The Research Centre for Micro-Social Change (MiSoC): Understanding individual and family behaviours in a new era of uncertainty and change

Lead Research Organisation: University of Essex
Department Name: Inst for Social and Economic Research

Abstract

Changes to our society are being driven by both long-term social and economic trends, and the impacts of recession and austerity. Five social trends drive the new research programme of the Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC): i) new features of the job market that are changing the fortunes of different groups of people; ii) changing family set-up and relationships; iii) reform of and cut-backs in the provision of housing, education, health, and benefits; iv) breaking down of social and political beliefs, and increasing ethnic and religious diversity; v) changes in our values to be more accepting of personal freedom and more tolerant of inequality. Of course, modern societies are always changing, but the next decade poses new challenges. Recession, austerity and the patchy nature of the recovery mean things looks bleak for many. Ties between family, friends and neighbours, weakening as the UK grew richer and as individuals became more mobile, have been put under further stress by hard times.
Our new research programme aims to point to ways in which society can continue to integrate people with diverse backgrounds, preferences and abilities. The research will be led by a team of experts at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, with collaborators across the UK and in other countries, and will be directed jointly by Mike Brewer, Professor of Economics and David Voas, Professor of Population Studies. Our work covers three main areas:
The first area examines how individuals and families are affected by and react to changes in their life circumstances, including shocks to their health, disability, income and living arrangements. Our researchers will pay special attention to the way that new welfare systems, such as changes to benefits, protect households. We will be making a major contribution to important debates on poverty by advancing new ways of measuring poverty, and with new evidence on the dynamics of poverty.
The second investigates how new members of society - children, young people and new migrants -develop and are integrated into it. We will analyse how parents, school, peers and society interact to influence the development of children's mental, social and physical skills, and the long-term consequences of childhood disadvantage. We will also look at how some people get more out of gaining a university degree than others. We will provide new evidence on the integration of ethnic minorities, and how this varies across individuals. We will look at the experience of new migrants, and how characteristics and behaviours are passed between generations in migrant families.
The third area of research investigates how values, attitudes, expectations, tastes or preferences and identity are formed, and how they are linked to our education, employment and family set-up. A better understanding of this will help policy-makers come up with the best policies to help more people live successful, happy lives.
How we research the important issues facing society today is just as important as the research itself, so our integrated programme of methodological work will help researchers to better examine the impact of specific policies, and to advise on new ways to handle the sometimes incomplete information which comes from survey data they are using in their research.
We expect this programme of research to benefit a wide range of organisations involved in policy debates, policy design and practice, in a range of domains, located in the UK and other countries, and provide evidence informing key policy choices, such as the balance between intervening late or early in children's lives, the role of family and wider society in an individual's development, the choice between universal or targeted support or safety nets for the vulnerable, and the relative roles of values, expectations and preferences versus structure in determining how we act.

Planned Impact

The aim of MiSoC's research programme is to examine how society as a collective enterprise can be maintained under new pressures and social changes. As government departments focus their research and analysis on specific, instrumental, pieces of work, MiSoC has an important role in wider debates about policy choices: we will provide new evidence informing key policy choices such as the balance between intervening late or early in children's lives, the relationship between investments made by society and the family in determining the development of individual capabilities, the choice between universal or targeted support, and the relative roles of values, expectations and preferences versus social structure in determining behaviour.
Strand I will benefit users involved in making or analysing policy on economic inequalities, health inequalities, the design of the welfare state, employment and welfare-to-work policy, poverty dynamics, saving for retirement, labour supply and economic performance, and support for disabled people, and private sector and not-for-profit organisations involved in welfare-to-work programmes, training, the provision of social care, and private sector insurance companies.
Strand II will provide evidence on the relative role in the development of children played by parents, siblings and peers, and state institutions, useful to policy-makers and practitioners in the area of education, parenting, children and youth services and the transmission of social advantage. Analysis of integration amongst minorities will inform policy-makers interested in equalities and social cohesion. Evidence on the longitudinal experience of new migrants, and the way behaviours are passed between generations, will benefit those setting policy relating to migration, those debating the causes and consequences of migration, and practitioners working with migrant families.
Strand III, understanding how values, attitudes, tastes, expectations and identity are formed and their role in motivating decisions, will be of use to those devising policy or designing interventions in any of the substantive areas that we examine.
Specifically, our research will be of benefit to the following types of users:
i. Organisations in local, central and the devolved UK governments including: local education departments and health boards; the departments for Work and Pensions, Health, Education, Business, Innovation and Skills, Communities and Local Government, the Home Office, the Cabinet Office (including the Behavioural Insights unit), the GEO; their counterparts in the devolved nations
ii. Government executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies, parliamentary select committees and quangos (e.g. HESA, EHRC, LPC)
iii. Foreign governments, international organisations and DfID (through our evaluation work in developing countries, our comparative work, chiefly within the EU, and where UK research leads to transferable findings)
iv. Independent research foundations (the Nuffield Foundation, the Sutton Trust, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
v. Other organisations which engage in public policy debates, such as think-tanks , other charitable bodies (e.g. Age UK, Gingerbread, Families and Daycare Trust, Runnymede Trust) and political parties
vi. Commercial organisations and third sector organisations involved in providing services relevant to our research, such as those providing pension and insurance products, actuaries, childcare, education, social care services, and employment agencies
vii. The public, as an audience of research findings and through resulting improvements in policy and practice
Our research will also benefit academics, and researchers and analysts outside of academia; we describe how in Academic Beneficiaries.

Organisations

 
Title What your brain can do (control) 
Description This 10-minute video was the control video that respondents randomly assigned into control viewed. Like the treatment video, it was entitled "What your brain can do", featured the same three talking heads; Steffan Kennett and Nick Cooper (Psychology, Essex) and Wandi Briune de Bruin (Psychology, Leeds); had the same visual style, and lasted 10 minutes. Unlike the treatment video, it focused on the specialities of different regions of the brain, with evidence from studies showing the implications of damage to these regions. It contained no study tips, only information about which parts of the brain are being used when undertaking certain activities. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact See impact of What your brain can do (treatment) 
 
Title What your brain can do (treatment) 
Description This 10-minute video presents the following information: People's brains adapt and grow in response to learning opportunities. Example given from a study showing the size of key parts of the brain increased following language training. ? Structure of the brain, neurons, dendrites and synapses. New imaging techniques show that the structure of a neuron is not fixed, and new dendritic spines can grow quickly. ? This teaches us that we should think of the brain as a muscle: It grows with exercise. The more you challenge your brain to learn, retain and retrieve new information, the more dendritic spines you physically grow, the more you revisit the new connections you make, and the longer they will stay. ? Example: Study in which training one area of the brain using a computer game leads to improvements in other cognitive domains, that persisted for over one year. ? Mistakes and challenges are really important for learning. When you are finding something difficult, it is not that you are reaching the limits of your ability, but an opportunity to train your brain to get stronger in that area by creating new neurons or new connections. ? Example: brain activity highest after a mistake, but this is only true for those who believed that ability can grow. If you belief your ability is not fixed, you can learn from your mistakes. ? A poor mark does not mean you have low ability. You can train your brain to grow. ? This means the most effective kind of study is where you challenge yourself, giving four study tips: o Testing. [Expand on this after: Writing notes, using flashcards, completing past papers, or using textbook questions. This is a form of active learning. More passive methods are only good for encoding information in memory the first time] o Spacing. [Study time on a particular topic is better distributed among several sessions. It last longer and more brain connections get formed. Material reviewed several times stays in the memory much longer. Cramming might feel effective but doesn't give the brain the opportunity to store information in long term memory] o Attending lectures and classes. [Especially complemented with note-taking and reading assignments]. o Avoiding bad situations. [Stress and lack of sleep inhibits formation of new brain cells and encoding of new information. Distractions like music or checking one's phone consume part of working memory so prevent encoding of information. Exercise improves blood flow to the brain] 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact This video was presented to half of the students enrolled in the BOOST cohort. Those assigned to the video perform about 1.4 marks out of 100 better than those assigned to a control video, and this rises to 1.8 marks for Home students. Both of these coefficients are significant at the 10% level. They are are 2.4 percentage points more likely to get a first class mark on a given module, and 3.8 percentage points more likely to get at least a 2:1, other things equal. 
 
Description Strand I. Vulnerability, social insurance, and the dynamics of family finances, employment and health Convenor: Mike Brewer; Deputy: Steve Pudney. Researchers: Silvia Avram, Michaela Benzeval, Sonia Bhalotra, Cara Booker, Malcolm Brynin, Mark Bryan, Amy Clair, Thomas Crossley, Ruth Hancock, Stephen Jenkins, Man Yee Kan, Ricky Kanabar, Heather Laurie, Simonetta Longhi, Alita Nandi, Cheti Nicoletti, Alari Paulus, Andrea Salvatori, Bernhard Schmidpeter.
Overall aims: Longer-term trends reshaping the distribution of earnings and job opportunities have combined with the weak economy since 2008 to create a challenging labour market for some. We evaluate the resulting increases in gender, ethnic and socio-economic inequalities, and investigate how the post- austerity welfare state protects households from adverse shocks to earnings, employment, family circumstances and health; one focus is the relationship between income and health. Here, we give an overview of our key contributions and findings.
I.1. New dynamics in the labour market
MiSoC work (by Brynin, Kan, Laurie, Longhi and Nandi) provided new evidence on gender and ethnic gaps in the labour market, including two key reports commissioned by the EHRC which informed the EHRC's new strategy in 2017 on ethnic and gender pay gaps. In ongoing work, Bhalotra structurally estimates an equilibrium model of the labour market in which the elasticity of substitution between male and female labour is allowed to vary depending on the task content of occupations; the findings help explain the narrowing of the gender wage gap at the upper end of the wage distribution and an increase at the low end. MiSoC's work has stressed the role of the family as the context where labour market decisions are taken. Bryan and Longhi studied how couples make choices over working patterns, the role of flexible working patterns, and also how spouses react to a partner's job loss. Brewer and Rabe studied how free childcare affected mothers' and fathers' labour supply behaviour, finding that mothers do work more when their youngest child begins full-time school. MiSoC work on the labour market includes a re-assessment of how well the polarization theory is relevant to the UK, including its link to the task content of jobs and to globalisation (Etheridge, Salvatori, Schmidpeter); investigation into how welfare reforms affect lone parent employment and labour market progression (Brewer); and new methods for measuring workers' experience of labour market volatility (Jenkins). We also re-examined the scarring impact of unemployment (Tumino); assessed the pay-off to interim jobs after a worker has been laid off (Schmidpeter); and looked at pay progression for minimum wage workers in the UK (Avram).
I.2 Dynamics of income and poverty, and inequalities in individual and family living standards
Work by Jenkins has sought to reconcile estimates of top income from household surveys and administrative data. This has given new insights into trends in top income shares in the UK since the 2000s, and led the ONS to implement a new method in their key estimate of UK income inequality. Work by Brewer and (separately) Paulus has investigated the reliability of survey-based measures of income at the bottom of the distribution, and in the presence of tax evasion. Avram and Brewer used the methods developed in Jenkins' work on labour market volatility to examine volatility in different concepts of individual and household income; they find clear evidence that austerity policies have reduced the extent that the UK's welfare system dampens down volatility in household incomes.
MiSoC's work has used decomposition and microsimulation methods to better understand trends in inequality and poverty in individual countries (UK, Greece, Turkey, Mexico) and in comparative pan-EU work (Brewer, Jenkins, Paulus). Related work has assessed prospects for income inequality and fiscal aggregates given broad demographic pressures across the EU. Etheridge investigated the role that house price shocks play in determining consumption inequality. EUROMOD, the EU tax-benefit microsimulation model developed and managed by ISER researchers is now being used to predict the income distribution of the current year, giving policy-makers "real-time" estimates of poverty some 2-3 years before actual micro-data become available. Much of the work in this strand informed Brewer's book, "What do we know and what should we do about inequality?", published in 2019 at the end of the research programme. This brought together the latest evidence on economic inequalities in the UK, as assessed by earnings, disposable incomes, top income shares, and wealth.
I.3 Welfare reforms, insurance and vulnerability
MiSoC researchers have used tax and benefit microsimulation techniques to assess the impact of actual or hypothetical tax reforms, and to assess ex post the contribution of policy changes to changes in inequality of poverty. This includes work on Universal Credit (Brewer), with a number of collaborations with the Resolution Foundation; an assessment of how austerity policies affected the income distribution in the UK and across the EU (Paulus); a paper on how well EU tax and welfare systems protect mothers from divorce or income loss upon childbirth (Popova); and detailed analysis of how the proposals made by the late Tony Atkinson would affect inequality and poverty in the UK. MiSoC researchers also contributed to methodological work on tax and benefit microsimulation or distributional analysis, including how to undertake gender assessments (Avram); how best to identify those with disabilities in household surveys (Hancock and Pudney), and how a lifecycle perspective changes our view of the impact of the tax and benefit system on financial work incentives (Brewer), as well as contributing key chapters to the "Handbook of Income Distribution" and the new "Handbook of Microsimulation". Work on other aspects of welfare reforms in the UK included an assessment of who bore the incidence of cuts to Local Housing Allowance (Brewer); and one of the first detailed analyses of the circumstances of food bank users (Clair). Working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, MiSoC researchers made recommendations for how the tax system should be used in an anti-poverty strategy (Brewer); and on what an anti-poverty social security strategy for individuals with disabilities would look like (Hancock and Pudney). Two projects looked at the impact of aspects of the welfare state and health: Crossley produced estimates of how much Winter Fuel Payments contribute to better health amongst recipients, and Clair looked at the complex links between housing circumstances and health, finding that tenure and building type were statistically significantly associated with levels of C-reactive protein (a marker associated with stress and inflammation).
I.4 Income dynamics and health
Here, MiSoC's health researchers have used various longitudinal analysis methods to assess inequalities in health over the lifecourse. One paper examined whether adverse circumstances early in the life course cumulate as health-harming biographical patterns across the prime working and family caregiving years (Booker); another looked at the links between adiposity and mental health (Benzeval). Related work seeks to understand better socioeconomic inequalities in health, with a view to understanding better inequalities in aging and the long-run impacts of events in working life (Barban, Benzeval). Methodological work focused on the relationship between information provided by biomarkers relative to self-reported health status, and on how best to measure income gradients in children's mental health (Pudney). Co-funded by the RCUK and the British Academy, Bhalotra has analysed the impact of health shocks on earnings in Brazil using longitudinal data and estimating the size of the impact of dengue outbreaks on earnings and inequality. She found the largest impact is on women working in the informal sector. In ongoing research she is investigating the extent to which the opening of primary health care centres mitigates these impacts.

Strand II. New members of society: the formation of capabilities in children and young adults, and social mobility and integration amongst immigrants Convenor: Emilia Del Bono; Deputy: Sonia Bhalotra. Researchers: Cara Booker, Adeline Delavande, Angus Holford, Cheti Nicoletti, Matthias Parey, Birgitta Rabe
Overall aims: This strand investigates how new members of society - children, youth and the newly arrived - are integrated into it, and how their development is affected by parents, specific interventions and society. We examine the relative role in the development of children played by parents, siblings and peers, and state institutions. We study the returns to higher education (HE), providing a better understanding of how HE contributes to social, gender and ethnic inequalities. We explore integration amongst ethnic minorities, and how this evolves over the lifecycle and varies geographically, and we examine the experience of new migrants and how socio-economic characteristics and behaviours are passed between generations. Here, we give an overview of our key contributions and findings.
II.1. Interaction between private and public investments in children.
MiSoC researchers investigated the impact of the UK government's policy of providing free pre-school education on children's outcomes, and found little or no impact of children's development, perhaps because the policy expanded access to the private childcare sector, rather than to the higher quality state-run facilities (Del Bono, Rabe). Further work on the UK includes projects on the 'production' of human capital: Nicoletti and Rabe estimated the impact of additional spending on schools on children's educational outcomes; Del Bono looked at the long-run impacts of attending selective schools; Nicoletti and Del Bono looked at the cognitive and non-cognitive development of children in the UK focusing on parental investments and own investments, respectively. Holford assessed how parents and children interact over teenagers' finances, finding that parents reduce their own financial support when teenagers have paid employment. Ongoing work (Rabe) is assessing how parents respond to unexpected news provided by Ofsted about the quality of their children's school.
II.2 Sibling and peer influences on children's development and outcomes
MiSoC's work has pursued research designs that can give us credible causal impacts of the impact of siblings on test scores (Nicoletti, Rabe) and the impact of peers on other behaviours at school (Holford); other work has assessed how mothers' decision to return to work is affected by peers (Nicoletti). Various MiSoC research has also examined the determinants of wellbeing for teenagers and young adults. One project looked at the impact of smoking, alcohol, consumption of fruit, vegetables and junk food, and sports participation on adolescent happiness and socio-emotional difficulties (Booker). The second project focused on screen-based media, sport participation and wellbeing among the same population, and this led to further longitudinal investigation on the relationship between chatting on social media and wellbeing (Booker). This work, in collaboration with ICLS, provided some of the earliest UK evidence on screen time and social media use, and this has been presented regularly to policy-makers and parliamentarians. Related work has examined the importance of housing (Clair) and income (Knies) for child wellbeing.
II.3 Childhood circumstances, resilience, and adult outcomes
This sub-strand is largely concerned with the long- and very long-run impacts of interventions in childhood or childhood circumstances. Much of the evidence comes from outside the UK, exploiting unique data resources and policy interventions, including interventions to provide clean water (in Mexico), antibiotics (in the US in the early 20th century) and health support to newborns and their mothers (in Sweden in the early 20th century), reforms which dramatically altered the probability that children will survive into adulthood. Research by Bhalotra demonstrates the impacts on survival and then traces the trajectory that children exposed to these reforms follow, finding impacts on their cognitive attainment, education, employment and earnings. Bhalotra was also part of a major international consortium that was investigating how to treat mental health problems amongst pregnant women (in rural Pakistan). In follow-up work, the consortium was able to estimate the causal impact of mental health problems on later outcomes for the mother and the child. Other papers (by Bhalotra) focus on fertility and its link with subsequent outcomes. A third line of work of Bhalotra consisting of four papers investigates implications of son preference in India, studying impacts of world gold prices on dowry, technological innovations in prenatal sex detection technology, a reform equalizing inheritance rights for women, and the role of property rights on land, in each case analysing parental responses. In related work in this strand, MiSoC researcher Holford has used the rich data in the LSYPE to identify the effect of part-time employment by schoolchildren on educational attainment and their labour market outcomes as adults.
II.4. Inequalities in Higher Education outcomes
This sub-strand is concerned with the variation in the economic and non-economic returns to HE, exploring the role of social networks in enhancing employability. MiSoC's work has benefited from Delavande, Del Bono and Holford's work on the BOOST2018 project, a major project whose overarching goal is to understand the role of subjective expectations, preferences, skills and access to information in the processes generating socio-economic inequalities in higher education outcomes in the UK. Our work on expectations (see also Strand III) in this sub-strand has shown how young people's attitudes to university is affected by their beliefs about how well it pays (Delavande). We have explored the link between the business cycle and HE, looking both at how attitudes and expectations about HE change amongst children and young adults (Taylor), and on how the impact of graduating into a recession varies by the characteristics of the graduate (Del Bono with PhD student Morando). We have studied how gender gaps develop through university and during graduates' early labour market experience (Parey). We have used the HESA Destination of Leavers Survey to explore the experience of and the return to unpaid internships (Holford), and the role of unpaid work and personal connections in accessing STEM professions (Holford). Related work has shown how, and explained why, the returns to education seem to be lower for ethnic minorities (Longhi with PhD student Zwysen), and explored the idea of over-qualification, and what impact this has on the demand for HE (Brynin).
II.5 Social mobility and integration amongst immigrants
Immigration and the integration of the foreign-born and their descendants has become an increasingly charged topic in the UK. MiSoC researchers Luthra and Platt bring new evidence to this topic from a variety of angles. The first is to draw attention to diversity among immigrant groups commonly treated as homogeneous by policy makers and academics. Drawing from an original dataset on new Polish and Pakistani immigrants in London collected in 2011/2012, Luthra, Platt and co-authors have generated a new migrant typology linked to migration motivations of free movement Polish migrants during recession (2016). A second paper demonstrated heterogeneity in the characteristics and early labour market and sociocultural outcomes underlying a group considered as uniformly high-skilled and positively selected: student migrants. A second strand examines the causes and consequences of ethnic and racial harassment. MiSoC's Nandi and Luthra showed that this form of disadvantage is distinct from many others, with reports of harassment highest among the more highly educated, among men, and among those who participate more broadly in society. To explain this, Nandi and Luthra frame the risk of reporting ethnic and racial harassment in a novel way, as a characteristic associated with exposure deriving from time spent in public space and having the personal expectations of treatment and social confidence to identify harassment behaviours to survey interviewers and police. Other work shows that UK-born ethnic minorities have higher rates of ethnic and racial harassment, worse mental health, and worse health behaviours, on average, than the foreign-born, despite being economically better off, and that ethnic minorities who experience the lowest levels of residential segregation are also those who suffer the highest probabilities of ethnic and racial harassment.

