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UNITRAN Report Summary

Project ID: 312906
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: Denmark

Mid-Term Report Summary - UNITRAN (Understanding Intergenerational Transmissions: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach)

The ambition of the UNITRAN project is to combine the best sociology and economics has to offer to establish a new understanding of intergenerational transmissions. We know that socioeconomic outcomes are correlated across generations, but we have only little understanding of the mechanisms and intergenerational transmissions that generate these correlations. Now half-way through the project several papers that combine ideas from sociology and economics have been published and more are in the making. For example, a paper that addresses the mechanisms through which family culture acts to enhance children’s educational success will be published in early 2016 in a top sociology journal. This paper combines formal mathematical models developed by economists with ideas about family culture developed by sociologists. The project team has also been established and includes the Principal Investigator, two PhD students, one Postdoc, and two affiliated senior researchers. Members of the UNITRAN team have presented research finding at conferences around the world, have been visiting scholars at highly regarded research institutions (for example, the University of Oxford and Yale University), has organized an international workshop, and has disseminated its findings to top-level policy makers and the general public.

Reported by

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
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