The impact of childhood circumstances on individual outcomes over the life-course

  • Van Kerm, Philippe (PI)
  • Peichl, Andreas (Partner PI)
  • Waldenström, Daniel (CoI)
  • Lefranc, Arnaud (CoI)
  • Trannoy, Alain (CoI)
  • Iryna, Kyzyma (CoI)
  • Adermon, Adrian (CoI)
  • Kanbur, Ravi (CoI)
  • Roemer, John (CoI)
  • Andreoli, Francesco (CoI)
  • Doorley, Karina (CoI)
  • Hartung, Anne (CoI)

Project Details

Description

The impact of childhood circumstances on outcomes in adulthood has been widely studied in the literature. Although much is known about the relationship between parental background and children's performance at certain stages of their adulthood, little has been done to analyse how childhood circumstances influence educational and labour market outcomes of individuals over the entire lifecourse and under certain institutional designs and policies.
Rather than focusing on a specific stage of adulthood as most studies do, this project aims to employ a life-course perspective and analyse (1) how circumstances in childhood affect influential decision wich mark individuals' transition to adulthood (educational and occupation choices, family, formation etc.), and (2) how these decisions translate into social and economic outcomes (e.g. labour market performance, well-being, (early) retirement decision) at later stages in life. We will simultaneously address these questions from intergenerational mobility and equality of oppotunity perspectives and involve cross-country comparisons, in order to identify causal mechanisms via which social and economic advantages are transmitted from one generation to another, reproducing and reinforcing inequalities in the society. The international team of researchers from France, Germany, Luxembourg, Sweden and the US will be working in close co-operation to build extensive knowledge on the topic and equip policy-makers with potential options for policy interventions. The results of the project will be summarized in several PhD dissertations, published in academic and non-academic outlets, and disseminated via presentations at relevant events.
AcronymIMCHILD
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/01/1831/12/20

Funding

  • Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)
  • Fonds National de la Recherche-FNR

Keywords

  • Childhood circumstances
  • Adulthood outcomes
  • Life-course inequalities
  • Integenerational mobility
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Cross-country comparisons
  • Causal mechanisms
  • Redistributive policy

Research Output

Estimation of intergenerational mobility in small samples: evidence from German survey data

Kyzyma, I. & Groh‑Samberg, O., 5 Jun 2020, In : Social Indicators Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Preferences for redistribution and exposure to tax-benefit schemes in Europe

Andreoli, F. & Olivera, J., Jun 2020, In : European Journal of Political Economy. 63, p. 101880 101880.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Open Access

Robust cross-country analysis of inequality of opportunity

Andreoli, F. & Fusco, A., 1 Sep 2019, In : Economics Letters. 182, p. 86-89 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access