Strand III: Values, preferences and expectations Convenor: David Voas; Deputy: Adeline Delavande. Researchers: Sule Alan, Sonia Bhalotra, Mark Bryan, Elif Kubilay, Alita Nandi, Cheti Nicoletti.
Overall aims: This strand studies values, preferences, attitudes, expectations or beliefs about future states of affairs, and identity. Values and the associated attributes are not just outcomes of social change but important influences on it: for example, the integration of new members of society (Strand II) and the forms of collective support available (Strand I) are crucially affected by what people want, believe, and think is right. Furthermore, where attitudes moderate the effects of economic incentives, our work will point to areas where policy levers can be most effective. This strand seeks to understand how these determinants of behaviour are formed and modified, and their relative role in motivating decisions across a number of domains (e.g. education, employment and family formation). Here, we give an overview of our key contributions and findings.
III.1 Formation of expectations, preferences and values in childhood
A number of papers followed from MiSoC researcher Alan's role in a series of interventions in primary schools in Istanbul, Turkey (with the interventions, field experiments and surveys funded through other sources). MiSoC funding led to several important papers on how attitudes and non-cognitive skills can be measured, and how they can be influenced. For example, Alan shows that "grit", a non-cognitive skill that has been shown to be highly predictive of achievement, is malleable in the childhood period and can be fostered in the classroom environment, with a classroom intervention leading treated students to score 0.28 standard deviations higher in a standardised math test, and 0.13 standard deviations higher in a standardised Turkish test at follow-up; it also reduces gender gaps. Other papers studied children's level of patience, and how it can be affected by interventions; "social confidence", and how the decline in this as girls age can explain their reluctance to enter positions that demand leadership skills; a final paper showed that children who hold optimistic beliefs that success can come from increased effort (and not just innate ability) also have a reduced sympathy towards those had a chance to be successful but failed.
III.2 Subjective expectations and decision-making under uncertainty
Many decisions are made under uncertainty, and individuals are likely to form subjective beliefs (expectations) about the probabilities of events that are relevant for their decisions. In the expected utility framework, choices depend on both preferences and these expectations; if researchers only observe the final outcomes, then there is a basic identification problem when making inferences about the decision-making process, as many combinations of preferences and expectations can lead to the same observed choice. One possibility to mitigate this identification problem is to ask decision-makers directly about their subjective expectations. MiSoC's Delavande has made important methodological developments on how best to ask about expectations in developing countries, and applied these to a range of substantive issues. For example, we implemented new methods for measuring individuals' expectations about the impact of HIV on survival, own and partners' HIV status and the risk of transmission to study risky sexual behaviour in Malawi. Analysis of the accuracy of these expectations showed that information policies could reduce risky sexual behaviour if focused on mortality risks, but not if focused on transmission risk. As a follow-up of this paper, a randomized controlled trial in which individuals are provided information on mortality risk is currently being rolled out in Malawi. Another important substantive application has been related to educational choice. By collecting data on expectations on the return to a degree from youth in Pakistan, Delavande evaluated the role of future earnings, non-pecuniary outcomes and financial constraints in the choice of a university (between religious seminaries, Islamic universities or liberal universities). They find that future earnings and employment prospects play a small (but statistically significant) role. However, non-pecuniary outcomes, such as the school's ideology, are the major determinants. Delavande also collaborated with Bhalotra to field unique questions on expected returns and expected costs of mother's investments in children in the first few months of life. In work in progress, including MiSoC PhD student Font Gilabert, they find that parental investments in children are conditioned by both expected returns and costs, while there is limited heterogeneity in preferences.
III.3 Understanding changes in values, attitudes and behaviour
The secularisation thesis - the idea that modernisation causes problems for religion - has been a key topic in the study of social change, and MiSoC's Voas has been very active in this field. A major study on religious decline in the United States challenged the long-held view that the United States is a counterexample to the theory that modernisation is associated with secularisation. In a forthcoming paper, Voas points out that while there is still no consensus on why secularisation occurs, we have made substantial progress in understanding the mechanisms of religious decline. Voas' focus on proximate rather than ultimate causes - on how religion loses influence rather than why it does so - has turned out to be an important contribution. Voas has been active in the study of value change more broadly, leading the British part of the European Values Study, and serving as co-investigator on the forthcoming World Values Survey in Great Britain.
MiSoC researcher Bhalotra has a programme of research on the substantive impacts of diversifying political representation, with a focus on women and religious minorities. It is set in India, but, as there is limited causal evidence for OECD countries or other low income countries, it is of wider interest. The common theme running through the programme is that political/legislator identity influences public policy decisions. She finds that women legislators are more likely to provide public health than male legislators, holding constant voter preferences and other legislator characteristics. A second paper shows that quotas for women in Parliament can generate maternal mortality decline at essentially no cost and more rapidly than the WHO's default interventions. And a final paper on women and growth shows that a quasi-experimental "replacing" of a man with a woman in the state legislature leads to higher economic activity at the constituency level. Work in progress shows that increasing the political power of minorities lowers civil conflict, a result that we argue is of huge external interest. A third shows that sex-selective abortion (female foeticide), a growing phenomenon in India, is better controlled by Muslim legislators, consistent with Muslims having a stronger religious abhorrence of abortion. The fourth is based on a lab-in-field experiment that examines leadership identity in a coordination game. Coordination is a vital component of social capital and an effective functioning society. Leaders help to improve coordination but are often constrained in heterogeneous groups by citizen preferences for leaders from their own social group. We investigate the effectiveness of different policies in improving the coordination of leaders of different identities (and with different histories of civil conflict).

Cross-Strand work: Advancing Statistical Methods Convenor: Paul Clarke. Researchers: Yanchun Bao, Sonia Bhalotra, Mike Brewer, Mark Bryan, Thomas Crossley, Stephen Jenkins
Overall aims: Underpinning MiSoC's substantive strands is an integrated programme of novel methodological work that aims to provide the most robust evidence possible. Here, we give an overview of our key contributions and findings, noting that this work is in addition to the methodological advances made in the course of MiSoC's substantive work, including issues to do with measurement (including that of: top incomes, disability status, non-cognitive skills, and subjective expectations), and statistical methods (including in assessing the value-add effects of schools, estimating peer effects, and in dealing with data on individuals' subjective expectations), discussed elsewhere.

MiSoC researchers Clarke and Bao have made a number of contributions to the analysis of panel data. They have produced a detailed comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of four different techniques from the social science (multilevel simultaneous equations models), economics (dynamic panel models) and biostatistics (marginal structural and structural mean models) literature. The last of these, structural mean models, are more robust to statistical assumptions than existing approaches but had not been developed for panel data or the initial conditions problem. We used these models to look at the causal effect of changes in employment status on mental health, taking account of reverse causation and confounding (observed and unobserved). Their focus on employment status changes involved the development of new theory but they showed that, while these models work well, robustness comes at the price of needing instrumental variables to handle unobserved confounding, but this can be done using the generalised method of moments. Finally, they set out the use of instrumental variables for the decomposition of causal effects into direct and indirect effects through mediated pathways: results regarding the identification, interpretation and estimation of these models were set out. Clarke was also involved with developing novel longitudinal methodology in collaborations with researchers outside of MiSoC. First, for two-level multilevel modelling of panel data on individuals within households when people move house; this developed into a general procedure for modelling time-varying associations between actors in social networks. Second, for longitudinal data where outcomes are measured less frequently than the predictor variables, by establishing the implicit measurement-model assumptions made by existing methods and relaxing these using multilevel models with 'random coefficients'.

MiSoC's Brewer and Crossley add to the debate about how to conduct inference properly in difference-in-difference designs with grouped data by arguing that a more important problem is a low power to detect real effects. But they show that feasible GLS estimation combined with robust inference can increase power considerably whilst maintaining correct test size, even with few groups. In an application of this, they also show that many of the pre-2012 studies of the employment effects of the UK's national minimum wage had insufficient power to rule out large employment responses.

The occurrence of twin births is widely regarded as occurring randomly across women and, under this premise, economists have used it to identify causal effects of fertility on parental investments in children and on women's labour supply. Using data from 72 developed and developing countries, we demonstrate that twin births are not random (Bhalotra). We show that - in contrast to the conclusions of recent high profile research- there are trade-offs between fertility and child quality, and so similarly there will be a trade-off between fertility and women's labour supply.

We provide four examples of scientific excellence from the 2014-19 programme

Childhood investments and maternal mental health. There is a vast literature on inter-generational mobility, most of which is descriptive, indicating the extent to which children's life chances are determined by their parentage. Research in MiSoC has leveraged recent developments in understanding the production of human and health capital to conduct more causal analysis that is more clearly informative of what policy interventions can do to improve children's life chances. Working with an international and multi-disciplinary team of researchers, in a series of papers published in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020, Bhalotra has produced new evidence of causal impacts of maternal depression in the prenatal period on future outcomes of parents and children. In Baranov et al. (2020, AER), they show that treating maternal depression leads to an increase in women's control over household income and to an increase in the time and monetary investments that children receive. They find some evidence of an increase in parenting skills but no discernible impact on the cognitive and social skills of children. These studies use longitudinal cohort data- primary data gathered by the authors in rural Pakistan to follow up on what is now the largest randomized control trial of a cognitive behavioural therapy intervention. This study attracted substantial co-funding of about 4 million USD from the American National Institute of Health. This complements research using longitudinal life course data from Sweden to identify the long-run economic and health impacts of infant health programmes (Bhalotra et al. 2017, JEEA). This work led to Bhalotra being invited to give a keynote lecture at a National Policy conference in Sweden on Child Health, which is now on video on the Rikshandboken website, a National Board of Health and Welfare site providing guidance to practitioners.
Immigration and ethnic inequality. Immigration and the integration of the foreign born and their descendants has become an increasingly charged topic across western democracies in the past decade, yet policy-makers and the public have only recently become aware of increasing socioeconomic diversity among both foreign born and native born "minorities" and the consequences of these for integration and intergenerational mobility. Research by MiSoC's Renee Luthra and her co-authors has brought attention to this diversity. Combining specialised metropolitan level datasets on the descendants of immigrants in New York and Los Angeles, Luthra, Soehl and Waldinger's (2018) book develops a new international framework for understanding diversity among the children of immigrants in the US, demonstrating how heterogeneity in values in the country of origin, together with characteristics of the co-ethnic community in the destination city, combine to influence educational, labour market, social and political outcomes. Positive reviews of the book by four eminent scholars are featured in a dedicated symposium in Ethnic and Racial Studies, with applications of the framework appearing and forthcoming in leading journals (for instance Soehl et al. 2019).
Measurement and analysis of decision-making under uncertainty. Eliciting individuals' own subjective expectations (or beliefs) from survey respondents is critical to analysing decision-making under uncertainty in domains such as human capital investments, labour supply, household formation and health behaviours. MiSoC's Adeline Delavande has been instrumental in pushing forward the agenda of asking decision-makers directly about their subjective expectations, and, with collaborators, has pioneered the elicitation of subjective expectations in developing countries. Within the MiSoC programme, we have continued this line of research, with methodological developments on how best to ask about expectations in developing countries and with important applications (Delavande and Kohler 2016; Delavande et al., 2017). One example relates to higher education policy in South Asia. Delavande and Zafar (2019) investigate the determinants of students' university choice in Pakistan, where higher education institutions range from expensive Western-style elite (private) universities to free religious institutions (Madrassas), with public universities somewhere in the middle. This setting is relevant beyond Pakistan because of the similarity of Pakistan's education system to the rest of South Asia, home to nearly a quarter of the world's population. Delavande and Zafar (2019) find that expectations about labour market prospects play a small role in the choice of a university. Instead, nonpecuniary outcomes, such as the school's ideology, are the major determinants. Financial constraints are also very important. Results from policy simulations suggest that relaxing financial constraints by providing students with either loans or free schooling would increase students' welfare substantially. Beyond the substantive application, Delavande and Zafar (2019) innovates from a methodological point of view by modelling how some of the subjective expectations depend on the same structural parameters as the ones relevant to university choice using a generalized method of moments procedure.
The secularisation thesis. The idea that modernisation causes problems for religion - has been a key topic in the study of social change, and is relevant to Strands II and III.3. A major study by Voas on religious decline in the United States was published in the American Journal of Sociology (one of the top two sociology journals), and subsequently received the 'Distinguished Article Award' from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the leading learned society in this field. The article challenges the long-held view that the United States is a counterexample to the theory that modernisation is associated with secularisation. There has been a steady decline in the proportion of Americans who say that they have a religion, attend church regularly and believe in God. More significantly, these changes result from generational replacement, which is the main driver of secularisation elsewhere in the world. A commentary on this article by other scholars was widely discussed, with US Vice President Mike Pence joining in the public debate. Voas and co-author wrote a reply published at the end of 2018. In a forthcoming paper, Voas points out that while there is still no consensus on why secularisation occurs, we have made substantial progress in understanding the mechanisms of religious decline. Voas's focus on proximate rather than ultimate causes - on how religion loses influence rather than why it does so - has turned out to be an important contribution.
Exploitation Route Too early to say (the award is still active)
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/misoc
 
