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Kieron Barclay

Department of Social Policy


London School of Economics
London, UK
k.j.barclay@lse.ac.uk

Department of Sociology
Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden
kieron.barclay@sociology.su.se

Max Planck Institute


for Demographic Research
Rostock, Germany
barclay@demogr.mpg.de

Education
Ph.D.

Stockholm University (2014)


Sociology
Thesis: The Long-term Impact of Birth Order on Health and Educational Attainment
Advisors: Jens Rydgren, Gunnar Andersson
Thesis Opponent: Irma T. Elo (University of Pennsylvania)

M.Sc.

University of Oxford, New College (2010)


Sociology Graduated with Distinction
Thesis: The Sex Ratio Imbalance at Birth in China: Sex-selective Abortion in 1990

Diploma

Tsinghua University (2009)


Chinese Language Studies

B.Sc.

University of Surrey (2008)


Psychology & Sociology First Class Honours
Academic Year Abroad: University of Maryland, College Park (2005 - 2006)

Experience
2015/01
2016/08 2016/12
2015/09
2015/01
2013/09 2014/06
2012/09 2012/10

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Demography


London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Social Policy
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Pennsylvania, Population Studies Center
Research Fellow
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
Research Fellow
Stockholm University, Department of Sociology
Visiting Scholar
Columbia University, Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics
Visiting Scholar
Lund University, Centre for Economic Demography

Publications
Peer-reviewed Articles
15. Goisis, A., Remes, H., Barclay, K. J., Martikainen, P. and Myrskyl, M. Advanced Maternal Age Is Not
An Independent Risk Factor for Low Birth Weight and Preterm Delivery: A Within-family Analysis
Using Finnish Population Registers. Conditionally Accepted at American Journal of Epidemiology.
14. Barclay, K. J. and Kolk, M. The Long-term Cognitive and Socioeconomic Consequences of Birth Intervals: A Within-family Sibling Comparison using Swedish Register Data. Accepted at Demography.

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13. Baranowska-Rataj, A., Barclay, K. J. and Kolk, M. The Effect of Number of Siblings on Adult Mortality: Evidence from Swedish Registers. Accepted at Population Studies.
12. Barclay, K. J., Myrskyl, M., Tynelius, P., Berglind, D. and Rasmussen, F. (2016) Birth Order and
Hospitalization for Alcohol and Narcotics Use in Sweden. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
11. Barclay, K. J., Keenan, K., Grundy, E., Kolk, M. and Myrskyl, M. (2016). Reproductive History and
Post-reproductive Mortality: A Sibling Comparison Analysis Using Swedish Register Data. Social
Science & Medicine, 155, 82-92.
10. Barclay, K. J. and Myrskyl, M. (2016). Maternal Age and Offspring Health and Health Behaviours
in Late Adolescence in Sweden. SSM Population Health, 2, 68-76.
9. Barclay, K. J. and Myrskyl, M. (2016). Advanced Maternal Age and Offspring Outcomes: Reproductive Aging and Counterbalancing Period Trends. Population and Development Review, 42(1), 69-94.
8. Barclay, K. J. and Kolk, M. (2015). Birth Order and Mortality: A Population-based Cohort Study.
Demography, 52(2), 613-639.
7. Barclay, K. J. (2015). A Within-Family Analysis of Birth Order and Intelligence Using Population
Conscription Data on Swedish Men. Intelligence, 49, 134-143.
6. Barclay, K. J. (2015). Birth Order and Educational Attainment: Evidence from Fully Adopted Sibling
Groups. Intelligence, 48, 109-122.
5. Barclay, K. J. and Myrskyl, M. (2014). Birth Order and Physical Fitness in Early Adulthood: Evidence from Swedish Military Conscription Data. Social Science & Medicine, 123, 141-148.
4. Barclay, K. J. and Scott, K. (2014). Workplace Sex Composition and Ischaemic Heart Disease: A
Longitudinal Analysis using Swedish Register Data. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 42, 525533.
3. Barclay, K. J. (2013). Sex Ratios at Sexual Maturity and Longevity: Evidence from Swedish Register
Data. Demographic Research, 29(31), 837-864.
2. Barclay, K. J., Edling, C. and Rydgren, J. (2013). Peer Clustering of Exercise and Eating Behaviours
among Young Adults in Sweden: A Cross-sectional Study of Egocentric Network Data. BMC Public
Health, 13:784.
1. Barclay, K. J. (2013). Sex Composition of the Workplace and Mortality Risk. Journal of Biosocial Science,
45(6), 807-821.
Notes and Commentary
1. Barclay, K. J. and Myrskyl, M. (2016). Linear Effects of Maternal Age and Period Trends Cannot
Be Distinguished Reply from Barclay and Myrskyl. Population and Development Review, 42(3).
Doctoral Dissertation
Barclay, K. J. (2014). The Long-term Impact of Birth Order on Health and Educational Attainment.
Department of Sociology, Stockholm University.
Working Papers
3. Barclay, K. J., Hllsten, M. and Myrskyl, M. (2016). Birth Order and College Major in Sweden.
MPIDR Working Paper, 2016-008.
2. Barclay, K. J. (2015). The Birth Order Paradox: Sibling Differences in Educational Attainment. Available at SSRN, Abstract: 2583855.
1. Barclay, K. J. and Kolk, M. (2015). Parity and Mortality: Evidence from Biological and Adoptive
Parents. Stockholm Research Reports in Demography, 2015:1.

