Welcome to join the workshop on Early Life Environment and Human Capital Formation!

In the workshop scholars working in the field of labour, family and education economics present and discuss their current research projects.

The meeting will contain both contributed and invited papers in the field. The keynote speakers are Anna Aizer from Brown University and Pedro Carneiro from University College London.

The workshop takes place on June 12-13 in congress center Paasitorni, Paasivuorenkatu 5 A.

The meeting is organized by Labour Institute for Economic Research and Aalto University in collaboration with the research project Taidot Työhön – Skills, Education and the Future of Work.



Monday 12th June


9:00-9:15 Welcome from the organizers: Tuomas Kosonen (LIER) and Kristiina Huttunen (Aalto University)


9:15-10:45 Session 1: Maternal well-being (chair Kristiina Huttunen, Aalto University)

Emilia Del Bono (University of Essex), Josh Kinsler, and Ronni Pavan “Estimating the Technology of Skill Formation and Maternal Well-Being”

Aline Butikofer (NHH), Julie Riise and Meghan Skira “The Impact of Paid Maternity Leave on Maternal Health”


Coffee break 10:45-11:15, Juho Rissanen –hall


11:15-12:15 Keynote I: Anna Aizer (Brown University), Shari Eli and Adriana Lleras-Muney: “Marrying the Right Man: The Effects of Welfare Transfers on Marriage”



12:15-13:15 Lunch, Paasiravintola, 2nd floor


13:15-14:30 Session 2: Child health (chair: Matti Sarvimäki, Aalto University)

Hans Grönqvist, Peter Nilsson (IIES), and Per-Olof Robling “Early Lead Exposure and Outcomes in Adulthood”

Erik Grönqvist (Uppsala University), Anna Norén, Anna Sjögren and Helena Svaleryd “Sober mom, healthy baby? Effects of brief alcohol interventions in Swedish maternity care”


14:30-15:00 Coffee break, Paasiravintola, 2nd floor (Kahvitori)


15:00-16.:30 Session 3: Heterogeneity  (chair: Natalia Zinovyeva., Aalto University)

Pedro Carneiro, Sarah Cattan (IFS), Claire Crawford “Who benefits from large-scale early childhood interventions? Evidence from England”

Martin Eckhoff Andresen (University of Oslo) “Child care for all? Treatment effects on test scores under essential heterogeneity”


16:.30-16:45 Break


16:45-17:15 Session 4: Home visiting program (chair: Tuomas Kosonen, PT)

Malte Sandner, Thomas Cornelissen (University of York), Tanja Jungmann, Peggy Herrmann “Evaluating the effects of a targeted home visiting program on maternal and child health outcomes”


Tuesday 13th June

9:30-11:00 Session 5: Cognitive development (chair: Roope Uusitalo, University of Jyväskylä)

Margherita Fort, Andrea Ichino, Giulio Zanella (University of Bologna) “The cognitive cost of daycare 0–2 for children in advantaged families”

Orazio Attanasio, Costas Meghir and Emily Nix (UCL) “Human capital development and parental investment in India.”

11:00-11:30 Coffee break, Juho Rissanen –hall

11:30-12:30 Keynote II: Pedro Carneiro (UCL), Yyannu Cruz-Aguayo and Norbert Schady:  "Dynamic Impacts of Teacher Quality"

12:30-13:.00 Break/possible questions from background groups.


13:00-14:00 Lunch, Paasiravintola, 2nd floor


14:00-15:00 Session 6: Child  health (chair: Tuomas Kosonen, LIER)

Aino-Maija Aalto (University of Uppsala), Eva Mörk, Anna Sjögren and Helena Svaleryd “Childcare - a safety net for children?”

Volha Lazuka (Lund University) ”Infant health and later-life labour market outcomes: Evidence from the introduction of sulfa antibiotics in Sweden”

Event date: 
06/12/2017 - 09:00 to 06/13/2017 - 16:00