Description MiSoC 's new research programme, Understanding individual and family behaviours in a new era of uncertainty and change, aims to point to ways in which our society can navigate the post-war transition from solidarity built on a sense of common purpose to the integration of people with diverse backgrounds, preferences and abilities in an era of new pressures. Our objectives are to: 1. Advance the state of knowledge on: i. how the welfare state, broadly conceptualised and recently reformed, protects households from shocks to earnings, employment, family circumstances and health, ii. whether recent economic changes have led to more volatile circumstances or heightened consequences of adverse shocks to health or earnings iii. the role that income can play in reducing health inequalities. iv. the role that health inequalities in early life play in creating income inequalities iv. the role in the development of children played by parents, siblings and peers, and state institutions. v. how HE contributes to social, gender and ethnic inequalities. vi. integration amongst ethnic minorities, and how this evolves over the lifecycle and varies geographically, how socio-economic characteristics and behaviours are passed between generations, and the experience of new migrants vii. how values, attitudes, expectations, tastes and identity are formed and modified viii. how decisions are made under uncertainty ix. the relative role of values, attitudes, expectations, tastes and identity in motivating decisions across domains such as education, employment and family formation 2. Make a substantial contribution to the development of effective policy in the UK and elsewhere, by engaging effectively with multiple policy communities to maximise the impact of the research, and by providing a channel of communication and influence from academia to users through direct knowledge exchange, collaborative studentships, partnerships, providing evidence to enquiries, membership of advisory bodies, and events. As outlined in Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact, these users will include those interested in policy choices, policy design and practice in the areas of employment and welfare reform, design of social safety nets, health care, support for disabled people, pension provision, childcare, education, immigration and social cohesion and will be in central government departments, the devolved governments, and local government bodies, other public sector organisation, third sector organisations, political parties, and areas of the private sector providing services in these areas. 3. Develop and promote new methods for statistical analysis, for researchers in academia and elsewhere, focusing on methods for robust causal analysis using longitudinal data, including dealing with time-varying confounding factors, dealing with missing data, and using ex-post control groups to evaluate targeted interventions. This will improve the robustness of research findings, by helping ensure credible inferences and conclusions that do not rely on strong assumptions but that reflect the limitations of both survey and administrative sources of data. It will expand the possibilities open to applied researchers. 4. Build research capacity by providing high-quality training, linked to a world class research programme. MiSoC will contribute to training at the MSc, PhD and post-doc levels, working with DTCs and NCRM as appropriate, and will engage in collaborative training initiatives with non-academic bodies. MiSoC will establish and run two new international networks, on formation of preferences and values; and on methodological innovation in the analysis of social interventions, and offer (unpaid) fellowships for individuals outside academia doing empirical research within the MiSoC programme. 5. Contribute to the development of research infrastructure by providing input from the perspective of applied social and economic research into the development of survey design and measurement, experimentation and software resources. The Centre produced many hundreds of outputs, and generated findings in many areas that are too numerous to document here. Here, we give the key highlights of the how the Centre's findings have had an impact outside academia, and of some of the key elements of knowledge exchange that the centre has engaged in, as of spring 2018. I.1 New dynamics in the labour market Inequalities in employment (Brynin) The research was undertaken for two organisations, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The aims of both organisations include influencing policy through providing information and policy recommendations. MiSoC's Brynin, Longhi and Nandi have provided extensive reports on ethnicity (JRF) and all three dimensions (EHRC), and contributed to several policy-focussed workshops involving representatives from government departments and voluntary organisations who work with or for specific groups. The team have contributed to the Women & Equalities Select Committee Inquiry on Race Disparity Audit (January 2018)and met with BIS/BEIS officials working on Baroness McGregor Smith's enquiry into ethnic inequality in employment (2016). The JRF were particularly interested in (2) in relation to ethnic minorities because this is an area where effective impact is possible. What policies can be developed to encourage or enable ethnic minorities to enter higher paid occupations or occupations where wage inequality is least? The research for JRF was based on precise definitions of wage gaps and low pay to show the proportion of ethnic minorities (combined) falling into specific occupations characterised on either dimension. The report listed those occupations where inequality or low pay was highest for minorities and where minority employment is most concentrated, and those where neither low pay nor inequality are a problem but where minority employment is very limited. The EHRC were particularly interested in the researchers' ability to use the LFS for detailed analysis of wage gaps and the factors giving rise to these. The research consisted of separate analyses of ethnicity (looking at nine minority groups), gender and disability. The last two of these also differentiated by ethnicity while the ethnicity report also looked at gender differences within ethnic minorities. The main aim was to understand how far wage gaps vary across different dimensions (for instance amongst graduates, or part-time workers, or people living in different regions) and to undertake analysis of the factors which contribute to the gaps. The JRF report has been widely disseminated through JRF's own activities. The key finding that occupational segregation is a significant problem for some minorities has informed JRF's policy work and recommendations since the publication of the report. The report for the EHRC was published in autumn 2017 and was one of the pieces of research behind a major change in its policy priorities. The team have contributed to a large number of workshops under the aegis of JRF and EHRC with voluntary organisations representing ethnic-minority interests, designed to link research outcomes with praxis. They also contributed to a House of Commons Select Committee investigation in 2016 into Muslim employment. I.2 Dynamics of income and poverty, and inequalities in individual and family living standards Income inequality (Brewer, Jenkins) Income inequality is increasingly a subject of public discussion and analysis. Productive debate about what is happening to inequality requires reliable estimates. Yet the two main sources of information - household survey and personal tax return data - provide very different estimates of inequality trends. The UK's main official income inequality statistics, published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are based on Family Resources Survey data. They are the basis of the recent statement by a Deputy Governor of the Bank of England that income inequality is 'broadly unchanged' over the past quarter century (Broadbent 2016: 2). Many others have drawn the same conclusions, referring to the same source. And yet we also know that the share of total income held by the very richest groups in the UK has increased dramatically over the same period - but the main data source is administrative record data from personal income tax returns held by HMRC. One of the reasons that survey- and tax-based data provide different conclusions is because the statistics derived from them use different definitions of 'income', the income-sharing unit, and the unit of analysis. Apples are being compared with bananas not apples. But a more fundamental reason for the different conclusions is that household surveys are increasingly bad at capturing the income of the very richest people. By contrast, the forte of tax data is that their very much better coverage of exactly this group (and worse coverage of the bottom half of the distribution.) On the basis of MiSoC research by Stephen Jenkins, we draw conclusions about how official income distribution statistics in the UK and elsewhere could be improved. The research has been discussed with relevant personnel at each of DWP, ONS, HMRC, and OECD. There is a particularly close relationship with the HBAI team at DWP, with whom our work on e.g. the "SPI adjustment" has been discussed in detail. The material has been given in condensed form at a lecture at OECD (Feb 2016) outlining our approaches to data combination, and pointing out problems with the approach to top income under-coverage that they were developing (which is represented by Ruiz, N. and Woloszko, N. (2015). What do household surveys suggest about the top 1% incomes and inequality in OECD countries? Economics Department Working Paper no. 1265. Paris: OECD.)" EUROMOD and nowcasting the income distribution (Brewer and Sutherland) EUROMOD, the EU-tax-benefit microsimulation model developed and managed by MiSoC's Sutherland and a team of MiSoC researchers, is now being used to predict the income distribution of the current year, giving policy-makers "real-time" estimates of poverty some 2-3 years before actual micro-data become available. "Nowcasting" is the estimation of current "at risk of poverty" statistics (and the income distribution generally) to overcome the time lag in the production of EU-SILC statistics (for example, in April 2015 the latest indicators about the income distribution are for incomes in 2012 incomes). The motivation of the European Commission is to put social and distributional issues on an equal footing with macro-economic criteria when assessing the economic situation, and so the aim of the nowcasting exercise is to predict what the EU-SILC will show for the current year using a method that can be applied quickly, and updated easily, for EU-28. Using EUROMOD for nowcasting is an important component of the Joint Action Plan between DG-EMPL and Eurostat to improve the timelines of key social indicators, and has influenced Eurostat's plans for future content and design of the EU-SILC data (on which EUROMOD is based). DG-EMPL has confirmed that "the on-going EUROMOD work on nowcasting provides valuable and timely information on the most probable recent trends in the distribution of incomes and particularly in the share of population at risk of poverty". Eurostat published a new set of experimental statistics in October 2017 (https://www.euromod.ac.uk/2017/10/06/collaboration-between-university-essex-and-eurostat-publishes-new-poverty-statistics). An administrative agreement between the University and Eurostat is in the process of being agreed, such that the two institutions will be identified as joint producers of these statistics. There is a Eurostat Task Force on "Flash Estimates" of which Katrin Gasior is a member (external expert). Olga Rastrigina (ex of ISER now OECD) is also a member. Holly Sutherland had been a member and external expert of the Eurostat Task Force on the revision of the EU-SILC legal basis (i.e. content) for many years. This has laid the basis for Eurostat's taking up of our approach to "Flash Estimates" and the plan to adapt the EU-SILC data to better suit it for the purpose and for EUROMOD. I.3 Welfare reforms, insurance and vulnerability Informing the design of Universal Credit (Brewer) MiSoC's Brewer has been influencing and leading debates about the design of Universal Credit since 2011. In 2012, in work with IFS, Brewer and de Agostini provided the first quantitative assessment of how households would win or lose under the proposed Universal Credit reform, and how it would affect measures of work incentives. This work, updated by MiSoC researchers alone in projects commissioned by the Low Pay Commission and Gingerbread, led Brewer to be invited to work with the Resolution Foundation on a project analysing how Universal Credit could be reformed so it could better meet its objectives. The final report, published by the Resolution Foundation in Spring 2015, has been cited widely; some of its recommendations were echoed by the Social Security Advisory Committee later in 2015. Brewer worked again with the Resolution Foundation, co-authoring a report published by them in October 2017. This work was part of Brewer's application for an ESRC Outstanding Impact Award in 2017, in the Public Policy category, where he was a successful finalist. EUROMOD and understanding the effects of austerity in the EU (Brewer and Sutherland) MiSoC has a long record of supporting microsimulation techniques (Brewer, Hancock, Pudney, Sutherland). The all-EU 27 country version of EUROMOD was launched in 2012. This unique multi-country tax-benefit microsimulation model is available for academic and not-for-profit research by anyone with permission to access the EU-SILC micro-data. Built and maintained by MiSoC researchers (who also use it to inform their own research) and with inputs from an EU-wide network of national teams of experts, it represents the state of the art in this type of comparative, policy-relevant research. We have been encouraging as wide as possible use of the model by running training courses, a research workshop for model users and disseminating our existing work as exemplar analysis. In countries without their own national tax-benefit models, national teams are being supported to promote the use of EUROMOD as part of evidence-based policy-making at the official level, by informing policy-relevant independent and academic analysis. The European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (DG-EMPL) makes extensive use of EUROMOD in policy formation and has stated that EUROMOD "provides comparative information of the highest available statistical standard in the EU, which is only scarcely available from other sources. This makes EUROMOD a particularly useful tool for analysis and policy formulation at the EU level". DG-EMPL has confirmed that "EUROMOD outputs regularly feed into the analytical reports published by the European Commission, such as the EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review or the annual flagship Employment and Social Developments in Europe Review These reports provide analytical underpinning for the policy formulation by the European Commission in the employment and social fields". Analysis using EUROMOD provided an important part of the evidence base for a 2014 IMF report on Fiscal policy and Income Inequality http://www.imf.org/external/np/pp/eng/2014/012314.pdf. There were also many uses of EUROMOD (including some original analysis as well as citations) in OECD (2015) "In It Together. Why Less Inequality Benefits All" http://www.oecd.org/social/in-it-together-why-less-inequality-benefits-all-9789264235120-en.htm. The OECD also used EUROMOD in its recent (2017) work on Basic Income https://www.oecd.org/els/emp/Basic-Income-Policy-Option-2017.pdf. Analysis using EUROMOD is increasingly used by European Commission services, appearing regularly in both DG-EMPL's annual publication Employment and Social Developments in Europe and the DG-TAXUD/DG-ECFIN annual report Tax Reforms in EU Member States. The European Semester provides a framework for the coordination of economic policies between the countries of the European Union. The use of EUROMOD within this is probably the most important/influential use of EUROMOD by an international organisation. The European Commission publishes a series of country reports for each Member State each year, analysing their economic and social policies. It then provides EU governments with country-specific recommendations for the next 12-18 months. In 2017, EUROMOD was used to assess the impact of policies in 10 different countries (Denmark, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden) in the 2017 European Semester country reports. https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/2017-european-semester-country-reports_en. EUROMOD has also been used for policy work in Belgium, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Lithuania, Austria, the UK, South Africa, Namibia, Russia, Serbia, Macedonia, and Equador (the EUROMOD model provides a tax and benefit language and architecture that makes it relatively easy for researchers to construct models for other countries).I.4 Income dynamics and health Disability benefits and social care for older people (Hancock and Pudney) The relevant research concerns the extent to which in England disability benefits (DBs) for older people (mainly Attendance Allowance (AA)), and subsidised social care (SC) for older people, are each received by those in most financial and disability-related need. Suggestions have been made for integrating the two systems in part on the assumption that DBs are less well targeted than SC. MiSoC's research (undertaken by Stephen Pudney and Ruth Hancock) since 2014 then has been enhanced in three ways: analysis of targeting of SC in addition to DBs; the use of novel measures to compare poverty levels for disabled and non-disabled older people taking account of our own new estimates of the personal costs that older disabled people face as a result of their disabilities; an analysis of the overlap in receipt of the two forms of state support. The research has shown that each system targets public support on those with high disability and financial needs, but the overlap between receipt of each source of support is relatively small and considerable numbers of older people with high need receive support from neither source. Combining the two sources into a single system therefore risks increasing the numbers who fall through the (single) net. In December 2015, in the latest proposal for more integration of the DB and ScSsystems, the Government announced it was considering giving more responsibility to Local Authorities, to support older people with care needs - including people who, currently, would be supported through AA. The MiSoC research was used in a report by the Strategic Society Centre, launched at a seminar at the House of Lords in June 2016. The report urged caution over the government's proposal. The event was chaired by Lord Lipsey who said afterwards "This was an occasion on which the presentation of research on a much-neglected subject was hugely influential. The evidence presented which suggested that, contrary to my assumptions, attendance allowance was quite progressive changed my perspective on the issue." Neil Coyle MP who was present at the event tabled 7 related written Parliamentary Questions over the period 11th- 14th July (HoC references 42359, 42490, 42360, 42364, 42361, 42362, 42363). In July 2016, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched a consultation on the Government's plans to allow local government to retain 100% of the business rates that they raise locally. It sought views on a range of functions and responsibilities that could be funded locally from retained business rates. This included AA. In August 2016, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published a report that MiSoC's Pudney and Hancock wrote for their anti-poverty strategy (https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/disability-and-poverty-later-life). Twelve responses to the business rates consultation quoted this report and/or the SSC report which drew on the contents of our previous research and draft versions of our report for JRF. The organisations which quoted our work in their responses include Age UK, Carers UK, the Associated Retirement Community Operators, the King's Fund, Independent Age, the National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers and smaller specialist organisations such as the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Both our JRF report and the SSC report were quoted extensively in a House of Commons Library publication (http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7729/CBP-7729.pdf, January 2016)) on the background to the consultation and to its final conclusion. The business rates consultation closed on 26 September 2016. In January 2017 the Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid announced that devolution of Attendance Allowance would not be going ahead (https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/supporting-local-government). More recently, Hancock and Pudney have submitted written evidence to a current Health/Housing, Communities and Local Government Inquiry into Social Care, drawing on their latest research on the disability benefits and social care for older people, which is forthcoming in Fiscal Studies. II.1. Interaction between private and public investments in children: UK evidence ( The impact of free early years education and care (Brewer, Del Bono, Rabe) The UK government spends several billions of pounds a year on free childcare to ensure that some 2 year olds, and all 3 and 4 year olds in England have access to childcare and early education for 15 hours a week, 38 weeks a year. There is ongoing debate in all UK nations about whether (and by how much) to increase families' entitlement, yet there is surprisingly little evidence on the causal impact of this specific (and very high cost) intervention. In autumn 2014, MiSoC's Brewer, Rabe and Del Bono published results from the most comprehensive attempt to date using UK data to analyse the effects of free childcare provision on maternal employment patterns and childhood outcomes. The researchers exploited exogenous variation in the availability of free childcare for pre-school children in England across time and geographical areas, and between children born at different points in the year. This work involves many partnerships, with the work on the impact on children being joint with a research team led by the University of Surrey, and the work on the impact on maternal employment being joint with a research team from IFS. The MiSoC team partnered with the Family and Daycare Trust and the ippr, who both organised workshops where we discussed our findings with practitioners and policy-makers from local and central government. They presented findings and discussed the implications at an event in July 2014 hosted by the Nuffield Foundation, and gave oral and written evidence and advice to the House of Lords Committee on affordable childcare, who cited the work in their final report. The findings of the project were presented to a cross-Government group, including HMT, HMRC, DWP and DfE (including the Child Poverty Unit) as well as to HMT, the Welsh Government, the Government Equality office, the Social Market Foundation and on various occasions to DfE. The minister for Childcare and Education, Sam Gyimah, was briefed on the research and it helped him in thinking through the Government's position before giving evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Affordable Childcare. The researchers also submitted written evidence to the Treasury Select Committee on Childcare policy and its influence on the economy and were cited in the Committee's report. Their finding that free childcare had little impact on children's development and maternal labour supply because the offer displaced existing childcare use was used by officials and ministers at DfE to explicitly think through the planned expansion of the early years entitlement to 30 hours for working families. The objectives of educational attainment, affordability and maternal employment were separated out and the focus of the planned expansion put on affordability. The team's expertise in childcare and evaluation of childcare policy has fed into the work of DfE. For example, Brewer worked with Ipsos Mori on the annual DfE report on parents use of childcare and on a project for HMRC and DfE (with Frontier Economics) on how to best evaluate the tax-free childcare and the extension of free childcare to 30 hours. Rabe is working on a response to a DfE consultation on surveys on childcare and early years in England. The MiSoC team are also actively engaged with practitioners and non-government organisations. For example, Brewer was on an advisory group for an ippr project on how childcare funding and delivery mechanisms could be improved to create better outcomes for children and parents. Rabe is working with Save the Children, feeding in to a campaign with the Centre for Social Justice aimed at supporting children's early development. Moreover, the research has fed into the Nuffield Foundation review on early years education and childcare which has led to the establishment of a new funding stream in Early Years. II.5 Social mobility and integration amongst immigrants Immigration, and the causes and consequences of ethnic and racial harassment (Luthra and Nandi) In addition to advisory group meetings which included members from third sector organisations in the areas of mental health and BAME issues, MiSoC researchers Nandi and Luthra carried out the following dissemination activities: (1) Presented the findings of their research to a meeting organised by the Stand Up to Racism Colchester on 23 February 2016, attended by members of the organisation and members of the general public. There was positive feedback from the audience about the findings. Subsequently asked by a member of the Fire Brigades Union to share the flyer with him for dissemination purposes. (2) Presented initial results to students at the University of Essex in classroom activities. The students were very receptive to the findings, being able to relate to experiences of harassment in their own lives. The study also illustrated the importance of survey research in addition to police report data, an important part of being a critical consumer of information. (3) During Open Days and sixth-form college visits to the University of Essex, presented the findings to potential applicants and their parents, with fruitful discussions at the end and positive feedback from participants. (4) Wrote an article for The Conversation about the initial findings, which was published in April 2017. As a result of that, Nandi and Luthra have been asked to present these findings at another event in June 2018. (5) Included results as evidence in the Home Affairs Committee's Hate crime and its violent consequences inquiry (2015) as well as the All Party Parliamentary Group for Social Integration's Report into the Integration of Immigrants (2017). (6) Held a What Works type event in May 2017 bringing together researchers working in the areas of harassment, prejudice and the health costs of harassment and key impact participants who work in these fields. At this event the researchers presented their research findings and engaged with impact participants who will help disseminate their findings to a wider network and at the same time identify gaps in knowledge that researchers can take forward. (7) Organised an event with third sector organisations and government department representatives in November 2017, presenting the findings from the briefing report and distributing the report for further dissemination. This was followed by an interactive session with the participants to identify gaps and future directions. Following positive feedback from the November 2017 event, Nandi and Luthra were asked by Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) and QED to present their findings at training and dissemination workshops to police personnel and mental health physicians. (8) Conducted two workshops at the IOPC offices in London which was attended by more than 20 mostly investigators and are planning on conducting another workshop to be organised by the QED in Bradford. (9) Contributed to a book for academic and non-academic audiences ("Ethnic and Racial Harassment in Britain" in I. Boncori (Ed.) Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion - The University of Essex Reader, Napoli: Editoriale Scientifica, pp.111-118, 2018). III.1 Formation of expectations, preferences and values in childhood Teaching perseverance (grit) (Alan) Beginning in early 2013, MiSoC's Sule Alan (with Seda Ertac) launched a large-scale field project in an attempt to fill this research gap. Focusing on children, the first step they took was to identify a number of economically significant skills (traits), encompassing primitives regarded by economists as preferences. They then designed and implemented an educational programme consisting of two independent arms, with each arm targeting specific skills. Implemented as a series of RCTs, the overarching goal of the project was i) to establish the extent to which skills under consideration are malleable in childhood, and ii) to identify the causal mechanisms through which these skills lead to actual achievement. The project required the researchers to bring together a large interdisciplinary team of education psychologists, media consultants and children's story writers to create, from scratch, unique and highly effective education materials to be delivered by teachers. The end product was two sets of curricula, one aiming to improve forward thinking and patience, the other aiming to instil effort-focused optimism to promote grit in children of age 9 to 10. The project has been a success in all dimensions. In addition to resulting in several high-quality academic publications, it generated wide interdisciplinary impact through its methodological contributions. 1) The education materials, which Alan helped develop as part of these projects, are now used as the basis for similar interventions implemented around the world. She was approached by the World Bank to design a similar intervention in Romania in collaboration with the Romanian government and the project is now underway. 2) The project on grit has generated a powerful methodological tool, coined now as "Alan-Ertac Grit Measure", and it is now considered to be one of the most reliable measurement inventories to elicit grit. Alan is now helping one of the most prominent psychologists who work on grit, Angela Duckworth, (Character Lab in University of Pennsylvania) to implement the measurement inventory for teenagers. III.3 Understanding changes in values, attitudes and behaviour Informing policy and guiding investment in the Church of England. MiSoC's David Voas was commissioned by the Church of England in 2012 to undertake a study to identify factors associated with church growth and decline, building on his expertise on analysing religious decline. The research led to a report, published online in 2014. The findings have been widely discussed in Church circles at all levels. The project steering group was chaired by the First Church Estates Commissioner (who could be viewed as the chair of the Church's 'board of directors') and included a number of influential Anglicans. Voas presented the findings at large conferences of Church leaders and numerous smaller meetings and workshops. In early 2014, the Church published a brochure entitled 'From Anecdote to Evidence' to highlight key findings. In early 2015, it followed up with another website and brochure designed to push people 'From Evidence to Action'. The introduction to 'From Evidence to Action' states that the project was "the first time that such a wide ranging and systematic study of factors relating to church growth has been undertaken within the Church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, has welcomed the research findings and all that they have highlighted. It is for this reason - because the findings prompt churches to act - that following on from the research, a toolkit, From Evidence to Action has been developed." Voas was invited by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to a residential meeting of their Council in June 2014, where they discussed the policy implications with the senior leadership. Justin Welby described the report as the most important study conducted by the Church for many years, and one that will have a real impact. Andreas Whittam Smith, the First Church Estates Commissioner, is proposing a major investment programme to change the fortunes of the Church. These investments are expected to amount to £100 million over the next ten years. The work done by Voas is explicitly cited as the justification for this major commitment. The research is having the following impact: • Cultural change - the research has helped to change culture within the Church of England, including a greater openness to using evidence / research to help inform decision making, increased awareness of the challenges faced by the Church and acceptance of the need for a sharper focus on the objective of numerical growth. • 'Renewal and Reform' - This major change programme, aimed at helping to reverse decades of numerical decline, has drawn on the findings from the growth research to inform their work (in terms of defining key issues to be tackled, making the case for change, helping to inform changes to funding etc.). • Fuelled research field / improvements in data processes - This quantitative social science type research around church growth was relatively new in the context of the Church of England. The Voas research, as well as pioneering this sort of approach within the C of E, has stimulated further quantitative research that is continuing to develop the evidence base. The challenges faced in carrying out the research have also helped drive increased efforts to improve data collection and collation processes in the Church, moving towards having more accurate and timely data to inform decision making. • Influence on resource allocation - The research is informing resource allocation decisions. Changing to funding systems as part of 'Renewal and Reform' require dioceses to submit applications for funding drawing on evidence. • Informed mission planning at a diocesan and parish level - 5,000 hard copies of the summary report distributed (plus web downloads) and over 5,000 copies of 'From Evidence to Action' tool distributed (which helps parishes to apply the findings as part of parish development processes). Dioceses have drawn on findings when developing their strategy (e.g. Birmingham and 'Growing Younger'). There is also considerable evidence of parishes using the findings as part of their mission planning processes. Other areas Legalising drugs (Del Bono and Pudney) MiSoC's Steve Pudney, Mark Bryan and Emilia Del Bono undertook a major study, co-funded by the Open Society Institute, to evaluate the costs and benefits of two potential reforms to drugs policy in England and Wales: the creation of a regulated market for cannabis and the introduction of a national system of supervised heroin injection for registered addicts. The study is commissioned by the Beckley Foundation with the twin aims of expanding the evidence base on drugs policy reform, and helping to shift the policy formation process onto a more rational basis. The report attracted considerable media attention, and was cited directly by the Liberal Democrats election manifesto in 2017. [Sonia] MiSoC's Sonia Bhalotra undertook a study with Richard Akresh (Univ of Illinois Urbana Champagne), Una Osili (Indiana) and Marinella Leone (Sussex) investigating for the first time the long run and intergenerational consequences of war on human capital. They analysed how exposure of individuals of different ages to the Biafra war of 1967-1970 in Nigeria affected their education, health, marriage, fertility, and the education and health of their children. One of the many findings of this research was that later life outcomes were most sensitive to the war for exposure in adolescence. This finding has sparked a lot of interest in UNICEF, leading them to write a blog about the work and to organize a workshop (in October 2017) to discuss creating a policy and research network on adolescents in humanitarian crises. Akresh and Bhalotra were both invited speakers at this workshop and are now both on the Advisory Committee of this international network which will attempt to influence international data collection, and to change the international policy agenda to provide safeguards specific to adolescents in the context of relief efforts during crises.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description (17th July 2018): Written question from Baroness Whitaker to the Department of Health and Social Care on the mental health of travellers, citing The Cumulative Effect of Racial Discrimination on the Mental Health of Ethnic Minorities in the UK (research by Nandi, Benzeval, Luthra, Saggar)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-questio...
 
