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Webinar: Assessing European Social Survey data in the context of COVID-19




This event will now be run as a webinar. Details of how to join will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Event Series:
European Social Survey policy webinar

Atte Oksanen (Tampere University), Markus Kaakinen (University of Helsinki) and Olivier Bargain (Princeton University, Bordeaux University, Institut Universitaire de France and IZA)

Piergiuseppe Fortunat, Senior Economist, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

In the first European Social Survey (ERIC) webinar to showcase policy relevant research using our data, we will be joined by academics who have applied our trust data to the context of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Atte Oksanen (Tampere University) and Markus Kaakinen (University of Helsinki) will introduce research published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance in late April 2020. The paper - Regulation and Trust: 3-Month Follow-up Study on COVID-19 Mortality in 25 European Countries - assessed ESS data measuring social relations and institutional trust. The researchers also analysed data from World Bank and Eurostat, as well as information on national responses to the pandemic.

Olivier Bargain (Bordeaux University) will discuss Bordeaux Economics WP & IZA Discussion paper published in May. The research uses variation in trust in politicians across European regions, as drawn from the ESS questions, to check how political trust affects compliance to lockdown measures. Compliance is proxied using changes in human mobility (drawn from Google mobility reports). Trust and Compliance to Public Health Policies in Times of COVID-19 also assessed COVID-19 mobility reports from Google, policy stringency measures from the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker and political trust from Eurobarometer.

Following the presentations, Piergiuseppe Fortunat of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will reflect on the research presented, and discuss the issues raised from a policy perspective. There will be around 15 minutes for questions from the audience to conclude the webinar. The event will be chaired by ESS ERIC Director Professor Rory Fitzgerald.

Atte Oksanen is professor of social psychology at the Tampere University in Finland and the leader of Emerging Technologies Lab. Oksanen’s recent research focuses especially on social media, technology and social interaction, but he has studied widely issues related to the subjective wellbeing and health typically from cross-national perspectives. Oksanen has led major research projects funded by the Academy of Finland, the Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finnish Work Environment Fund, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation and the Aaltonen Foundation. Oksanen has published 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and he has over 250 publications to his name. Publications include articles in flagship journals such as Criminology, Addiction and Pediatrics and monographs published by Routledge and Springer.

Markus Kaakinen, Dr. Soc. Sci., is Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy at the University of Helsinki. His research focuses on comparative and cross-national social psychology and criminology. His main research themes include juvenile crime and risk behavior, intergroup behavior and hate-motivated aggression, and virtual social networks. Kaakinen has dozens of peer-reviewed publications in international journals in psychology, criminology, social science, and information technology.

Oliver Bargain is Professor of Economics at Bordeaux University, he is the director of the research department 'Behavior, Organizations and Policy Evaluation', member of the Institut Universitaire de France and former member of the Council of Economic Advisors to the French Prime Minister. He was previously at Aix-Marseille University, University College Dublin, IZA Bonn and has graduated from the Paris School of Economics. His research covers topics in public, labor, development & international economics. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality (Springer) and co-editor of the book series Research in Labor Economics (Emerald).

Piergiuseppe Fortunato is currently an economist at the United Nation Conference for Trade and Development where he is responsible for projects on structural transformation, industrial policy and Global Value Chains. Before joining UNCTAD he was at Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations and Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Bologna. His research interests include economic development, political economics, industrial policy and international trade. In these fields he has published in journals like the Journal of Economic Growth, The Economic Journal and the European Economic Review. He is also heavily involved in policy-oriented research; he edited a volume on post-conflict recovery for Bloomsbury Academic, published on policy journals like Global Policy and contributes to several blogs.

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12.00pm - 1.15pmMonday 15th June 2020