An important side-effect of vaccines: boosting mental health along with immunity

Sometimes it seems that it has become dangerous to post something about vaccines, but this study is about an important side-effect: Receiving at least one vaccine dose was associated with statistically significant declines in multiple psychological distress factors. From the press release: Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 measurably improved the psychological well-being of participants in the… Read More An important side-effect of vaccines: boosting mental health along with immunity

Interesting NBER working paper: how Covid vaccines help fight anxiety

When people think about the side effects of vaccines, they probably think about fever, pain, being tired,… But a new study looked at other secondary effects of vaccination: what is the effect of vaccination on anxiety and depression, the other pandemic happening because of the coronavirus: In this paper, we use data from a national… Read More Interesting NBER working paper: how Covid vaccines help fight anxiety

An unexpected consequence? Having fewer children reduced the gender education gap in China

The one-child policy of China – now already a thing of the past – has maybe lead to more women in education, a new study claims. Although the data doesn’t allow to give us real causal proof, the researchers did a lot to exclude other possible explanations. From the press release: A new study uses… Read More An unexpected consequence? Having fewer children reduced the gender education gap in China

ICCS: 2 out of 3 latin American students would support a dictatorship as form of government

Last weekend I was in Chile for the release of our new More Urban Myths book and ResearchED Chile, and for the people who don’t follow the news: while I was there the tensions in Chile became high because of higher ticket prices for public transport, eventually leading to several casualties. I spoke with a… Read More ICCS: 2 out of 3 latin American students would support a dictatorship as form of government

Are we seeing a third wave of inequality in education in relation to technology?

Yesterday I had the pleasure to take part in an expert meeting on technology in education and ethics. I’ve learned a lot from the specialists around the table who all came from a different background. One of the things I put forward is that we now are experiencing a third wave of inequality in education… Read More Are we seeing a third wave of inequality in education in relation to technology?