Description (28th November 2017): House of Lords debate on mental health services for black and minority ethnic communities, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath citing research on the impact of racial and ethnic harassment on mental health by Alita Nandi and Renee Luthra.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2017-11-28/debates/B4D24C68-A7DD-4A6B-A556-A3730A7F0417/MentalHe...
 
Description (Brewer) Participation in Government Equalities Office roundtable on "Gender Equality & Economic Empowerment" January 2019
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Participation in Government Equalities Office roundtable intended to inform forthcoming government strategy on "Gender Equality & Economic Empowerment"
 
Description Advice to Frontier Economics on DfE and HMRC project on childcare
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Brewer cited in write-up of findings from European Commission Mutual Learning Programme Peer review on 'In-work progression - approaches and challenges', Manchester, UK, 26-27 March 2018
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=1047&newsId=9039&furtherNews=yes
 
Description Citation in COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Assessment of the Social Impact of the new Stability Support Programme for Greece
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Citation in European Commission's Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2015
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Citation in European Commission's Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2016
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Citation in European Commission's Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2018
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Citation in European Commission's Joint Research Centre Annual Report 2015
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Citation in European Commission's Tax Reforms in EU Member States: 2015 Report
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Citation in House of Commons Briefing paper of Disability and Poverty in Later Life research by Stephen Pudney and Ruth Hancock (reports commissioned for JRF & EHRC)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Citation in House of Commons Treasury Committee on Childcare
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmtreasy/757/7
 
Description Citation in House of Lords debate (Holford)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2017-10-27/debates/1CC18AF0-4140-46EC-A435-2C1EBED9E707/UnpaidWo...
 
Description Citation in House of Lords report on Affordable Childcare
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201415/ldselect/ldaffchild/117/117.pdf
 
Description Citation in Nuffield Foundation review of early years education and childcare research
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/sites/default/files/files/Early_years_education_and_childcare_Nuff...
 
Description Citation in OECD Economic Surveys: Greece
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Citation in Office for National Statistics's Nowcasting household income in the UK: initial methodology
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Citation in Parliamentary briefing - POSTbrief
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
URL http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PB-0022
 
Description Citation in Yearly Report of the Director of the Bank of Greece
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Cited in OECD's In it Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits Us All
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Contribution to What Works Wellbeing Submission to Comprehensive Spending Review (Longhi and Nandi)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description EUROMOD used for 2015 European Semester. A number of the Country Reports published by the European Commission included EUROMOD-based analysis (Estonia, Germany, France, Latvia, Romania)
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description EUROMOD used for 2016 European Semester. A number of the Country Reports published by the European Commission included EUROMOD-based analysis (Croatia, Spain, Italy, Austria, Portugal)
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description EUROMOD used for 2017 European Semester. A number of the Country Reports published by the European Commission included EUROMOD-based analysis (Denmark, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden)
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description EUROMOD used for 2018 European Semester. A number of the Country Reports published by the European Commission included EUROMOD-based analysis (Estonia, Ireland, Croatia, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Sweden)
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description EUROMOD used for European Commission's Access to social protection for all forms of employment - Assessing the options for a possible EU initiative
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description EUROMOD used for European Commission's Report on Public Finances in EMU 2017
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description EUROMOD used for Eurostat's Flash estimates of income inequality and poverty indicators in 2016
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description EUROMOD used for Income Tax in Scotland 2017, SPICe Briefing report SB 17-84
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://sp-bpr-en-prod-cdnep.azureedge.net/published/2017/12/6/Income-Tax-in-Scotland--2017-update/S...
 
Description EUROMOD used for Tax progressivity and the Scottish Rate of Income Tax, SPICe Briefing report SB 16-15
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://www.parliament.scot/ResearchBriefingsAndFactsheets/SB_16-15_Tax_progressivity_and_the_Scottis...
 
Description EUROMOD used for World Bank's Fiscal Redistribution in the European Union
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Ex ante poverty and fiscal evaluation of a guaranteed minimum income programme in Greece
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact My research (with M. Matsaganis) on the "Ex ante poverty and fiscal evaluation of a guaranteed minimum income programme in Greece" using the tax-benefit microsimulation model EUROMOD has been pivotal in the (ongoing) implementation process of this benefit. It was funded by the World Bank and delivered to the Greek Ministry of Labour and Social Security. This evaluation was specifically mentioned in the ESM stability support programme that was signed between Greece and the EC in August 2015 (p. 17), where the Greek authorities agreed to gradually roll out a nationwide guaranteed minimum income (GMI) by the end of 2016. The estimates provided in this study were also included in the 2016 OECD Economic Survey of Greece (p. 96). The research is considered as an impact case study candidate for the REF 2021. I was also invited to present it at the EC Conference on "European Microsimulation Modelling for Policymaking" (May 2015). I am currently assisting the World Bank in the design of a survey questionnaire to evaluate the GMI national rollout in terms of its impact on poverty, using EUROMOD.
 
Description Female Employment and Child Inequality (July 2018), APPG briefing by Susan Harkness
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://esrc.ukri.org/files/collaboration/appg-briefing-female-employment-and-child-inequality/
 
Description Invited participation in a Home Office workshop on 'Countering Extremism', 22 February 2016
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Liberal Democrat manifesto to legalise cannabis referred (May 2017) to a report by Professor Stephen Pudney, which estimates that legalising cannabis could raise tax revenues of between £400m and £900m in England and Wales.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Member of Task Group advising the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the formulation of an Anti-Poverty Strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://www.jrf.org.uk/topic/anti-poverty
 
Description Member of expert panel advising Resolution Foundation on reforms to Universal Credit
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/universal-credit-a-policy-under-review/
 
Description ONS (2019). Using tax data to better capture top earners in household income inequality statistics.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/incomeandwealth/art...
 
Description ONS review of statistics on illegal drugs and GDP
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact The report identified weaknesses in some aspects of ONS' measurement methodology, but supported other aspects. The review will lead to some improvements in ONS statistics and will give a better understanding of the degree of uncertainty in official estimates.
 
Description ONS statistical outputs workplan, 2018 to 2019 - Transformation of ONS household financial statistics
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseho
 
Description Oral evidence to the Select Committee on Affordable Childcare
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=16200
 
Description POLICY (11th June 2018): Shamit Saggar quoted several times in Women and Equalities Committee report into the Race Disparity Audit
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/women-and-equalities-com...
 
Description POLICY (17 May 2018): Written evidence to the Select Committee on Education's inquiry into the impact that the early years of a child's life have on their life chances (Rabe with Blanden)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Participation in expert workshop with MP Lucy Powell
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Providing material to Outreach Officer from the University of Hertfordshire to share with parents of prospective university applicants
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Submission of written evidence on disability benefits and social care to the Health Select Committee Inquiry into Public Expenditure on Health and Social Care
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Submission to The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Social Integration
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwiU1eD56-nZAhWjJsAKHdU5B...
 
Description Submission to the Hate crime and its violent consequences inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/home-affairs-commit...
 
Description Universal Credit Expert Panel on Evaluation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Advice to the Department for Work and Pensions on the evaluation programme for the introduction of Universal Credit
 
Description Written evidence Select Committee Inquiry on Children and young peoples mental health - role of education (Dr Knies and Dr Booker)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Written evidence to House of Commons Health & CLG inquiry into long-term funding of social care (submitted March 2018)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/housing-communities...
 
Description Written evidence to the Select Committee on Affordable Childcare's Call for Evidence
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/affordable-childcar...
 
Description Written evidence to the Treasury Select Committee inquiry into childcare policy and its influence on the economy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/treasury-committee/inqui...
 
Description Written evidence toSelect Committee on Social Mobility, Overlooked and left behind: improving the transition from school to work for the majority of young people
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldselect/ldsocmob/120/12002.htm
 
Description Written submission to Women and Equalities Select Committee's Race Disparity Audit inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description • POLICY (26 April 2018): Written evidence to the Select Committee on Science and Technology's inquiry into the Impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health (Booker and Knies)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Academy Research Project: 'British Religion in Numbers'
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Funding ID AQ1819 
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2024
 
Description Access to Health Care, Health Outcomes and Hospital Performance in Brazil
Amount £84,155 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 08/2019
 
Description An investigation of the impact of the NLW on earnings, with a focus on pay differentials
Amount £49,962 (GBP)
Funding ID CR18028 
Organisation Low Pay Commission 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 11/2019
 
Description Analysing social protection of atypical workers using EUROMOD
Amount € 14,400 (EUR)
Funding ID Ares(2017)5925573 - 575 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2018 
End 03/2018
 
Description Analysis of National LGBT Survey
Amount £74,548 (GBP)
Organisation Government of the UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Analysis of Poverty Effects of Uprating Decisions
Amount £2,256 (GBP)
Organisation Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2015 
End 02/2015
 
Description British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2019
 
Description British participation in the 2017 European Values Study / World Values Survey
Amount £543,430 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/P009573/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 11/2018
 
Description Causes of Gender, Disability & Ethnic Pay Gaps
Amount £51,295 (GBP)
Organisation Equality and Human Rights Commission 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description Centre for Fertility and Health
Amount kr 637,500 (NOK)
Organisation Norwegian Institute of Public Health 
Sector Public
Country Norway
Start 07/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description Convergence of Minimum Income Benefit Schemes in Europe: Evidence at the Micro Level
Amount € 14,996 (EUR)
Funding ID VC/2015/1069 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description EUROMOD Extension to Indirect Taxation
Amount € 300,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 198961-2015 A10-UK 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2016 
End 01/2017
 
Description Estimating the Technology of Skill Formation and Maternal Well-Being
Amount $36,300 (USD)
Funding ID 1725219 
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 08/2017 
End 07/2019
 
Description Expectations, Information and Intention to Participate in Higher Education
Amount £62,425 (GBP)
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2015 
End 10/2017
 
Description Expert Panel on Longevity Risk
Amount £3,680 (GBP)
Organisation Prudential PLC 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 04/2018
 
Description Exploring the interplay of social and genetic factors influencing puberty timing
Amount £9,978 (GBP)
Funding ID SRG18R1\181165 
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2020
 
Description Family Life Courses, Intergenerational Exchanges and Later Life Health (FAMHEALTH)
Amount € 147,550 (EUR)
Funding ID 324055 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 10/2017 
End 06/2018
 
Description Feasibility and Added Value of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme - DG-Employment
Amount € 207,451 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 02/2015 
End 07/2016
 
Description Female Politicians and Economic Growth: Evidence from State Elections in India
Amount £18,400 (GBP)
Organisation International Growth Centre (IGC) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2016
 
Description Human Rights and Information Technology in the Era of Big Data
Amount £406,844 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/M010236/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2020
 
Description Illegal Drug Estimates
Amount £8,652 (GBP)
Organisation Office for National Statistics 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2015 
End 04/2015
 
