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Abstract submission for the 20th Nordic Demographic Symposium in June 14­-16, 2017 is now open. The symposium, held in Turku (Åbo), Finland, brings together researchers, students, and other experts especially from the Nordic and Baltic countries.   [...]
General Information With this call for papers, we invite researchers in the field of family sciences (e. g. sociology, political science, economics, psychology, education) to actively participate in one of the sessions by presenting a paper during the symposium at the 5th European Congress of Family Science. [...]
Exploring the interconnections between crime, education and urban segregation The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) organises this international, interdisciplinary conference on rediscovering inequalities. The aim of this conference is to offer a forum for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss and debate contemporary issues about the nature, causes and impact of inequalities which arise in a variety of interconnected policy contexts and consider positive solutions to tackling them. [...]
Interview with Amparo González-Ferrer
What are the specific difficulties that pupils of immigrant background face in the education systems? [...]
New Research from Spain
A new study by researchers Maria Medvedeva and Alejandro Portes contributes to the ongoing debate about bilingual advantage and examines whether bilingual immigrant youths fare better, as well as, or worse academically than the matching group of monolinguals. Using data from Spain, where close to half of immigrants speak Spanish as their native language, they found no evidence of costs of bilingualism: [...]
An analysis of 17 European countries
Past research has found that mortality is typically lower among those with a more advantageous socioeconomic position. The "fundamental causes" theory argues that it is the material and non-material resources associated with higher socioeconomic position, such as income, access to knowledge and social connections, that helps these individuals avoid disease, which leads to health inequalities. Johan P. Mackenbach and colleagues tested this theory to see if declines in mortality are greater among those with a higher socioeconomic position. [...]
Long-term effects of attending preschool
It has been proven that preschool attendance improves certain short-term cognitive outcomes of children, such as early literacy, early number concepts, and health. However, very little is known about the long-term effects of preschool. [...]
Whether more education leads to more childlessness depends on the policy context
Long before we had the numbers, it was assumed more education among women would increase childlessness among them. More education means more autonomy and/or more to lose, the arguments go. Closer study in recent years has revealed a more complicated relationship. [...]
New MPIDR study
Children of older mothers are healthier, taller and obtain more education than the children of younger mothers, a new study from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock finds. Mikko Myrskylä, MPIDR-Director, and his colleague Kieron Barclay from the London School of Economics and Political Science conclude that the reason for this surprising finding is the continuous increase of educational opportunities and good health for people in industrialised countries. [...]

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