Gene-Environment Interplay in the Generation of Health and Education Inequalities


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GEIGHEI examines how Genes and the Environment (GxE) interact to generate inequalities in education and health over the life course. We test two novel hypotheses:

  1. Children born into advantaged environments are better able to reach their genetically conditioned education potential;
  2. A privileged environment protects against genetic susceptibility to risky health behaviour.

Both hypotheses propose a GxE interplay that influences the transition from early childhood to adulthood in periods that are critical to the generation of inequalities.

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General public: Our key intended audience is the general public, and our key message is that behaviour is not deterministically driven by genes (no genetic determinism) nor environments (no environmental determinism).