Call for papers:

International Seminar on Early-life Determinants of Late-life Employment, Ill Health and Early Death

Lund, Sweden, 20-21 October 2014

Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Pathways to Health, in collaboration with the Centre for Economic Demography, School of Economics and Management, Lund University


Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2014.


Late-life employment, ill health and early death are determined not only by recent lifestyles and work place conditions, but also by factors earlier in life; possibly dating back to the fetal stage or even to events affecting the parental and grandparental generation. Examples of adverse conditions during sensitive periods early in life that hamper cognitive development, labour market performance and health in later life include maternal health during pregnancy, diet, and disease environment, such as incidence of infections and epidemics in early childhood. Examples of risks that accumulate over the life-course include exposure to pollution, smoking and other unhealthy lifestyles. The pathways from adverse conditions in early childhood to poverty and ill health in working life are either direct, through permanent but latent damage that manifests itself later in life, or indirect, via school achievement or income development, life styles, reproductive behaviour, etc. Some can be mitigated, for example by means of policy interventions, while others cannot. Consequently when analysing health conditions and labour market performance in ages 50 and above, focus should not only be on contemporary conditions and lifestyles, but also on conditions over the life course, beginning in early childhood. 


This seminar will bring together researchers working at the intersection of labour market participation, retirement, and health and will shed light on the life-course processes that influence labour market performance and older-age health.  Priority will be given to contributions based on prospective data suitable for analysing unhealthy ageing in a full life-course perspective. 


Submission procedure

The IUSSP Panel on Pathways to Health invites researchers to submit online by 15 May 2014 a short 200-word abstract and upload an extended abstract (2-4 pages, including tables) or a full paper, which must be unpublished and not already submitted to a journal for publication. 


Online Submissions:


Submission should be made by the author who will attend the seminar. If the paper is co-authored, please include the names of your co-authors in your submission form (in the appropriate order). In addition to dissemination through posting on the member-restricted portion of the IUSSP website, seminar organizers will explore possibilities for publishing the papers in a peer-reviewed journal.


The working language of the seminar will be English. Abstracts and final papers should therefore be submitted and presented in English.


Applicants will be notified whether their submission has been accepted by 15 June 2014. In the case of acceptance on the basis of an abstract, the completed paper must be uploaded on the IUSSP website by 1 October 2014.


The IUSSP is unable to provide any travel support to those invited to present papers at this seminar. Applicants are therefore required to seek their own funding to cover the cost of their participation in the seminar. 


For further information please contact Seminar Organizer Tommy Bengtsson (


IUSSP Scientific Panel on Pathways to Health

Chair: Mikko Myrskylä (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Membership: Tommy Bengtsson (Lund University), Alain Gagnon (Université de Montréal), Ke Shen (Fudan University, Shanghai), Gerard Van Den Berg (University of Mannheim), Ken Smith (University of Utah).