The NBER's Working Group on Cohort Studies met in Los Angeles on April 14–15. Working Group Director Dora Costa of the University of California, Los Angeles, organized the meeting. These researchers' papers were presented and discussed:
Kent Thornburg, Oregon Health and Science University, "Early Life Origins of Disease"
Gunnar Brandén, Uppsala University (Sweden); Mikael Lindahl, University of Gothenburg (Sweden); and Björn Öckert, Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (Sweden), "The Importance of Nature-Nurture Interactions in Skill Formation: Evidence from a Large Sample of Swedish Adoptees"
Lewina Lee and Avron Spiro, Boston University, "Early Psychosocial Experiences and Trajectories of Cardiometabolic Risk in Later Life: Findings from the VA Normative Aging Study"
Kris Inwood, University of Guelph (Ontario); Les Oxley, University of Waikato (New Zealand); and Evan Roberts, University of Minnesota, "Such a Rash Act: Wartime Experiences and Suicides after the Great War"
Daniel Belsky, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie Moffitt and Jasmin Wertz, Duke University, and Richie Poulton, University of Otago (New Zealand), "Do Polygenic Influences on Educational Attainment Predict Crime? Findings from Two Birth Cohorts"
Daniel Barth, University of Southern California; Nicholas Papageorge, Johns Hopkins University; and Kevin Thom, New York University, "Genetic Ability, Wealth, and Financial Decision-Making"
Weili Ding, Queen's University (Ontario), and Steven Lehrer, Queen's University (Ontario) and NBER, "Are Genetic Markers of Interest for Economic Research?"
Maya Rossin-Slater, University of California, Santa Barbara, and NBER, and Miriam Wüst, Danish National Centre for Social Research, "What is the Added Value of Preschool? Long-Term Impacts and Interactions with a Health Intervention" (NBER Working Paper No. 22700)
Mary McEniry, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Carmen Elisa Flórez, Del Rosario University (Colombia); Renata Pardo, health consultant, Bogotá, Colombia; Rafael Samper-Ternent, University of Texas Medical Branch; and Carlos Cano-Gutierrez, Pontifical Xavierian University (Colombia), "Examining the Multigenerational Effects of Obesity and Stunting in a Latin American Middle Income Country: The Case of Colombia"
Mayvis Rebeira, University of Toronto, "The Effect of Pension Income on Mortality: Evidence from Civil War Confederate Veterans"
Arun Hendi, Duke University; Irma Elo, University of Pennsylvania; and Pekka Martikainen, University of Helsinki, "Birth Cohorts, Synthetic Cohorts, and Educational Differentials in Life Expectancy"
Adriana Lleras-Muney, University of California, Los Angeles, and NBER, and Flavien Moreau, University of California, Los Angeles, "A Unified Law of Mortality: Implications for Economic Analysis"
Audrey Lai and Andrew Noymer, University of California, Irvine, and Tsuio Tai, National Taipei University, "The Geometry of Mortality Change: Convex Hulls for Demographic Analysis"
Vellore Arthi, University of Essex; Brian Beach, College of William and Mary; and Walker Hanlon, University of California, Los Angeles, and NBER, "Estimating the Recession-Mortality Relationship when Migration Matters"
Valentina Duque, University of Michigan; Maria Rosales Rueda, University of California, Irvine; and Fabio Sanchez, University of Los Andes (Colombia), "Integrating Early Life Shocks and Human Capital Investments on Educational Outcomes"
Achyuta Adhvaryu, University of Michigan and NBER, and Snaebjorn Gunnsteinsson, University of Maryland, "Resilience to Early Life Shocks"
Summaries of these papers are at: