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Workshop on Social Capital and Health

The IV Social Capital and Health Global Network Workshop on Social Capital and Health is organized by the University of Padova and will take place at Palazzo del Bo, Archivio Antico, Padova, Italy, on 4-5 October 2012. 


During the last few years there has been a considerable increase in the interest and in the number of publications on the relation between social capital and health. The literature consists both of theoretical studies, studies based on micro-data within a single country and comparative cross-country studies at the aggregate and disaggregated levels. Relatively less attention has been devoted on the channels through which social capital influence health.


October 4th 2012

9.00 – 9.30 Welcome and Introduction
9.30 – 10.30 section 1.1

The state of the art of the research on social capital and health
Richard Scheffler
10.45 – 13.00 section 1.2 – Migration, Social Capital and Health

Immigrant self-rated health and health care utilization in Canada: a causal influence of social capital? Caroline Berchet, Florence Jusot, Audrey Laporte
Discussant: Lucia Luzi
Cross-country performance in social integration of older migrants – a European perspective
Caroline Berchet, Nicolas Sirven
Discussant: Cristina Gagliardi
Opportunities for social integration and perceived health among European older people
Cristina Gagliardi, Mirko Di Rosa, Liana Spazzafumo, Fabrizia Lattanzio
Discussant: Tor Iversen
14.30 – 16.00 section 1.3 – Natural Experiments for Social Capital and Health

The social gradient in the impact of the Chernobyl accident: the case of Austria
Martin Halla, Martina Zweimuller
Discussant: Susan Averett
Beyond reduced forms: social capital and smoking.
Lorenzo Rocco, Beatrice d'Hombres
Discussant: Nicolas Sirven
16.30 – 17.15 round table, taking stock of day 1

October 5 2012

9.15 – 10.45 section 2.1 – Social Capital and Maternal Health
Effects of postpartum depression on social interactions
Hope Corman, Kelly Noonan, Nancy E. Reichman
Discussant: Eline Aas

Social capital and utilization of maternal health care in Ghana
Francis Kwaw Andoh
Discussant: Nancy E. Reichman
11.15 – 12.45 section 2.2 – Social Capital and Health by exploiting panel data
Social capital and types of illness
Sherman Folland
Discussant: Laura Argys
Friends with health benefits: does individual level social capital improve health?
Susan Averett, Laura Argys, Jennifer Kohn
Discussant: Sherman Folland
14.00 - 15.30 - section 2.3 – Social Capital and Health Care Utilization
Intergenerational transmission of health care use in France
Damien Bricard, Florance Jusot
Discussant: Francis Kwaw Andoh
Do doctors categorize patients' health behavior according to SES? What effect on social differences in treatments?
Paul Dourgnon, Anissa Afrite
Discussant: Martina Zweimuller


For the first time, a unique opportunity of dissemination is offered to participants. A symposium of the Eastern Economic Journal (http://www.palgrave-journals.com/eej/index.html) will publish the best papers submitted and accepted to the workshop, to be selected by means of a further regular procedure of peer reviewing. Authors should clearly state in their initial submission whether they wish to be considered for the symposium.

Workshop Scientific committee

Susan Averett (Lafayette College, USA)

Timothy Brown (University of California at Berkeley, USA)

Paul Dourgnon (IRDES, France)

Sherman Folland (Oakland University, USA)

Tor Iversen (University of Oslo, Norway)

Florence Jusot (Université Paris-Dauphine, France)

Audrey Laporte (University of Toronto, Canada)

Lorenzo Rocco (University of Padova, Italy)

Lucas Ronconi (CIPPEC, Argentina)

Franco Sassi (OECD)

Richard M. Scheffler (University of California at Berkeley, USA)

Nicolas Sirven (IRDES, France)


University of Padova, Department of Economics "Marco Fanno"


Workshop on Social Capital and Health

The IV Social Capital and Health Global Network Workshop on Social Capital and Health will take place at the University of Padova, Italy, on 4-5 October 2012. The workshop is open for all these types of contributions, and in particular for contributions that focus on an economic approach and...

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