scale quan­ti­ta­tive data and adopt inno­v­a­tive ana­lyt­i­cal meth­ods to under­stand and eval­u­ate com­plex rela­tion­ships and changes over time.

    The main areas of research in Dondena

    Demog­ra­phy and the life course. Fam­ily and fer­til­ity issues, eco­nom­ics of the fam­ily and mar­riage mar­kets, age­ing and inter­gen­er­a­tional rela­tion­ships, child­hood, ado­les­cence and the tran­si­tion to adult­hood, demo­graphic fore­cast­ing and related scenarios.

    Pol­icy mod­el­ling, health and well-​being. Mod­els for dis­ease spread and pre­ven­tion, social dynam­ics and epi­demics, sex­ual and repro­duc­tive health, social dif­fer­en­tials in health out­comes, sub­jec­tive well-​being, sta­tis­ti­cal and econo­met­ric mod­els for pol­icy eval­u­a­tion, data har­mon­i­sa­tion and dis­sem­i­na­tion, agent-​based mod­els, social net­work analysis.

    Eco­nomic and social dynam­ics in long-​term and com­par­a­tive per­spec­tive. Social norms, reli­gion, fam­ily his­tory, human cap­i­tal, long-​term impact of epi­demics, his­tor­i­cal demog­ra­phy, wealth dis­tri­b­u­tion, dif­fu­sion of ideas and behaviours.

    Gen­der and Equal Oppor­tu­ni­ties. Gen­der gaps in employ­ment, earn­ings and career prospects: ori­gins and causes. Gen­der dif­fer­ences and con­se­quences on eco­nomic out­comes and social dynam­ics. the role of insti­tu­tions and pub­lic policies.

    Behav­iour, cog­ni­tion, deci­sion. Behav­ioural, and psy­cho­log­i­cal mod­els of decision-​making, the­o­ret­i­cal and applied deci­sion the­ory, online inter­ac­tion and learn­ing, cog­ni­tive sci­ence, exper­i­men­tal and neuro-​experimental deci­sion science.

    Polit­i­cal Econ­omy and Pub­lic Pol­icy. Selec­tion of politi­cians: qual­ity (valence), ide­ol­ogy, and polit­i­cal infor­ma­tion; the role of polit­i­cal polar­iza­tion, elec­toral com­pe­ti­tion, career con­cerns and bureau­cracy in shap­ing pub­lic policy.

    Researchers involved in the Cen­tre include demog­ra­phers, econ­o­mists, experts in law, polit­i­cal sci­en­tists, social psy­chol­o­gists, and statisticians.


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