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Submitted Articles
Barclay, K. J. and Kolk, M. "Parity and Mortality: Evidence from Biological and Adoptive Parents".
Revise and resubmit at Population Studies.
Barclay, K. J., Hllsten, M. and Myrskyl, M. "Birth Order and College Major in Sweden". Under
review.
Grtz, M., Barclay, K. J., Wiborg, , Lyngstad, T. H., Karhula, A., Erola, J., Prg, P., Laidley, T. M.
and Conley, D. "Comparing Sibling Similarity in Education Within and Between Countries". Under
review.

Selected Works in Progress


Barclay, K. J. and Myrskyl, M. "Parental Age and Offspring Mortality: Negative Effects of Reproductive Ageing are Outweighed by Secular Increases in Longevity"
Barclay, K. J. and Myrskyl, M. "Fertility Postponement Could Reduce Child Mortality: Evidence
from 228 Demographic and Health Surveys Covering 77 Developing Countries".
Barclay, K. J. and Spilerman, S. "Family Size and Birth Order Effects on Marital Stability".
Barclay, K. J., Donrovich, R., Hanson, H. and Smith, K. R. "The Widowhood Effect in Polygamous
Marriages: Evidence from the Utah Population Database".

Scholarships and Travel Grants


FORTE (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare): Travel grant to attend
the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) Conference 2013 - SEK14,700
(~US$2,200)
ICPSR - Longitudinal Analysis of Historical Demographic Data (LAHDD) Workshop: Scholarship
to attend the LAHDD Workshop at the ICPSR Summer Program 2013 - US$1,120
Norden - NordForsk: Travel grant for period as visiting researcher at Lund University, Centre for
Economic Demography, Sweden 2012 - SEK24,000 (~US$3,600)
University of Padova, Faculty of Statistical Sciences: Scholarship to attend the Winter School in
Demographic Transition and Development in Rich and Poor Countries at the University of Padova,
Italy 2011 - e600 (~US$800)
Norden - NordForsk: Travel grant to attend Nordic Sociological Association Conference in Oslo,
Norway 2011 - ~US$1,000
Svensk Nationell Datatjnst (Swedish National Data Service): Scholarship to attend ICPSR Summer
Program 2011 - ~US$4,700
Stockholm University: Utbildningsbidrag (Doctoral Student Scholarship) - SEK186,000 (~US$30,000)

Teaching Experience
Stockholm University

Advanced Demographic Methods [Event History Analysis]


Autumn Semester 2014.
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences [Linear and Logistic Regression]
Spring Semester 2012, 2013.