Description Impact of the Universal Infant Free School Meal Policy
Amount £56,238 (GBP)
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 06/2019
 
Description Inequalities in Access to Health and the Role of the Unified Health System in Brazil: Evidence from Administrative Hospital Records and Survey Data - Newton Fund RCUK-CONFAP Research Partnerships
Amount £77,526 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N000048/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2015
 
Description Inequalities, Insurance, Incentives and Immigration: Challenges and Solutions for the Welfare State (4Is) - Welfare State Futures
Amount £389,235 (GBP)
Funding ID 462-14-011 
Organisation New Opportunities for Research Funding Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE) 
Sector Academic/University
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2017
 
Description Inequality in Higher Education Outcomes in the UK: Subjective Expectations, Preferences and Access to Information
Amount £784,520 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/M008622/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2020
 
Description Integrating Research Infrastructure for European expertise on Inclusive Growth from data to policy (InGRID2)
Amount € 903,206 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 05/2017 
End 04/2021
 
Description International Growth Centre
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Organisation International Growth Centre (IGC) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2017
 
Description International Growth Centre
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Organisation International Growth Centre (IGC) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 06/2018
 
Description Investigating People - Place Effects in the UK using Linked Longitudinal Survey and Administrative Data
Amount £188,407 (GBP)
Funding ID DLW/42989 
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 08/2020
 
Description JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy: Background Paper on Disability Costs in Later Life
Amount £3,500 (GBP)
Funding ID 1209001PFA05 
Organisation Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 09/2015
 
Description Make Happen
Amount £278,291 (GBP)
Organisation Office for Students 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 09/2020
 
Description Methods for the Analysis of Longitudinal Dyadic Data with an Application to Intergenerational Exchanges of Family Support
Amount £12,500 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/P000118/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description Mutual Learning Programme Peer Review: 'Wages Progression'
Amount £1,400 (GBP)
Organisation ICF International, Inc. 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 02/2018 
End 03/2018
 
Description Not the Golden Age of Old
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2016 
End 11/2016
 
Description Opening the Black Box: towards a transparent and widely-used tax-benefit model for the UK
Amount £303,165 (GBP)
Funding ID WEL/43597 
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2021
 
Description Post-Graduate Support Scheme
Amount £12,009 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 12/2015
 
Description Promoting Mental Wellbeing In The Ageing Urban Population: Determinants, Policies And Interventions In European Cities (MINDMAP)
Amount € 141,557 (EUR)
Funding ID 667661 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2017 
End 12/2019
 
Description Risk Aversion, Earnings Uncertainty and Labour Supply
Amount £72,018 (GBP)
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 08/2019
 
Description SAMOD
Amount £822 (GBP)
Organisation Southern African Social Policy Research Institute (SASPRI) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country South Africa
Start 11/2014 
End 01/2015
 
Description SOCGEN: Combining Social Science and Molecular Genetic Research to Examine Inequality and the Life Course
Amount £7,005 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N011856/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Description Small Grant - Female Selection into Occupations and Occupational Prices
Amount £9,801 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Study on the Assessment of Tax Evasion and Tax Non-Compliance with the EUROMOD Model in Estonia
Amount € 14,864 (EUR)
Funding ID 154948 -2015 A08-GB 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2015 
End 06/2016
 
Description Tax shifting of direct and indirect taxation in Italy and Spain
Amount € 59,993 (EUR)
Funding ID 154631-2014 A08-GB 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2015
 
Description The Benefits of Knowledge: Mortality Risks, Mental Health and Life-Cycle Behavior
Amount $42,718 (USD)
Organisation National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2018
 
Description The EU Social Situation Monitor
Amount € 127,620 (EUR)
Funding ID VC/2015/1021 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description The EU Social Situation Monitor
Amount € 97,620 (EUR)
Funding ID VC/2014/0663 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2015 
End 04/2016
 
Description The Economics and Politics of Taxation and Social Protection
Amount $4,500 (USD)
Funding ID 605UU-1326 
Organisation United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research 
Sector Academic/University
Country Finland
Start 06/2015 
End 09/2015
 
Description The Economics and Politics of Taxation and Social Protection
Amount $193,338 (USD)
Organisation United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research 
Sector Academic/University
Country Finland
Start 12/2015 
End 06/2017
 
Description The Economics and Politics of Taxation and Social Protection (SOUTHMOD)
Amount $104,650 (USD)
Organisation United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research 
Sector Academic/University
Country Finland
Start 11/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Description The Effects of a Tailored Health Warning on Socio-Economic Behaviours and Health Outcomes
Amount £152,727 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N012038/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 03/2018
 
Description The Impact of the National Living Wage on Individuals
Amount £43,963 (GBP)
Organisation Low Pay Commission 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 11/2017
 
Description The Prevalence and Persistence of Ethnic and Racial Harassment and its Impact on Health: A Longitudinal Analysis
Amount £138,059 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N011791/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2016 
End 07/2017
 
Description To quality-assure models used by the Scottish Fiscal Commission to forecast tax revenues and social security spending
Amount £1,324 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Fiscal Commission 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 09/2017
 
Description Understanding Household Finance through Better Measurement - Transformative Research Call
Amount £250,795 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N006534/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 06/2017
 
Description University of St Andrews Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Fund - 'Who takes unpaid internships in science?'
Amount £1,160 (GBP)
Organisation University of St Andrews 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 11/2017
 
Description Using Mobile Technologies to Improve Financial Data
Amount £447,023 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N006534/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description Welfare Dependence and Poverty Traps: Evaluating the contribution of health shocks and health policy using administrative data
Amount £311,180 (GBP)
Funding ID GF160011 
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 03/2018
 
Description Work, Learning & Wellbeing
Amount £53,279 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N003586/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2015 
End 06/2018
 
Title BOOST 2018 
Description BOOST2018 or more simply BOOST is a longitudinal survey of undergraduate students at the University of Essex (UoE). The survey follows a cohort of undergraduate students from their first term at UoE through to the completion of their higher education degree through 12 waves. We measure students' behaviours, beliefs, expectations and aspirations about the future and how these change over time through online surveys. We also measure a series of cognitive and non-cognitive traits using incentivized experiments in the Lab. As of March 2018, 10 waves of data have been collected and 1953 students have participated in at least one wave. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This dataset has been used to conduct several analysis to better understand the socio-economic differences in higher education outcomes, as well as the factors that lead to success at university (see list of publications). 
 
Title European Values Study (wave 5, 2017) dataset for Great Britain 
Description The European Values Study (EVS) is a large-scale, cross-national, repeated cross-sectional survey research programme on basic human values. It provides insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values and opinions of citizens all over Europe. The EVS started in 1981; the survey has been repeated every nine years in an increasing number of countries. The questionnaire covers topics that include national identity, culture, diversity, insecurity, support for democracy, tolerance of foreigners and ethnic minorities, support for gender equality, the role of religion, the impact of globalization, attitudes towards the environment, work, family, politics, subjective well-being, and so on. The questionnaire also contains items on issues of personal and civic ethics, from smoking indoors to suicide. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact At the time of writing (January 2020), researchers are only starting to use the new EVS dataset. 
URL https://www.gesis.org/en/services/data-analysis/international-survey-programs/european-values-study/...
 
Description (Alan) CharcterLab at UPenn 
Organisation University of Pennsylvania
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Work by MiSoC researcher Sule Alan has generated a powerful methodological tool, coined now as "Alan-Ertac Grit Measure", that is now considered to be one of the most reliable measurement inventories to elicit grit. We are working with one of the most prominent psychologists who work on grit, Angela Duckworth, (Character Lab in University of Pennsylvania) to implement the measurement inventory for teenagers.
Collaborator Contribution Work by MiSoC researcher Sule Alan has generated a powerful methodological tool, coined now as "Alan-Ertac Grit Measure", that is now considered to be one of the most reliable measurement inventories to elicit grit. We are working with one of the most prominent psychologists who work on grit, Angela Duckworth, (Character Lab in University of Pennsylvania) to implement the measurement inventory for teenagers.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2015
 
Description (Alan) World Bank: extending intervention from Turkey to Romania 
Organisation World Bank Group
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The WB would like to implement an intervention in Romania that is similar to the one that MiSoC researcher Sule Alan developed for schools in Istanbul (about teaching children perseverance/grit). We have the insights on how to implement an intervention that increases children's levels of perseverance and grit.
Collaborator Contribution The WB would like to implement an intervention in Romania that is similar to the one that MiSoC researcher Sule Alan developed for schools in Istanbul (about teaching children perseverance/grit). The WB have the ability to fund and organise such an intervention.
Impact The intervention is stil being designed and discussed between MiSoC and the WB.
Start Year 2015
 
Description (Brewer) Collaboration with The Resolution Foundation on Universal Credit 
Organisation Resolution Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expert advice and knowledge about economic consequences of Universal Credit
Collaborator Contribution Expert advice and knowledge about economic and practical consequences of Universal Credit. Production of report. Launch and publicity of report.
Impact In 2014-15, MiSoC's Prof Mike Brewer served on an expert panel helping the Resolution Foundation look at the incentives inherent in Universal Credit, work which led to a report by the Resolution Foundation. In 2015, Brewer co-authored a report with Resolution Foundation analysts on Universal Credit. In 2017, Brewer co-authored a second report with Resolution Foundation analysts on Universal Credit. In 2017, Brewer spoke at the launch event.
Start Year 2014
 
Description (Brewer) Collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions 
Organisation Department for Work and Pensions
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution MiSoC's Prof Brewer conducted research on DWP administrative data in 2 separate projects
Collaborator Contribution DWP provided access to their administrative data for 2 projects supported by MiSoC funding, one undertaken at the Safe Room at the Secure Data Service, University of Essex, and the other at the data enclave at the Institute for Fiscal Studies,
Impact Each project has produced a working paper released in IZA's series.
Start Year 2012
 
Description (Brewer) Collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on an anti-poverty strategy 
Organisation Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expert advice and economic analysis relating to an anti-poverty strategy.
Collaborator Contribution The JRF were producing an anti-poverty strategy. MiSoC's Prof Brewer served on the Task Force that helped the JRF produce the strategy, and was commissioned to write a report about the role of the tax system.
Impact JRF produced an anti-poverty strategy. MiSoC's Prof Brewer served on the Task Force that helped the JRF produce the strategy, and was commissioned to write a report about the role of the tax system (logged in ResearchFish).
Start Year 2013
 
Description (Hancock) Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE 
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Department LSE Health and Social Care
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have collaborated with PSSRU to produce projections of long-term care expenditure under various different scenarios. MiSoC researcher Hancock has expertise in modeling the costs of disability benefits
Collaborator Contribution We have collaborated with PSSRU to produce projections of long-term care expenditure under various different scenarios. PSSRU have expertise in modelling long-term care costs.
Impact Some of the projections have been used by OBR in their Economic and Fiscal Outlook and Fiscal Sustainability Reports.
Start Year 2010
 
Description (Hancockj/Pudney) Department of Health 
Organisation Department of Health (DH)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution • An existing body of research that we were able to discuss in detail with DH officials after which they had a much better understanding of the methods we had used.
Collaborator Contribution • DH had conducted their own analysis of the relationship between receipt of Attendance Allowance and reported difficulties with Activities of Daily Living, were surprised by the result and was aware of our work which seemed to reach a different conclusion. They contacted us for discussions and a comparison of methods. • As a result DH enabled MiSoc-funded research to be exposed and explained to a range of officials in DH, DWP and HMT (analysts and policy makers)
Impact • We produced a note, initially for DH which was then revised so that it was suitable for a wider audience
Start Year 2012
 
Description (Various) Collaboration with the Institute for Fiscal Studies 
Organisation Institute for Fiscal Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution MiSoC's Prof Brewer, Dr Rabe and Prof Crossley have undertaken joint research with researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. These have been in several areas: childcare policy; in-work benefits; household consumption and saving; inference in difference-in-differences; bootstrapping with very complex surveys; measuring living standards; tax and benefit policy design.
Collaborator Contribution MiSoC's Prof Brewer, Dr Rabe and Prof Crossley have undertaken joint research with researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. These have been in several areas: childcare policy; in-work benefits; household consumption and saving; inference in difference-in-differences; bootstrapping with very complex surveys; measuring living standards; tax and benefit policy design.
Impact The collaboration has led to several outputs (WPs and journal articles), all reported separately, and to 2 jointly-organised events about childcare evidence and policy.
Start Year 2011
 
Description AMES, TAMES and Cold Climate 
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Department Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am Visiting Professor at CASE and have contributed to a series of research projects analysing the effects of particular Governments' policy changes on poverty and inequality in the UK. Specifically we carried out microsimulation analysis and co-authored papers and book chapters. These were joint work with John Hills and his colleagues.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership and coordination of the projects and their funding; co-authoring.
Impact 3 book chapters and one journal article (economics and social policy); all reported separately
Start Year 2006
 
Description AgeUK: Hancock and Pudney 
Organisation Age UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution • Technical expertise leading to rigorous analysis to address research questions generated collectively with Age UK • Provision of comments on Age UK draft documents referencing MiSoc research to ensure our research was used accurately This is mostly from Hancock and Pudney
Collaborator Contribution • Small amount of supplementary funding (grant called 'Can people afford to lose Attendance Allowance) • Expertise on details of disability benefits system and its history • Knowledge of how the system works on the ground • Insights into policy developments/DWP thinking through contacts with officials and desire to share information to help identify avenues for future MiSoc research • Commenting on drafts of MiSoc outputs intended to be accessible to non-academic audiences including written evidence to select committee inquiries • Ability and willingness to make use of MiSoc outputs in own outputs e.g. responses to government consultations, written and oral evidence to select committees [see REF 2014 Impact Case Study for implicit references in AGE UK oral evidence (Andy Harrop) to MiSoc written evidence]
Impact • Highly policy-relevant academic outputs and presentations • Written evidence to select committee inquiries • Successful applications for further funding (e.g. SDAI)
Start Year 2006
 
Description Collaboration with German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW, Hannover, Germany) 
Organisation German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise in Higher Education (HE) research and in labour markets and mobility
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in Higher Education (HE) research, survey design and data collection
Impact The following publication has resulted from this collaboration, which includes a research team member from MiSoC as well as from the DZHW institute: Parey, Matthias, Jens Ruhose, Fabian Waldinger and Nicolai Netz (2017): "The Selection of High-Skilled Emigrants," Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming. (Link: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/REST_a_00687?journalCode=rest) Matthias Parey has also contributed to a high-level policy-oriented conference on "Coordination and Cooperation in Higher Education and Science Research" in October 2015 in Hannover, Germany.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Collaboration with Nuffield Foundation funded childcare project 
Organisation University of Surrey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration on the project of the effects of free childcare on child outcomes. The Surrey research team holds a grant by the Nuffield Foundation which has overlap with our SDAI grant. We decided to collaborate on the overlapping project areas, with permission of the ESRC. As a result, we have been able to carry out a more in-depth empirical analysis, including use of new data sources, than otherwise possible. We have also been able to disseminate our findings more widely.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact The collaboration has led to two jointly authored papers and many presentations, as detailed in the publications and engagement outputs. Disciplines involved are economics and social policy.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaboration with the Greek Council of Economic Advisers (SOE) of the Greek Ministry of Finance 
Organisation Council of Economic Advisers
Country Greece 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I am contributing to the further development of the Greek module of the EU-wide tax-benefit microsimulation model EUROMOD, which is used by SOE in their negotiations with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (i.e. the troika).
Collaborator Contribution Having learnt how to use EUROMOD, my partners have developed an alternative input dataset for the model based on administrative data. Running EUROMOD with this dataset provides output which is used for suggesting new tax-benefit policies and policy reforms to the troika.
Impact We informed the Greek government about the distributional and fiscal impact of the personal income tax reform and pension cuts in 2013 and, more recently, of the introduction of guaranteed minimum income and the provision of a social dividend.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Education Media Centre (EMC) 
Organisation Education Media Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution ISER purchased a training package from EMC to facilitate better links between researchers and relevant national media outlets.
Collaborator Contribution EMC is supporting ISER's ongoing work to position itself as a key commentator for the media on broad social science issues.
Impact Memorandum signed October 2017.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Grandchildren and their Grandparents' Labor Supply 
Organisation Johannes Kepler University of Linz
Department Department of Economics
Country Austria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise in applied microeconometrics, in particular duration models; programming and estimation of the model;
Collaborator Contribution Access to high quality administrative data; access to cluster pc in order to manipulate the data;
Impact Working Paper: Grandmothers' labor supply (ISER Working Paper 2017-11)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Gundi Knies and Alexander Plum 
Organisation New Zealand Work Research Institute
Country New Zealand 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I have equally contributed to the design and writing of research papers and other texts addressed at non-academic audiences
Collaborator Contribution My collaborator has equally contributed to the design and writing of research papers and other texts addressed at non-academic audiences
Impact ISER Working paper, Article in Insights 2017, PhD chapter Alexander Plum, and others.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ImPRovE, InGRID and InGRID2 
Organisation University of Antwerp
Department Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Coordination of the EUROMOD project; Participation in 3 FP7/H2020 projects 1 coordinated by Antwerp (ImProvE) in which we contributed a major strand of the research on the effects of policy on poverty. In the other 2 we collaborate together on joint tasks and research (InGRID and InGRID2) related to developing the EUROMOD infrastucture and providing training to use it. We contribute our expertise in EUROMOD.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of ImPRovE, book projects etc; expertise in social policy analysis; expertise on Belgian tax-benefit policy and data.
Impact Working papers and journal articles reported separately; developments to the EUROMOD research infrastructure + documentation; several expert workshops and training events and training materials (economics and sociology)
Start Year 2006
 
Description Indirect tax analysis 
Organisation University of Leuven
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Coordination of the EUROMOD project; Co-participation in several projects to incorporate indirect taxes into EUROMOD in order to analyse reforms to direct and indirect taxes jointly;
Collaborator Contribution Co-participation in several projects to incorporate indirect taxes into EUROMOD in order to analyse reforms to direct and indirect taxes jointly; expertise on the belgian tax-benefit system.
Impact https://www.euromod.ac.uk/publications/euromod-extension-indirect-taxation-final-report
Start Year 2009
 
