The Transfer of Resources across Generations: Family, Income, Human Capital and Childrens Wellbeing

Venue: Vadstena Klosterhotel

Location: Vadstena, Sweden

Event Date/Time: Jun 09, 2008 End Date/Time: Jun 13, 2008
Registration Date: Mar 30, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 30, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Mar 30, 2008
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Transfers of economic, social and cultural resources from parents to children to a large extent are responsible for the inequalities of opportunity among children of different social origin and for the reproduction of social inequality across generations. To longstanding issues of economic disparities have recently been added important dimensions of family structure and other forms of social capital. These are the issues to be addressed by the ESF Research Conference on The Transfer of Resources across Generations: Family, Income, Human Capital and Children’s Wellbeing. The overarching goal of the conference is to develop and understand basic principles that generate these flows of resources of different kind and extent.

Sub-themes include consequences of family change for childhood resources and children's well-being; distribution of resources within households; welfare state support versus family support in the transition to adulthood; social mobility -- processes behind intergenerational reproduction of social position; economic transfers between generations; and income mobility across generations.

This conference will be of interest to academic and policy researchers with concerns about inequality, social welfare, family processes and child development. The format of the conference will permit interaction between representatives of different disciplines and between national experts.

The conference is explicitly organised at the European level in order to contribute to the formation of an international community of scholarship that is able to adequately treat research questions of a comparative nature. The substantive topics addressed in the proposed conferences are topics that are and will remain part of the core of social science inquiry and which relate to central features of the present state and future development of modern societies.

The ESF Research Conferences Scheme provides the opportunity for leading scientists and young researchers to meet for discussions on the most recent developments in their fields of research. It acts as a catalyst for creating new synergistic contacts throughout Europe and the rest of the world. It develops principally through the establishment of long-term partnerships between the ESF and national and international organisations, including universities.


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