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Presentations
Invited Talks
Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, USA, October 2016
Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, Canada, April 2016
Department of Social Statistics, University of Southampton, UK, November 2015
Stockholm University Demography Unit, Stockholm University, Sweden, October 2015
Centre for Economic Demography, Lund University, Sweden, October 2015
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany, September 2015
Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, March 2014
Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, Sweden, February 2013
Department of Sociology, University of Konstanz, Germany, January 2013

Conference Presentations
Fertility Postponement Could Reduce Child Mortality: Evidence from 228 Demographic and
Health Surveys Covering 77 Developing Countries

3rd ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria, July 2016


Population Association of American Conference, Washington DC, USA, April 2016
The Long-term Cognitive and Socioeconomic Consequences of Birth Intervals: A Within-family
Sibling Comparison using Swedish Register Data

RC28 Meeting, National University of Singapore, Singapore, May 2016


Population Association of American Conference, Washington DC, USA, April 2016 ( poster)
Birth Order, College Major, Specialization, and Labour Market Outcomes in Sweden

RC28 Meeting, National University of Singapore, Singapore, May 2016


British Society for Population Studies Conference, Leeds, UK, September 2015
The Widowhood Effect in Polygamous Marriages: Evidence from Historical Utah

Population Association of American Conference, Washington DC, USA, April 2016


British Society for Population Studies Conference, Leeds, UK, September 2015
Reproductive History and Post-reproductive Mortality: A Sibling Comparison Analysis Using
Swedish Register Data

Population Association of American Conference, Washington DC, USA, April 2016 ( poster)
Sibling Constellation of the Family of Origin and Divorce Risk in Adulthood

Population Association of American Conference, San Diego, USA, May 2015


The Birth Order Paradox: Sibling Differences in Educational Attainment

Population Association of American Conference, San Diego, USA, May 2015

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The Effect of Number of Siblings on Adult Mortality: Evidence from Swedish Registers

Population Association of American Conference, San Diego, USA, May 2015 ( poster)
Sibling Set Order and Educational Attainment: Evidence from Fully Adopted Sibling Groups

European Population Conference, Budapest, Hungary, June 2014


Population Association of American Conference, Boston, USA, May 2014
Parity and Mortality amongst Biological and Adoptive Parents in Contemporary Sweden

Population Association of American Conference, Boston, USA, May 2014 ( poster)


Dizygotic Twinning and Fecundity Is There an Association between a Family History of Twinning and Birth Intervals in Contemporary Sweden?

Population Association of American Conference, Boston, USA, May 2014 ( poster)


Birth Order and Mortality: A Population-based Cohort Study

IUSSP International Population Conference, Busan, South Korea, August 2013 ( poster)
Population Association of American Conference, New Orleans, USA, April 2013 ( poster)
Do Biased Sex Ratios Affect Violent Crime? A Longitudinal Analysis using Swedish Register
Data

International Network of Analytical Sociologists Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2013


Workplace Sex Composition and Sickness Absenteeism

Nordic Sociological Association Conference, University of Iceland, Iceland, August 2012


Sex Ratios at Sexual Maturity and Longevity: Evidence from Swedish Register Data

European Population Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2012


Sex Composition of the Workplace and Mortality Risk

Population Association of American Conference, San Francisco, USA, May 2012 ( poster)
Nordic Sociological Association Conference, University of Oslo, Norway, August 2011
Conference in Economic Demography, Lund University, Mlle, Sweden, May 2011
Adult Sex Ratios and Sex-selective Abortion in China

Nordic Sociological Association Conference, University of Oslo, Norway, August 2011


Inter-Ivy and Srensen Memorial Sociology Conference, Harvard University, USA, April 2011

Professional Service
Conference and Seminar Organization

Stockholm University: Working Paper Seminar Series for PhD Students. (Spring 2012 Summer 2013) The Sociology Department, the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI),
the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and
Drugs (SoRAD), and the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA). Responsibility: Joint
Chief Organizer.

