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Prof. Christiaan Monden on "The Relationship Between Education and Health: Can We Solve the Puzzle? Do We Have to?"

June 08, 2016 - 16:15 / 4:15pm
UNICOM Haus 9, 7.3280
Mary-Sommerville-Str. 9
28359 Bremen
Series: Social Sciences Lecture Series
Event type: public

Christiaan Monden, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oxford, gives a talk on "The Relationship Between Education and Health: Can We Solve the Puzzle? Do We Have to?" in the BIGSSS Lecture Series on June 8, 2016.

Christiaan Monden's talk will take place at UNICOM, Room 7.3280, University of Bremen.


The relationship between education and health is well established in empirical studies. If the data don’t show a correlation between education and health, many scholars would probably doubt the accuracy of the data. A myriad of explanations for the relationship has been put forward and countless studies have examined the relationship with a vast range of empirical and theoretical tools. Yet to many, our understanding of the relationship, in particular its underlying causal mechanisms, seems to remain in a rather unsatisfactory state. In this talk, drawing on examples form the US, Europe and Africa, I review (although not necessarily in a systematic way) why we might find ourselves in this situation, what might be ways forward, and to what extent it actually matters for important social policies.

About the BIGSSS Lecture Series:

Each semester the Graduate School invites a mix of established and young scholars to present their work to the students and the faculty of the School as well as to the wider interested public. Taking place every other week, the Lecture Series is the central meeting point for the entire Graduate School and provides an excellent opportunity for engaging in intensive, interdisciplinary, scholarly debate.