Description Inequality, poverty and inequality of opportunity- research netweork financed by the Madrid Regional Government 
Organisation University of Alcalá
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research time allocated to a joint working paper with Olga Canto on Labour outcomes and family background.
Collaborator Contribution 1) Research time allocated by Olga Canto for a joint working paper on Labour outcomes and family background. 2) Blog article on the results of our paper published on Agenda Publica, a platform that hosts article on the most pressing social and economic issues in Spain informed by results from the research community
Impact Joint working paper with Olga Canto : Avram Silvia, Olga Canto (2016), Labour outcomes and family background: Evidence from the EU during the recession, ECINEQ Working Paper 414, http://www.ecineq.org/milano/WP/ECINEQ2016-414.pdf
Start Year 2016
 
Description Joint production of Flash Estimates of income distribution and poverty 
Organisation European Commission
Department Eurostat
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Contributed our methodology on how to use EUROMOD to produce statistics on poverty and income distribution in advance of data for the current year being available; training in how to use the methodology; other outputs from EUROMOD to provide background and context
Collaborator Contribution Early release of data, production and publication of the statistics; coordination of approval of the statistics by 28 nationsl statistical institutes
Impact See Eurostat website. Background papers on the methodology have appeared as Working Papers and journal articles reported separately (http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Knowledge Exchange Programme with the Higher Education Statistical Agency 
Organisation Higher Education Statistical Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution A knowledge exchange has been set up between MiSoC researchers and the HESA Analytical team. The purpose of the project is to analyse data on several cohorts of Higher Education students and document the existence and the evolution of a gap in performance according to protected characteristics such as gender, ethnicity and social background. Performance will be measured by progression and final degree outcome taking into account (i) dropout, (ii) change of course/subject area, and (iii) change of institution. The analysis will also try to explain the factors contributing to the existence of these performance gaps, including student characteristics and institutional characteristics (i.e. student/staff ratios, composition of staff by gender, ethnicity, etc.). The MiSoC team will take the lead in defining the main research questions and applying the most up-to-date empirical methods to the empirical analysis. Specifically, we will be able to show how longitudinal methods and statistical decomposition techniques can greatly enhance the understanding of the issues at hand.
Collaborator Contribution In order to obtain evidence on student progression, it will be necessary to construct a unique student identifier which would allow the researchers to follow students over time, even when they change subject or institution. At the moment, such identifier is not available directly from the HESA student records. The HESA analytical team will assist with the construction of such an identifier. To understand the institutional factors contributing to the performance gap it will be necessary to match the HESA student records with data on staff characteristics. The staff records are held at the level of the academic HESA cost centre but a student can be assigned to multiple cost centres depending on the combination of subject studied. The HESA analytical team will assist attributing students to a single cost centre or a number of cost centres in relation to the combination of subjects studied.
Impact The work has only just started and it is expected to generate new output by the end of 2017.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Leeds 
Organisation University of Leeds
Department School of Business
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professors Delavande and Del Bono have undertaken joint research with Professor Wandi Bruine de Bruin, Co-director of the Centre for Decision Research at the University of Leeds.
Collaborator Contribution Professors Delavande and Del Bono have undertaken joint research with Professor Wandi Bruine de Bruin, Co-director of the Centre for Decision Research at the University of Leeds.
Impact This collaboration has led to the design of new behavioural interventions to improve educational outcomes, to the creation of new datasets and to the organisation of one conferences on expectations in Economics and Psychology in 2014.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Lemma 3 Node 
Organisation University of Bristol
Department Centre for Multilevel Modelling (CMM)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We carried out a comparison of different methods for analysing panel data.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners brought expertise on the data and the use of multilevel models and software for fitting advanced ones.
Impact Presentation 9/7/2014 ESRC Research Methods Festival, Nuffield College, Oxford. (https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/RMF2014/programme/session.php?id=E3 Co-organized and presented at meeting Methods for Longutdinal Data Analysis 8/9/2014, London School of Economics (http://www.statisticsviews.com/details/event/6294781/Methods-for-Longitudinal-Data-Analysis-in-the-Social-Sciences.html)
Start Year 2013
 
Description Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health 
Organisation University of Pennsylvania
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Misoc's Professor Delavande has been involved in the design and analysis of the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health, one of very few long-standing publicly-available longitudinal cohort studies in a sub-Saharan African context. It provides a rare record of more than a decade of demographic, socioeconomic and health conditions in one of the world's poorest countries.
Collaborator Contribution Misoc's Professor Delavande has undertaken joint research with other researchers involved in the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health.
Impact The collaboration has led to publications and working papers, all reported separately, to the creation of new datasets, and the joint applications for funding grants. The outputs are multidisciplinary (economics, sociology, demography, health).
 
Description Manski 
Organisation Northwestern University
Department Department of Economics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Misoc's Professor Delavande has undertaken joint research with Professor Charles F Manski from Nortwhestern University, in the area of subjective expectations and elections.
Collaborator Contribution Misoc's Professor Delavande has undertaken joint research with Professor Charles F Manski from Nortwhestern University, in the area of subjective expectations and elections.
Impact The collaboration has led two publications, all reported separately, and to 3 jointly organized conferences on subjective expectations in 2014, 2015 and one forthcoming in 2018. The outputs were multidisciplinary (economics, survey methodology, politics).
 
Description NYFed 
Organisation Federal Reserve Bank of New York Building
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution MiSoC's Prof Delavande has undertaken joint research with researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the areas of measuring expectations, attitudes, educations and development economics.
Collaborator Contribution MiSoC's Prof Delavande has undertaken joint research with researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the areas of measuring expectations, attitudes, educations and development economics.
Impact The collaboration has led to several outputs (WPs and journal articles), all reported separately, and to 3 jointly-organised events conferences on expectations in 2014, 2015 and (forthcoming) 2018.
Start Year 2007
 
Description OECD Report on Lithuanian social policy reforms 
Organisation Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research time allocated to report on THE EFFECTS OF REFORM SCENARIOS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE ON WORK INCENTIVES AND POVERTY IN LITHUANIA
Collaborator Contribution Time allocated to report on THE EFFECTS OF REFORM SCENARIOS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE ON WORK INCENTIVES AND POVERTY IN LITHUANIA
Impact 1) OECD Working Paper: THE EFFECTS OF REFORM SCENARIOS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE ON WORK INCENTIVES AND POVERTY IN LITHUANIA ; http://www.oecd.org/eco/the-effects-of-reform-scenarios-for-unemployment-benefits-and-social-assistance-on-financial-incentives-to-work-and-poverty-in-Lithuania.pdf 2) Blog article discussing the results form the working paper on the OECD Ecoscope platform: https://oecdecoscope.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/reforming-benefits-in-lithuania-to-generate-a-double-dividend-making-work-pay-while-better-protecting-the-jobless/
Start Year 2015
 
Description OECD Report on Lithuanian social policy reforms 
Organisation Vilnius University
Country Lithuania 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research time allocated to report on THE EFFECTS OF REFORM SCENARIOS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE ON WORK INCENTIVES AND POVERTY IN LITHUANIA
Collaborator Contribution Time allocated to report on THE EFFECTS OF REFORM SCENARIOS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE ON WORK INCENTIVES AND POVERTY IN LITHUANIA
Impact 1) OECD Working Paper: THE EFFECTS OF REFORM SCENARIOS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE ON WORK INCENTIVES AND POVERTY IN LITHUANIA ; http://www.oecd.org/eco/the-effects-of-reform-scenarios-for-unemployment-benefits-and-social-assistance-on-financial-incentives-to-work-and-poverty-in-Lithuania.pdf 2) Blog article discussing the results form the working paper on the OECD Ecoscope platform: https://oecdecoscope.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/reforming-benefits-in-lithuania-to-generate-a-double-dividend-making-work-pay-while-better-protecting-the-jobless/
Start Year 2015
 
Description Parental investments 
Organisation Norwegian School of Economics
Country Norway 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We used Norwegian data to examine the influence of peers on parental invesments and to evaluate how parental investments repond to child's endowment at birth. My Specific contributions consisted in the development of new research ideas, contribution to econometric methodology and analysis, research organization and management, writing up and dissemination.
Collaborator Contribution The Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) covered the expenses for accommodation and travel for visiting periods by me and Emman Tominey at the NHHas well as the cost for access to the Norwegian Administrative Data (NHH). The University of York covered expenses for presentations at conferences. The University of York covered expenses for research work done by Emma Tominey (University of York) and codfunded my research work, NHH funded the research work by Kjell Salvanes. Emma Tominey (University of York) contributed the empirical analysis, writing up, developemtn of the research ideas and dissemination. Kjell Salvanes (Norwegian School of Economics) contributed by allowing the access to the Norwegian administrative data, providing details on the data, and refining of the academic outputs.
Impact Nicoletti, C., Tominey, E., Salvanes, K. (2017) Response of parental investments to child's health endowment at birth, in Baltagi, B. & Moscone, F. (eds.) Health Econometrics in Contributions to Economic Analysis. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Forthcoming. Nicoletti C., Salvanes K., E. Tominey (2017), The family peer effect on mothers' labour supply, Accepted for publication in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Parental investments 
Organisation University of York
Department Department of Economics and Related Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We used Norwegian data to examine the influence of peers on parental invesments and to evaluate how parental investments repond to child's endowment at birth. My Specific contributions consisted in the development of new research ideas, contribution to econometric methodology and analysis, research organization and management, writing up and dissemination.
Collaborator Contribution The Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) covered the expenses for accommodation and travel for visiting periods by me and Emman Tominey at the NHHas well as the cost for access to the Norwegian Administrative Data (NHH). The University of York covered expenses for presentations at conferences. The University of York covered expenses for research work done by Emma Tominey (University of York) and codfunded my research work, NHH funded the research work by Kjell Salvanes. Emma Tominey (University of York) contributed the empirical analysis, writing up, developemtn of the research ideas and dissemination. Kjell Salvanes (Norwegian School of Economics) contributed by allowing the access to the Norwegian administrative data, providing details on the data, and refining of the academic outputs.
Impact Nicoletti, C., Tominey, E., Salvanes, K. (2017) Response of parental investments to child's health endowment at birth, in Baltagi, B. & Moscone, F. (eds.) Health Econometrics in Contributions to Economic Analysis. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Forthcoming. Nicoletti C., Salvanes K., E. Tominey (2017), The family peer effect on mothers' labour supply, Accepted for publication in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Presented 4th SERISS training course on Cross-national Longitudinal Data Analysis 
Organisation European Commission
Department Horizon 2020
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Synergies for Europe's Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS), aims to equip Europe's social science data infrastructures to play a major role in addressing the key societal challenges facing Europe today and ensure that national and European policymaking is built on a solid base of the highest-quality socio-economic evidence. The project brings together leading European Research Infrastructures in the social sciences - the European Social Survey (ESS ERIC), the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE ERIC) and Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA ERIC) - alongside organisations representing the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP), European Values Study (EVS) and the WageIndicator Survey. It aims to exploit potential synergies and overcome existing fragmentation across infrastructures in order to enhance the key role played by these infrastructures, which form the bedrock of empirical social science in Europe. SERISS Work Package 5, Training and Dissemination, addresses specific training of staff working in cross-national social science research and infrastructures. The work package aims to design trainings and training materials for tools developed in SERISS and to provide training on data management, data handling and harmonisation, as well as on statistical analysis to a wider social science community. By sharing resources and skills training will have considerable value beyond infrastructure specific initiatives. The SERISS project therefore develops a programme of face-to-face training events and online resources to disseminate learning from the project among other researchers and social science infrastructures. I have presented the 4th and final training course in this programme, drawing on my extensive knowledge of the Understanding Society, SOEP and CNEF studies and my heavy involvement in developing and delivering hands-on training workshop. In the next couple of months there will be a webinar on the substantive content of the course.
Collaborator Contribution SERISS network organised the training course, advertised it, provided the facilities and hosted the hands-on training workshop. The course was well-received and reached a network of researchers to whom analysis of panel data is very new. (More than 120 analysts applied to attend the course of whom 25 were invited to participate).
Impact Five worksheets illustrating longitudinal analysis of panel data have been produced and were shared with the course participants. Syntax files to replicate the analysis has been shared also. A webinar will be recorded and posted on the SERISS website.
Start Year 2019
 
Description RAND 
Organisation The RAND Corporation
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution MiSoC's Prof Delavande has undertaken joint research with researchers at the RAND Corporation. These have been in several areas: measuring expectations, survey methodology, retirement and ageing.
Collaborator Contribution MiSoC's Prof Delavande has undertaken joint research with researchers at the RAND Corporation. These have been in several areas: measuring expectations, survey methodology, retirement and ageing.
Impact The collaboration has led to several publications and working papers, all reported separately, and to the creation of new datasets.
 
Description REFRAMED 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department Department of Psychology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided methodological expertise in the development of instrumental variable methods to analyse the analysis of a complex intervention. Also did blinded preliminary analysis of early results.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided data, theoretical insight and substantive expertise in the analysis of these data.
Impact http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008857 The final project report (REFRActory depression - Mechanisms and Efficacy of Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RefraMED): a randomised controlled trial) has been accepted by the journal EME (https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/eme/#/future) and is to appear in May 2018.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Returns to Higher Education 
Organisation Microsoft Research
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Renee Luthra has collaborated with Jennifer Flashman, data scientist for Microsoft Yammer. We collaborated on a project examining returns to higher education.
Collaborator Contribution Renee Luthra has collaborated with Jennifer Flashman, data scientist for Microsoft Yammer. We collaborated on a project examining returns to higher education.
Impact Luthra, Renee Reichl, and Jennifer Flashman. "Who Benefits Most from a University Degree?: A Cross-National Comparison of Selection and Wage Returns in the US, UK, and Germany." Research in Higher Education (2017): 1-36.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Roundhouse Happiness Project 
Organisation Roundhouse
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Dr Gundi Knies gave a workshop on her research on "Life Satisfaction and Material Well-being of Young People in the UK" as a contribution to an Arts & Science collaboration around young people's wellbeing, inspired by the 2007 UNICEF happiness and wellbeing report on young people.
Collaborator Contribution Creating a "show made by young people for young people" as a collaboration between the arts and science in November 2015 highlighting whether "having" or "being" is more important for young people's wellbeing.
Impact Roundhouse performance in November 2015.
Start Year 2012
 
Description SAMOD and NAMOD 
Organisation Southern African Social Policy Research Institute (SASPRI)
Country South Africa 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Provided support in adapting the EUROMOD software and approach for use in the context of developing countries in Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia)
Collaborator Contribution Made use of th EUROMOD software and approach to build their own models; fed back ideas and inspirations for future developments
Impact Working papers, models and documentation, policy and research reports
Start Year 2013
 
Description SOUTHMOD 
Organisation United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research
Country Finland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided support in adapting the EUROMOD software and approach for use in the context of developing countries in Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia
Collaborator Contribution Coordination of a collaboration involving teams in 9 developing countries making use of our software and approach
Impact https://www.wider.unu.edu/publication/tax-benefit-microsimulation-and-income-redistribution-ecuador , work is ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description SPICe 
Organisation Scottish Parliament
Department Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The collaboration between ISER and the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has the following aims: 1) extending, testing and validating the UK module of EUROMOD, the tax and benefit microsimulation model of the European Union managed and maintained by ISER at Essex, to include tax and benefit reforms introduced in Scotland following the Smith's Commission Agreement and the devolution of new powers to the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government; 2) providing training to SPICe on new features of the model; 3) support SPICe with the analysis of actual or proposed tax and benefit policy reforms.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration relies on the development, maintenance and use of a Scottish module of EUROMOD which draws on the UK-EUROMOD module and includes specific Scottish reforms to the tax and benefit system. The collaboration is intended to result in better understanding of the needs of SPICe, which may results in further developments and improvements of EUROMOD tools; when possible, jointly dissemination of results by SPICe and Essex, with credit accruing to each.
Impact no publication outputs yet
Start Year 2015
 
Description Second generation immigrants 
Organisation McGill University
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Renee Luthra and Thomas Soehl have collaborated on multiple projects related to the children of immigrants
Collaborator Contribution Renee Luthra and Thomas Soehl have collaborated on multiple projects related to the children of immigrants
Impact Luthra, Renee Reichl and Thomas Soehl. 2015. "From parent to child? Variation in the strength of educational transmission in immigrant families: methodological implications" Demography 52(2): 543-567.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Second generation immigrants in the USA 
Organisation University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Renee Luthra and Roger Waldinger have collaborated on multiple projects related to the children of immigrants in the USA.
Collaborator Contribution Renee Luthra and Roger Waldinger have collaborated on multiple projects related to the children of immigrants in the USA.
Impact Luthra, Renee Reichl, Roger Waldinger and Thomas Soehl. 2017. "Reconceptualizing Context: A multi-level model of the context of reception and second generation educational attainment" International Migration Review. Luthra, Renee and Lucinda Platt. 2016. "Elite or middling? International students and migrant diversification" Ethnicities 16(2): 316-344. Luthra, Renee Reichl and Roger Waldinger. 2013. "Intergenerational Mobility among Immigrants and their Descendents" Ch 6 in David Card and Steven Raphael (eds) Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. Luthra, Renee and Roger Waldinger. 2010. "A path to convergence: Labor market outcomes of Mexican origin workers" International Migration Review 44(4): 830-868. Waldinger, Roger and Renee Reichl. 2007. "Today's Second Generation: Getting Ahead or Falling Behind?" Ch 4 in Micheal Fix (ed) Securing the Future: US Immigrant Integration Policy, A Reader. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.
 