Kieron Barclay

European Population Conference (EPC) (2012). Official Bi-annual Conference of the European
Association for Population Studies (EAPS). Responsibility: Member of the Local Organizing
Committee.
The 16th Annual Aage Srensen Memorial Conference (2012). Conference Participants: PhD
students from Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of Oxford, and Stockholm University. Responsibility: Joint Chief Organizer.
Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI): Half-time (Halvtidsseminarium) Discussant for Doctoral Thesis of Roujman Shahbazian. November 2015.
Vetenskapsrdet (Swedish Research Council): Witness to Committee Evaluating the Swedish Microdata Online Access (MONA) System. September 2014.
Stockholm University: Environmental Committee, Department of Sociology, January 2012 - June
2013.
Occasional Reviewer (recurring assignments*): American Journal of Sociology*, BMC Public Health,
Demography*, European Journal of Population, European Journal of Public Health, Genus, Global Health
Action, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, International Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Population Research and Policy Review,
Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Scandinavian Journal of
Public Health, Scientific Reports, Social Science & Medicine*, The Lancet Global Health.

Additional Courses and Training


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. Matrix Approaches to Health Demography, with
Professor Hal Caswell [University of Amsterdam] and Professor Neil Mehta [University of Michigan]. January 2016.
Columbia University, Department of Sociology. Courses Audited: Processes of Stratification and
Inequality (Professor Seymour Spilerman, Fall 2013), Quantitative Strategies (Professor Tom DiPrete,
Spring 2014), Seminar in Social Demography (Professor Yao Lu, Spring 2014).
Longitudinal Analysis of Historical Demographic Data (LAHDD) at the ICPSR Summer Program.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. July 2013 - August 2013.
Karolinska Institutet. The Graduate School in Register-based Research [SINGS] associated with the
Swedish Initiative for Research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM). March
2011 - June 2013.
University of Gvle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development. Workshop on Missing
Data, including Applications to Causal Inference, with Professor Donald B. Rubin [Harvard University]. June 2013.
University of Oslo, Department of Sociology & Human Geography. Introduction to Causal Inference, with Professor Felix Elwert [University of Wisconsin-Madison]. May 2012.
University of Padova, Faculty of Statistical Sciences. Winter School in Demographic Transition and
Development in Rich and Poor Countries: Continuity and Change. December 2011.
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). ICPSR Summer Program.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Courses and Lecture Series Attended: Maximum
Likelihood Estimation, Mathematics for Social Scientists II, Data Mining, Introduction to R, and
Multilevel Modeling. June 2011 - July 2011.

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Research Assistantships and Other Experience


Stockholm University. Project: Individual Life Chances in Social Context: A Longitudinal MultiMethods Perspective on Social Constraints and Opportunities. Principal Investigators: Professor Jens
Rydgren, Department of Sociology, Stockholm University & Professor Christofer Edling, Department
of Sociology, Lund University. 2010-2014.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). Report: Continuing Medical Education and Medical Supplies: Opportunities for British Businesses to Invest in Hong Kong. British Consulate-General, Hong
Kong. 2008.
University of Surrey. Project: Interpersonal Relationships in Adolescents and Audio-Visual Technologies: A Comparative Study between Catalonia and England. Principal Investigator: Jo MoranEllis, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey. 2007.

Professional Affiliations
European Association for Population Studies (EAPS)
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)
Population Association of America (PAA)

Research Interests
Family Sociology, Social Demography, Social Epidemiology, Social Networks, Causal Inference, Instrumental Variables, Quantitative Methods