Current Series

Dondena Seminar Series
Spring 2020

All seminars (and light lunches!) will begin at 12:45 p.m. and be held in Room 3-e4-sr03, unless otherwise noted.

Titles and abstracts will be posted as they become available. 


Room: 5.e4.sr04, 12:45 – 14:00


School of Archaeology - University of Oxford

Title: New insights into prehistoric farming communities in Europe


Abstract:  The Neolithic period in Europe has been a long-term research focus in archaeology, but many challenges and opportunities remain. While recent successes in human ancient DNA recovery have begun to clarify the complex demographic background to the spread of farming in Europe, archaeological research has also begun to tackle topics of urgent contemporary relevance, including the biodiversity and resilience of early European farming, as well as levels of wealth inequality in these societies. In this talk I will bring together key insights in order to frame the implications of early farmers for Europeans today. 


Bio: Amy Bogaard is Professor of Neolithic and Bronze Age Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on early farming in western Asia and Europe, including its social and wider ecological consequences. Methodologically she is interested in the study of present-day ’traditional’ farming regimes as a basis of comparison with ancient agricultural practices. 





Vu University of Amsterdam

Title: “A Bit of Salt, A Trace of Life”Gender Norms and The Impact of a Salt Iodization Program on Human.Capital Formation of School Aged Children

Bio:Maarten Lindeboom is Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at VU University Amsterdam. He is an editor of the Journal of Health Economics and holds various positions in boards of international research institutes. He held longer term visiting positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Bristol. His research interests are Health, Labor Economics and Demography, in particular issues related to Early life conditions human capital formation and later life health outcomes; Health, Income and Work across the life cycle; Mental Health and Economic Decision Making. Among others he has published in American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Economic JournalReview of Economics and StatisticsJournal of Health EconomicsJournal of Applied EconometricsDemographyJournal of the European Economic Association Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (series A & B), Journal of Human Resources


Abstract: This paper examines the effects of a massive salt iodization program on human capital formation of school-aged children in China. Exploiting province and time variation we find strong positive effects on cognition for girls and no effects for boys. For non-cognitive skills we find the opposite. We show in a simple model of parental investment that gender preferences can explain our findings. Analyses exploiting within province, village level variation in gender attitudes confirm the importance of parental gender preferences. Consequently, large scale programs can have positive (and possibly) unintended effects on gender equality in societies with son preference.

2/03/2020  CANCELLED


Sap Paulo State University

9/03/2020  CANCELLED


23/03/2020  CANCELLED


University of Southern of California

30/03/2020  CANCELLED


University of Southern of California

Title: “Mothers’ and Fathers’ Well-being While Parenting: Does the Gender Composition of Children Matter?“


Authors: Jill E. Yavorsky and Daniela V Negraia *joint authorship


Abstract: This study examines whether and, if so, how the gender composition of their children influences mother’s and father’s well-being during parenting activities. Despite that parents socialize and interact with girls and boys differently and spend different amounts of time with them, little attention has been paid to how gender composition of children may matter for parental well-being. The analyses are based on a nationally representative sample of over 18,000 activities from nearly 9,300 parents from the 2010, 2012, and 2013 Well-being Module and American Time Use Survey. Random intercept models are used to account for the multilevel structure of the data. Mothers and fathers report similar levels of happiness and meaning while parenting across different gender compositions of children, with one exception: mothers of adolescent daughters report lower meaning than mothers of adolescent sons. At the same time, both mothers and fathers report greater negative emotions (like stress or fatigue) while parenting girls than while parenting boys. These patterns can be partly explained by differences in activities that parents do with girls versus boys. Our study, which we contextualize in broader literature on gender stereotypes and gendered socialization and interactional processes, makes several contributions to research on gender, family, and health and identifies a key factor—gender composition of children—that moderates mothers’ and fathers’ emotional well-being while parenting.


Bio: Currently, Daniela is a Research Scientist/Post-doc at the Max Planck Institute of Demographic Research (Germany). She has obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of South Carolina (USA) in 2018.Daniela’s research focuses on family processes, social inequality and population health. She has published work on gender inequalities in parents’ time with children; maternal well-being for student mothers; maternal sexual orientation and happiness about births; and maternal education and children’s developmental skills. Her current work explores issues at the intersection of parenting, gender, social class and well-being across family and societal contexts. In new projects she aims to understand how the digitalization of life is affecting people’s wellbeing and time use.




University of Califonia, Berkeley  



University of California-Irvine 



Università di Bologna 



University of Macedonia 



University of British Columbia 



University of East Anglia 

Bio: Raya Muttarak  holds an MSc and DPhil in sociology from the University of Oxford. ​She is Director of Population, Environment and Sustainable Development at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital based in Vienna, Austria. She is also a research scholar at the World Population Program at IIASA and an associate professor in Geography and International Development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK. Her recent research projects include: 1) the role of education in climate actions and sustainable development; 2) differential impacts of climate variability on migration, conflict and health; 3) forecasting future societies’ adaptive capacity; and 4) personal experience of climate change and voting behaviours. Furthermore, she is also actively engaged in empirical studies on a variety of topics ranging from health and health behaviours, immigrants' integration, fertility behaviour to impacts of China's One Belt, One Road strategies on population dynamics.



University of Chicago



University of Wisconsin 



Universidad de los Andes 

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