Description Social situation observatory/monitor 
Organisation Applica
Country Belgium 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contributed analysis based on EUROMOD to a programme of work commissioned by the European Commission; contributed ideas for such work and comments and suggestions on the the work of other participants in the consortium
Collaborator Contribution Coordination and management of the programme and its funding;
Impact Many working papers and journal articles, all reported separately
 
Description Sonia Bhalotra & Damian Clarke 
Organisation University of Santiago, Chile
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have led the research ideas and design of econometric strategies and writing of papers
Collaborator Contribution My collaborator has led the writing of complex code, implementation of econometric estimation and overall help with writing.
Impact We have one paper R&R at Review of Economics and Statistics and 3 papers in progress.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Sonia Bhalotra & Jere Behrman 
Organisation University of Pennsylvania
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Behrman and I were co-Pis on a GCC funded consortium on early life risk factors for cognitive development.
Collaborator Contribution Behrman and I were co-Pis on a GCC funded consortium on early life risk factors for cognitive development.
Impact Paper for Disease Control Priorities Project WHO. Outputs of consortium on linked url. Collaboration is multi-disciplinary. Although Behrman and I are economists the wider team includes other disciplines.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Sonia Bhalotra & Joanna Maselko 
Organisation University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department Gillings School of Global Public Health
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Maselko and I were initially co-funded on two research awards from Grand Challenges Canada to conduct a longitudinal follow-up of a randomized control trial of maternal depression. Maselko then got a new NIH grant for a second similar follow up study in which i am involved as a collaborator.
Collaborator Contribution Maselko and I were initially co-funded on two research awards from Grand Challenges Canada to conduct a longitudinal follow-up of a randomized control trial of maternal
Impact Three published papers (see CV); two papers in mimeograph; two in planning stages.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Sonia Bhalotra, Lakshmi Iyer & Irma Clots-Figueras 
Organisation Charles III University of Madrid
Department Department of Economics
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have worked equally with collaborators in design and writing of papers
Collaborator Contribution My collaborators have worked equally with me in design and writing.
Impact Three papers published (AEJ, JEBO, EJ); three in progress
Start Year 2012
 
Description Sonia Bhalotra, Lakshmi Iyer & Irma Clots-Figueras 
Organisation University of Notre Dame
Department Department of Economics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have worked equally with collaborators in design and writing of papers
Collaborator Contribution My collaborators have worked equally with me in design and writing.
Impact Three papers published (AEJ, JEBO, EJ); three in progress
Start Year 2012
 
Description Sonia Bhalotra, Martin Karlsson & Therese Nilssoon 
Organisation Lund University
Department Department of Economics
Country Sweden 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have led the design and the writing of papers
Collaborator Contribution My collaborators have led the data collection and estimation
Impact One paper published in JEEA, a 2nd as a IZA WP Dec 2016.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Sonia Bhalotra, Martin Karlsson & Therese Nilssoon 
Organisation University Duisburg-Essen
Department Department of Economics
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have led the design and the writing of papers
Collaborator Contribution My collaborators have led the data collection and estimation
Impact One paper published in JEEA, a 2nd as a IZA WP Dec 2016.
Start Year 2012
 
Description University of Bergen - Department of Economics 
Organisation University of Bergen
Department Department of Economics
Country Norway 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborative partnership with the University of Bergen, Department of Economics. The collaboration consists in participating in some activities of the Department of Economics at the University of Bergen (Norway), such as workshops and seminars. It also involves taking the lead on a new research project aimed at analysing the long-term effects on health of a large expansion in universal child care in the 70s.
Collaborator Contribution The other partners to the project are all current staff members at the University of Bergen and will provide the data to be analysed. The process of data acquisition has taken a long time as some of the data was subject to strict confidentiality requirements, particularly the data held on GP records and on hospital records. This data is being matched to data at the municipality level which records the availability of child care in the period of interest. Additional survey data on several cohorts of children affected by the expansion in child care places and collected while at school is also being matched.
Impact We are at the stage where the dataset is being prepared for the analysis. The main administrative datasets have been linked, while the survey data is still to be matched. Initial analysis of the data is underway. It is expected a working paper will be available in late 2018.
Start Year 2014
 
Description University of Queensland 
Organisation University of Queensland
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, hosted by the University of Queensland, will be an international academic collaboration, with 32 Chief Investigators, Partner Investigators, and Associate Investigators and 21 Partner Organisations. MiSoC's Heather Laurie will be one of the International Partner Investigators, and the University of Essex will be a partner organisation
Collaborator Contribution The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, hosted by the University of Queensland, will be an international academic collaboration, with 32 Chief Investigators, Partner Investigators, and Associate Investigators and 21 Partner Organisations. MiSoC's Heather Laurie will be one of the International Partner Investigators, and the University of Essex will be a partner organisation
Impact http://www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/
Start Year 2014
 
Description Using EUROMOD in the Scottish parliament 
Organisation Scottish Parliament
Department Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provision of support and training in the use of EUROMOD to analyse changes in tax-benefit policy in Scotland; adaptations of EUROMOD to make it suitable for Scottish-specific analysis
Collaborator Contribution Use of our work to improve the understanding of the effects of policy reform in Scottish political debates; information about key issues for Scottish policy development
Impact http://www.parliament.scot/Budget/SRIT_Deciles/SRIT_Deciles.html https://www.euromod.ac.uk/sites/default/files/newsletters/EUROMOD-News-February-2016_0.pdf#page=2
Start Year 2014
 
Description What Works Wellbeing 
Organisation What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ISER researchers contribute to the Centre's Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme, focused on protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of workers, adult learners and those seeking work. We also co-host events with, and ISER researchers contribute blogs to the Centre.
Collaborator Contribution Over three years, the What Works Centre for Wellbeing will enable policy-makers, local authorities, employers and others to use evidence of wellbeing impact in decision making and to improve people's lives, by translating academic evaluation of wellbeing measures into easy-to-use information about effectiveness, cost and applicability.
Impact 6 September 2017, blog by Alita Nandi: https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/09/06/job-related-learning-who-benefits-and-how-much; 6 June 2017, blog by Dr Gundi Knies https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/06/06/what-makes-children-happy; 3 November 2017, co-hosted event with the Centre on What Makes Children Unhappy https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-makes-children-unhappy-new-research-findings-tickets-37868816650#
Start Year 2015
 
Description Who takes Unpaid Internships in Science? (Holford) 
Organisation University of St Andrews
Department School of Economics and Finance
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Access to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE), and pre-existing work to build on, on both managing this data and writing about the topic of unpaid graduate internships.
Collaborator Contribution Connections to and initial contact with the two co-authors who have written on the topic of unpaid internships specifically from a science perspective, to whose work the DLHE data can add a significant weight. Financial support to organize and pay travel to a workshop of co-authors in St Andrews (enabling us to work otgether in the same room).
Impact The project is multi-disciplinary, between Economics (Holford and Leighton) and Science (Fournier and Bond, both Wildlife Ecologists by training and occupation). We held a Knowledge Exchange workshop at the University of St Andrews in July 2017, and are writing a research paper which uses a social science dataset but which will be written for a science audience. We intend to submit this the journal 'Science' in January 2018. Completed in 2019 with publication in PLOS ONE "Unpaid work and access to science professions" and associated articles in Science and American Scientist, generating discussion in the physical sciences professional community about the use of unpaid work in research projects..
Start Year 2017
 
Title (Brewer) Stata ado-file Hansen.ado to estimate robust FGLS on balanced group-time panel data-set 
Description A Stata ado-file, Hansen.ado, which estimates robust FGLS on a balanced group-time panel data-set. This is discussed in https://doi.org/10.1515/jem-2017-0005 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Other researchers are implementing the method 
URL https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jem.ahead-of-print/jem-2017-0005/suppl/jem-2017-0005_suppl.zip
 
Title Stata software: bicop 
Description A new command, called BICOP, written for the statistical package Stata. The command allows the user to fit a model consisting of a pair of ordinal regressions with a flexible residual distribution, with each marginal distribution specified as a two-part normal mixture, and stochastic dependence governed by a choice of copula functions. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The code is described in an Understanding Society Working Paper. It is being made freely available to potential users. We have had 8 requests so far. A revised version of the working paper describing the command and an application to Understanding Society data has been accepted for publication in the Stata Journal, and we expect its use to grow considerably when that article appears. 
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/research/publications/working-paper/understanding-society/201...
 
Title eq5dmap: Statistical software for mapping between the EQ-5D-3L and EQ-5D-5L measures of health outcomes in cost-effectiveness evaluations 
Description Freely available for use with the Stata statistical software package. eq5dmap is a Stata command for prediction of the utility values of EQ-5D-5L (EQ-5D-3L) from observed or specified values of EQ-5D-3L (EQ-5D-5L) conditional on age and gender. Predictions can be made either from the five-item health descriptions or from the (exact or approximate) utility score. The prediction process is based on a joint statistical model of the two variants of EQ-5D that have been fit to alternative reference datasets (the National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases and a EuroQol Group coordinated data-collection study). The underlying model is a system of ordinal regressions with a flexible residual distribution specified as Gaussian or as a copula mixture. Use of the command is illustrated with an application that includes an investigation of the sensitivity of the mapping outcomes to the choice of reference dataset. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Use of the software has so far been acknowledged in 4 published papers but it is too early to know how extensive use will eventually be. 
URL https://www.stata-journal.com/article.html?article=st0528
 
Description BLOG (6th September 2017): Job-related learning: who benefits, and how much? (Alita Nandi) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Alita Nandi draws out the findings from the What Works Wellbeing's latest analysis on the wellbeing benefits of job-related training
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/09/06/job-related-learning-who-benefits-and-how-much
 
Description MEDIA (1st December 2016): ISER news story: Integration realities and perception: what can and should governments do to address divisive narratives? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MEDIA (1st December 2016): ISER news story: Integration realities and perception: what can and should governments do to address divisive narratives? Professor Shamit Saggar's new work for the Policy Network looks at inclusive integration and social cohesion in divisive times
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2016/12/01/integration-realities-and-perception-what-can-and-should-gov...
 
Description News: How the graduate boom may be boosting high skill jobs growth in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) claimed that the UK is one of the very few EU countries which saw larger growth in low-skill jobs than in high-skill ones between 1996 and 2008. All this at a time when the share of graduates in the economy increased dramatically.

However, in an article for The Conversation, Andrea Salvatori and colleagues Seetha Menon and Wouter Zwysen explain how new studies for ISER into job polarisation have uncovered flaws in the data and new evidence that in fact graduates are getting high skill jobs and that this sector is growing.

Shared information, informed decision making
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2015/09/23/how-the-graduate-boom-may-be-boosting-high-skill-jobs-growth...
 
Description "Family instability throughout childhood: new estimates from the British Household Panel Study and Understanding Society" presentation at CLOSER conference, November 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

None known,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/conference2015/
 
Description "Family instability throughout childhood: new estimates from the British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society" presentation at Understanding Society conference, July 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards, including discussion with researchers from Uni of Southampton working on similar issues.

None known.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/research/publications/523154
 
Description "What works" type one-day event on harassment - Pooling and comparing the latest evidence on harassment, its causes and consequences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This workshop was designed to bring together researchers working in the area of hate crimes (from the University of Oxford, University of Sussex, University of Manchester) and practitioners where researchers would present the most recent evidence on hate crimes that would be useful for practitioners. Another aim was to build stronger ties both across these different research groups as well as with third sector organisations working in this area. This was an invitation only event to make sure key organisations would attend who would disseminate the findings of these research further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Deep poverty' for older severely disabled people as gap grows between care costs and social support 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presented new research.

Timely research given the closure of the ILF
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2015/06/23/deep-poverty-for-older-severely-disabled
 
Description (11th November 2016): Submission of written evidence to Parliament's "The impact of exiting the European Union on higher education inquiry" (Renee Luthra, Greta Morando) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact POLICY: (11th November 2016): Submission of written evidence to Parliament's "The impact of exiting the European Union on higher education inquiry" (Renee Luthra, Greta Morando)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description (Brewer & Jenkins) Roundtable on measuring incomes and inequality hosted by Resolution Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact At an event hosted by the Resolution Foundation, MiSoC's Prof Stephen Jenkins presented his work on the SPI adjustment and measuring very top incomes, and Prof Mike Brewer presented results of the measuring household finances component of the UKHLS IP9 experiment
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description (Brewer) Launch event on 2017 work on Universal Credit with Resolution Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A jointly-authored report was launched at an event hosted by the Resolution Foundation. The event raised the profile of the report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/events/creditworthy-making-universal-credit-fit-for-purpose/
 
Description (February 2016): Written evidence published by the House of Commons Women and Equality Select Committee Inquiry into Employment Opportunities for Muslims in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact (February 2016): Written evidence published by the House of Commons Women and Equality Select Committee Inquiry into Employment Opportunities for Muslims in the UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/women-and-equalitie...
 
Description 24 June 2015: Meeting the costs of disability and independent living, House of Lords Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 1. The closure of the Independent Living Fund: how is it affecting users?
2. Disability in later life: how well do disability benefits and publicly-funded social care meet the costs?

Presenting new research. Lady Campbell of Surbiton, former Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and and cross-bench peer, hosted a seminar at the House of Lords on 24 June to discuss new research on meeting the costs of disability and independent living. The event brought together academic researchers, MPs, policy think-tanks, charities and the private sector to explore the early findings of two ESRC-funded research projects led by the University of East Anglia (Professor Ruth Hancock and Dr Marcello Morciano) and the University of Essex (Professor Stephen Pudney)


Informed debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description 5th March 2015: MEDIA: The Director of Public Affairs at the insurance company Unum writes on the importance of ISER research on sickness and absence for business and new policy making in Society Central 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 5th March 2015: MEDIA: The Director of Public Affairs at the insurance company Unum writes on the importance of ISER research on sickness and absence for business and new policy making in Society Central
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://societycentral.ac.uk/2015/03/05/sickness-health-insurance-proposal/
 
Description 9-11 September 2015: Expert workshop 'Evaluating the effect of Childcare policies: improving comparative research tools' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Workshop organised and funded by the InGRID project, and hosted by MiSoC at the University of Essex, open to researchers engaged in the topic of the distributive and labour supply impact of childcare policies, administrators collecting and processing data on national childcare policies, policy-makers and international organisations.
Themes:
• Childcare and the impact on maternal employment: ex post analyses (e.g. using (quasi-) experi-ments).
• Childcare and the impact on maternal employment: ex ante analyses.
• Childcare policies and their distributive impact: first-order effects using microsimulation tools.
• Childcare policies and their distributive impact: incorporating second-order effects.
• Childcare policies and inequality in access and use.
• Data and methods: what data and infrastructural developments are needed to move forward academic research on childcare?


Informed debate, shared research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://inclusivegrowth.be/events/call25/expert-workshop-call25
 
Description A Secularist Response to the report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In March 2016 a panel of experts met to consider the recently-published report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life. David Voas was among them. Its own report (entitled: 'A Secularist Response') was published in November 2016 and launched in London at an event at the Shard for an audience of politicians, journalists and members of third sector organisations. The panel argues for an end to unjustified religious privilege as a step towards ensuring that the rights and freedoms of all citizens are afforded equal weight and protection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/people/kettell/a-secularist-response
 
Description A better version of Universal Credit could help more women into work 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Raising awareness of new report

Potential to influence policy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2015/06/08/universalcreditreform
 
Description A talk on the effects of the 2008 Lone Parents Obligations [LSE Case Welfare Policy and Analysis Seminars] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact I presented the most recent version of an impact assessment commissioned by the DWP on the impact of Lone Parent Obligations on lone parent's employment and benefit receipt. The audience was interested in how findings from that assessment could be used to inform current discussions about Universal Credit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Access to free part-time pre-school education and early educational achievement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was an academic presentation and its main aim was to share information about our study with fellow researchers. The talk generated interesting feedback.

n/a
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Access to free part-time pre-school education and early educational achievement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This was an academic presentation and its main aim was to share information about our study with fellow researchers. The talk generated interesting feedback.

This talk was presented at Tinbergen Institute (Amsterdam), November 2014
IFS (London), February 2015
University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), February 2015

n/a
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
 
Description Advice to the the Greek National Statiscial Institute (C. Leventi, Feb 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting at the Greek National Statiscial Institute to discuss possible improvements to the EU-SILC questionnaire. EU-SILC data are used to for the derivation of the official poverty & inequality estimates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Advisory Board, Lancet theme on Women in Science, Medicine and Public Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Sonia Bhalotra invited by the Chief Editor of the Lancet to act on an international Advisory Board for a current theme on Women in Science, Medicine and Public Health "given her expertise in gender and public health".
Note that the dropdown menu below does not allow for a future impact but the impact stated will be in the coming year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food - Holford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I attended the final All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on School Food of 2019, at which I briefly introduced the research I am conducting, but mostly learned about current political situation with respect to the topic of school food, and afterwards had more detailed conversations with civil servants from the Department for Education. I have subsequently been approached by several participants in the meeting for more information, and these will all be invited to future disemmination events and received research outputs

I am on the waiting list to present research findings at a future APPG.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/190213/school-food.html
 
Description Amy Clair - Attendance at Making Ends Meet hosted by MP Alison McGovern 12th July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A small group which included 3 MPs met to discuss poverty and how to end the need for foodbanks. I had previously sent the MP's assistant a copy of my Foodbanks paper. The results of the discussions and research collected will be collated by the MP's assistant into a report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Amy Clair - ESRC Festival of Social Sciences - Home, health and wellbeing: new research - 6th November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MiSoC arranged an ESRC Festival of Social Sciences event around my research, with presentations by myself, other researchers, and people working in housing policy. There was also a panel including people from Generation Rent, What Works for Wellbeing, and The Resolution Foundation, followed by questions from the audience. The event was open to anyone that wanted to attend.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Amy Clair - Press release, press contact, and article in The Conversation for 'Housing and Health: new evidence using biomarker data' paper, February 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact JECH and MiSoC both released press releases about the paper, and as a result I engaged with journalists from the Daily Mail, Times and Telegraph. I also heard from an analyst at Shelter interested in the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description An article in Discover Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I wrote a short article of around 1500 words for the Discover Society (https://discoversociety.org/) in response to the government's Integrated Communities Strategy Paper 2018. As is explained on its website "Discover Society is published by Social Research Publications, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee for the publication of social research, policy analysis and commentary."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://discoversociety.org/2018/05/01/ethnicity-and-integration/
 
Description Article on Unpaid Work and Access to Science Professions in American Scientist - Holford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A magazine article in American Scientist based on the findings of PLoS ONE co-authored paper "Unpaid Work and Access to Science Professions".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.americanscientist.org/article/a-bad-deal-for-early-career-researchers
 
Description Article on the relationship between family background and labour market outcomes published in Observatorio Social "La Caixa" (in Spanish) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A brief outline of the main results of a study on the links between social origin/family background and labour market outcomes in 5 countries was published in Observatorio Social "La Caixa" (in Spanish). The Observatorio is a platform financed by the Spanish bank "La Caixa" intended to both educate the public about social and economci issues and to foster debate around those issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://observatoriosociallacaixa.org/es/-/situacion-laboral-y-origen-familiar-en-europa-durante-la-...
 
