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Education, Inequality, and the Life Course

MPC researchers have embarked on innovative new investigations to explore the impact of education on health and economic outcomes in both the short run and in later life. Investigators have pioneered research on the ways in which social and economic structures pattern life course pathways of work careers. Other members of this group are developing research projects on education and work in developing countries.

  • Warren and Grodsky are developing a project to link records for children in the 1990 Census to recent ACS records for those same people as young adults; the resulting data will allow for the largest study of educational and occupational mobility since the Occupational Changes in a Generation studies of the early 1970s.
  • Warren and colleagues are exploring the ways in which health and education affect one another dynamically across the life course among respondents to the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. Using latent trajectories models and data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, Warren and colleagues are also modeling the impact of trajectories of work and family roles on health and economic well-being in late adulthood.
  • Macmillan has undertaken a study to unravel the interrelationships of education and health among new immigrants, using both survey data and a community-based participatory longitudinal study with embedded interventions that seeks to understand education as a vehicle for enhancing health outcomes. He’s also using a latent pathway approach and data from the National Longitudinal Surveys to examine social change the transition to adulthood between 1970 and 2000.
  • Manson, Warren, Van Riper, and collaborators are collecting, harmonizing and disseminating school attendance boundary shapefiles for all U.S. public schools and to link that geographic information to the Common Core of Data and to the American Community Surveys. The School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS) data will allow researchers to precisely describe the attributes of the people who live in K-12 school attendance areas.
  • Mortimer, Liebler, Meier, and others are expanding the Youth Development Study—a longitudinal study of educational, labor force, and other outcomes that has followed a cohort of about 1,000 young people since they were 8th graders in 1988—to include interviews with children of the original respondents (Mortimer, R01HD044138, DBSB).
  • Assaad and Levison are studying the effects of child labor and household work on education in Egypt, and Levison is using IPUMS data to explore interactions of education and child labor in Latin America.
  • Glewwe is researching the determinants of school enrollment and learning among students in developing countries. One current analysis by Glewwe examines the impact of child health on educational outcomes across developing countries; preliminary results suggest that improving child nutrition in the first two years of life is an effective policy intervention.

Participants: Warren (convener), Assaad, Davis, Flood, Freidmann-Sanchez, Glewwe, Grodsky, Levison, Macmillan, Manson, Mortimer, Ruffino