Description Article written for the Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact We wrote an article in the Conversation, based on the research conducted as part of the project, specifically, about the prevalence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on mental health. The title was "How ethnic and racial harassment damages mental health"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://theconversation.com/how-ethnic-and-racial-harassment-damages-mental-health-73076
 
Description BBC 5Live Radio Debate, re. Saturday Jobs, (Holford 16/6/2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact To put 'inspiring life story' of millionaire who left school with no qualifications into perspective with info on research on effects of combining paid work with study nowadays.



(Too early to say)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05yl3t6#auto
 
Description BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio Interview (re. Saturday Jobs, 16-06-2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Conversation was subject for phone-in discussions. Interview was in response to report from UK Employment and Skills Commission on decline in Saturday jobs and labour market problems this creates.

(Too early to say).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7st/broadcasts/2015/06
 
Description BBC Essex interview with Sadie Nine (Silvia Avram, 1 October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on BBC Essex with Sadie Nine on the new minimum wage announced by Sajid Javid.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC Essex radio interview (re. Saturday jobs, 1 April 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Follow-up questions during interview gave platform to explain benefits of longitudinal over cross-sectional surveys.


Benefits/disadvantages of Saturday jobs for teenagers became subject of radio phone-in for following hour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p008c09v/episodes/guide
 
Description BBC London interivew on adolsecent social media use and well-being 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Live in-studio interview with BBC London News on research on social media use and well-being in adolescence. An SSC policy piece used this research and came up with some controversial conclusions which sparked media interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBC Radio interviews 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Conducted radio interviews with several BBC radio station to discuss research on social media use and well-being among adolescents. Interest was sparked based on a discussion paper written by the Strategic Society Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBC Three Counties Radio interview with Roberto Perrone (Silvia Avram, 23 January 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with BBC Three Counties Radio with Roberto Perrone on taxation and inequality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BLOG ( 30th March 2015): Minority Report: Ethnic minorities in Britain are experiencing contrasting fortunes when we look at pay and poverty (Alita Nandi, Paul Fisher, Malcolm Brynin, Simonetta Longhi) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG ( 30th March 2015): Minority Report: Ethnic minorities in Britain are experiencing contrasting fortunes when we look at pay and poverty (Alita Nandi, Paul Fisher, Malcolm Brynin, Simonetta Longhi)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2015/03/30/minority-report
 
Description BLOG (11th September 2017) How female foeticide has influenced fertility and parental investments in girls (Sonia Bhalotra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Sonia Bhalotra investigates how the introduction of ultrasound technology in India has affected how many girls are born there, and their subsequent quality of life
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/09/11/how-female-foeticide-has-influenced-fertility-and-paren...
 
Description BLOG (14th August 2015) Universal benefits? What effects does early education have on childhood development and women's career choices? Birgitta Rabe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (14th August 2015) Universal benefits? What effects does early education have on childhood development and women's career choices? Birgitta Rabe
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2015/08/14/universal-benefits
 
Description BLOG (14th January 2019): The feminisation of Indian politics is an exciting phenomenon of our time (Sonia Bhalotra, opinion piece for the Hindustan Times) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (14th January 2019): The feminisation of Indian politics is an exciting phenomenon of our time (Sonia Bhalotra, opinion piece for the Hindustan Times)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2019/01/14/the-feminisation-of-indian-politics-is-an-exciting-phen...
 
Description BLOG (14th November 2017) Do unpaid interns benefit from the experience? Or who is hurt the least? (Angus Holford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Angus Holford describes new research on the pay back from working for nothing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/11/14/do-unpaid-interns-benefit-from-the-experience-or-who-is...
 
Description BLOG (14th November 2017): Understanding Brexit (Nicole Martin) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Nicole Martin describes research projects planned using unique new data on attitudes to the UK leaving the European Union.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/11/14/understanding-brexit
 
Description BLOG (16th January 2016): Where does the money go? Understanding household incomes and spending 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (16th January 2016): Where does the money go? Understanding household incomes and spending (Annette Jäckle and Tom Crossley)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/01/16/where-does-the-money-go
 
Description BLOG (17th October 2016): Maternal Depression, Parenting Behaviours and Child Development: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial (Sonia Bhalotra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (17th October 2016): Maternal Depression, Parenting Behaviours and Child Development: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial. Together with co-authors Victoria Baranov, Pietro Biroli and Joanna Maselko, Professor Sonia Bhalotra investigates the causes of depression in mothers and how this affects their parenting style and the subsequent developmental outcomes of their children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/10/17/maternal-depression-parenting-behaviours-and-child-deve...
 
Description BLOG (17th October 2016): The Long-term Impact of Treating Maternal Depression: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Pakistan (Sonia Bhalotra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (17th October 2016): The Long-term Impact of Treating Maternal Depression: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Pakistan. Together with co-authors Victoria Baranov and Joanna Maselko, Professor Sonia Bhalotra investigates how recurrent depression in mothers and how this affects their employment and household income.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/10/17/the-long-term-impact-of-treating-maternal-depression-ev...
 
Description BLOG (1st February 2016): Living with hate and harassment: The impact on the health of ethnic minorities in the UK (Alita Nandi, Renee Luthra, Michaela Benzeval, Shamit Saggar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (1st February 2016): Living with hate and harassment: The impact on the health of ethnic minorities in the UK (Alita Nandi, Renee Luthra, Michaela Benzeval, Shamit Saggar)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/02/01/living-with-hate-and-harassment
 
Description BLOG (1st March 2016): On youth and happiness in a rapidly changing world (Cara Booker and Gundi Knies) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (1st March 2016): On youth and happiness in a rapidly changing world (Cara Booker and Gundi Knies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/03/01/on-youth-and-happiness-in-a-rapidly-changing-world
 
Description BLOG (20th April 2017): The prevalence of painfully thin in the unemployed (Dr Amanda Hughes) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Being underweight may be an overlooked but crucial factor linking unemployment and poor health in the UK says Dr Amanda Hughes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/04/20/the-prevalence-of-painfully-thin-in-the-unemployed
 
Description BLOG (20th July 2016): Getting the most from political panel data. Nicole Martin and Anja Neundorf 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (20th July 2016): Getting the most from political panel data. Nicole Martin and Anja Neundorf. At the end of May, a small group of presenters gathered at the University of Essex to discuss the state of longitudinal methods in the discipline. Through a series of substantive papers demonstrating the utility of different techniques, a consensus grew that renewed awareness and engagement with longitudinal data can help us make real substantive discoveries - even in questions that appear to be settled with cross-sectional analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/07/20/getting-the-most-from-political-panel-data
 
Description BLOG (20th July 2017): The effect of policy reforms on wellbeing (H. Xavier Jara Tamayo) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (20th July 2017): The effect of policy reforms on wellbeing (H. Xavier Jara Tamayo). Dr H. Xavier Jara with Professor Erik Schokkaert from the University of Leuven investigates the importance of taking into consideration a broader range of wellbeing indicators to assess the potential effect of policy reforms
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/07/20/the-effect-of-policy-reforms-on-wellbeing
 
Description BLOG (20th March 2018) Mental health risks to girls who spend more than an hour a day on social media (Cara Booker for The Conversation) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Cara Booker's blog piece for The Conversation examines the health risks to children and young teens of increasing amounts of time on social media
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2018/03/20/mental-health-risks-to-girls-who-spend-more-than-an-hou...
 
Description BLOG (21st May 2015): Job loss solution. Getting back into work after job loss: the role of partner effects (Simonetta Longhi and Mark Bryan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (21st May 2015): Job loss solution. Getting back into work after job loss: the role of partner effects (Simonetta Longhi and Mark Bryan)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2015/05/21/job-loss-solution
 
Description BLOG (21st May 2018) Early gender gaps among university graduates ( Marco Francesconi & Matthias Parey) Blog article for the Centre for Economic Policy Research's VoxEU. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (21st May 2018) Early gender gaps among university graduates. MiSoC's Matthias Parey and MiSoC Research Associate Marco Francesconi investigate the gender pay gap by exploring the recent experience of university graduates in Germany soon after their graduation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2018/05/21/early-gender-gaps-among-university-graduates
 
Description BLOG (22nd March 2016) : Why we stick our heads in the sand about the risk of unemployment (Gush) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Karon Gush on how couples coped with the threat of job loss during the Recession, also in The Conversation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/03/22/why-we-stick-our-heads-in-the-sand-about-the-risk-of-un...
 
Description BLOG (22nd March 2017): On UNICEF World Water Day - new research on clean water and mortality rates (Sonia Bhalotra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Sonia Bhalotra describes new research on Urban Water Disinfection and Mortality Decline in Developing Countries
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/03/22/on-unicef-world-water-day-new-research-on-clean-water-a...
 
Description BLOG (25th August 2017) How maternal depression affects mothers and children (Sonia Bhalotra for the ESRC blog) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (25th August 2017) How maternal depression affects mothers and children (Sonia Bhalotra for the ESRC blog). Professor Sonia Bhalotra investigates the impact of low-cost community-based intervention on maternal depression
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/08/25/how-maternal-depression-affects-mothers-and-children
 
Description BLOG (25th August 2017): How maternal depression affects mothers and children (Sonia Bhalotra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Sonia Bhalotra investigates the impact of low-cost community-based intervention on maternal depression
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/08/25/how-maternal-depression-affects-mothers-and-children
 
Description BLOG (26th January 2019): Economic uncertainty and fertility cycles: The case of the post-WWII baby boom, Bastien Chabe-Ferret for VoxEU 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (26th January 2019): Economic uncertainty and fertility cycles: The case of the post-WWII baby boom Bastien Chabe-Ferret's blog for VoxEU
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://voxeu.org/article/economic-uncertainty-and-fertility-cycles
 
Description BLOG (26th October 2015): India, domestic violence and child mortality rates: The Conversation research by Seetha Menon, ISER PhD student 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (26th October 2015): India, domestic violence and child mortality rates: The Conversation research by Seetha Menon, ISER PhD student
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://theconversation.com/india-domestic-violence-and-child-mortality-rates-46660
 
Description BLOG (26th September 2016): Are female politicians better at managing economic policies? Professor Sonia Bhalotra on her new research on women in government in India. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (26th September 2016): Are female politicians better at managing economic policies? Professor Sonia Bhalotra on her new research on women in government in India.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/09/26/are-female-politicians-better-at-managing-economic-poli...
 
Description BLOG (26th September 2018): When gold prices go up, so does the cost of a dowry - and baby girl survival rates in India fall, blog for The Conversation by Sonia Bhalotra 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (26th September 2018): When gold prices go up, so does the cost of a dowry - and baby girl survival rates in India fall, blog for The Conversation by Sonia Bhalotra
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2018/09/26/when-gold-prices-go-up-so-does-the-cost-of-a-dowry-and-baby-...
 
Description BLOG (28th January 2019): How renting could affect your health, blog for The Conversation by Amy Clair & Amanda Hughes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (28th January 2019): How renting could affect your health, blog for The Conversation by Amy Clair & Amanda Hughes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://theconversation.com/how-renting-could-affect-your-health-110334
 
Description BLOG (28th March 2018) How India's bridal dowry tradition leads to missing women (Sonia Bhalotra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In a new discussion paper for the Centre for Economic Policy Research, Professor Sonia Bhalotra and her colleagues Abhishek Chakravarty of the University of Manchester and Selim Gulesci of Bocconi University investigate how the financial burden of dowry expectation contributes to the sex ratio imbalance in India
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2018/03/28/how-india-s-bridal-dowry-tradition-leads-to-missing-wom...
 
Description BLOG (29th May 2018): Skilled migrants have higher earning potential in countries with more inequality (Matthias Parey). 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (29th May 2018): Skilled migrants have higher earning potential in countries with more inequality (Matthias Parey). In their blog for the LSE Business Review, MiSoC's Matthias Parey, with colleagues Jens Ruhose (IZA), Fabian Waldinger (LSE) and Nicolai Netz (DZHW) investigate the migration patterns of high-skilled workers and find that they respond to economic incentives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2018/05/29/skilled-migrants-have-higher-earning-potential-in-count...
 
Description BLOG (29th October 2018): Women's inheritance rights and son preference in India Blog piece for Ideas for India (Sonia Bhalotra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (29th October 2018): Women's inheritance rights and son preference in India Blog piece for Ideas for India (Sonia Bhalotra)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ideasforindia.in/topics/social-identity/women-s-inheritance-rights-and-son-preference-in-...
 
Description BLOG (2nd August 2019): Inequality in the OECD is at a record high - and society is suffering as a result (The Conversation, Professor Mike Brewer) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (2nd August 2019): Inequality in the OECD is at a record high - and society is suffering as a result (Professor Mike Brewer's blog article for The Conversation)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://theconversation.com/inequality-in-the-oecd-is-at-a-record-high-and-society-is-suffering-as-a...
 
Description BLOG (30th October 2017): Sticking with the job - the benefits of in-work credits (Mike Brewer) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In new work funded by the Nuffield Foundation, Mike Brewer, Professor of Economics at ISER and Director of the ESRC- funded Research Centre on Micro-Social Change, together with Jonathan Cribb from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, come to a positive conclusion on the advantages of time-limited in-work benefits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/10/30/sticking-with-the-job-the-benefits-of-in-work-credits
 
Description BLOG (30th September 2015): New ways of measuring poverty. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (30th September 2015): New ways of measuring poverty. Measuring poverty to understand how policies could best combat inequality will remain a priority for policy makers and poverty campaigners. Professor Mike Brewer describes ISER's innovative approaches to analysing poverty data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2015/09/30/new-ways-of-measuring-poverty
 
Description BLOG (5th August 2019): UKMOD: a new, free-to-use, tax-and-benefit microsimulation model for the UK (Professor Mike Brewer) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Mike Brewer introduces an innovative project to create a new open access model for testing UK tax and benefit policies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2019/08/05/ukmod-a-new-free-to-use-tax-and-benefit-microsimulation...
 
Description BLOG (6th August 2018): Lower child mortality: a boost to women's labour market opportunities, Sonia Bhalotra's blog for Global Dev 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (6th August 2018): Lower child mortality: a boost to women's labour market opportunities, Sonia Bhalotra's blog for Global Dev
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.globaldev.blog/blog/lower-child-mortality-boost-women%E2%80%99s-labor-market-opportunitie...
 
Description BLOG (6th June 2017): What makes children happy? Gundi Knies writes blog post for What Works Wellbeing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Gundi Knies looks at the impact of family incomes in a new blog for What Works Wellbeing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/06/06/what-makes-children-happy
 
Description BLOG (7 November 2017): Impactful Social Science - How Social Science is helping to tackle global grand challenges (Shamit Saggar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (7 November 2017): Impactful Social Science - How Social Science is helping to tackle global grand challenges (Shamit Saggar)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/11/07/blog-impactful-social-science-how-social-science-is-hel...
 
Description BLOG (7th September 2016): Out of work again? The psychological impacts of repeated unemployment (Cara Booker) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Work employment

Researchers Cara Booker from the University of Essex and Amanda Sacker at the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies at UCL used the long-running British Household Panel Survey to examine the psychological well-being of people who have repeatedly lost their jobs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/09/07/out-of-work-again-the-psychological-impacts-of-repeated...
 
Description BLOG (8th August 2019) How do students want to fund Higher Education? (Dr Angus Holford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (8th August 2019) How do students want to fund Higher Education?
Dr Angus Holford describes ISER's innovative study of a unique cohort of current students to find out how much they understand about our complex student funding system and what they think would be fair for future students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2019/08/08/how-do-students-want-to-fund-higher-education
 
Description BLOG (8th August 2019): Stress levels of working mothers: what could help improve their health? Dr Cara Booker 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (8th August 2019): Stress levels of working mothers: what could help improve their health? Dr Cara Booker on her research with Professor Meena Kumari, Professor Michaela Benzeval and Professor Tarani Chandola (Manchester)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2019/08/08/stress-levels-of-working-mothers-what-could-help-improv...
 
Description BLOG (8th November 2016): Does women's education reduce rates of death in childbirth? Sonia Bhalotra 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (8th November 2016): Does women's education reduce rates of death in childbirth? Maternal mortality rates need to be reduced by two-thirds over the next 15 years to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. New research by Professor Sonia Bhalotra (University of Essex) and Professor Damian Clarke (University of Santiago de Chile) shows that a focus on girls' education may be one means of meeting this objective.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/11/08/does-women-s-education-reduce-rates-of-death-in-childbi...
 
Description BLOG (9th April 2018): Religion and abortion: The role of politician identity (Sonia Bhalotra for Ideas for India) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In a column for Ideas for India, Professor Sonia Bhalotra and her colleagues Irma Clots-Figueras of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Lakshmi Iyer of the University of Notre Dame introduce their new research paper which examines whether the religious identity of legislators influences abortion rates in the districts in which they are elected, conditional upon their party affiliation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2018/04/09/religion-and-abortion-the-role-of-politician-identity
 
Description BLOG (9th December 2018): Are female legislators good for economic growth? (Sonia Bhalotra, blog article for the International Growth Centre / Ideas for India) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (9th December 2018): Are female legislators good for economic growth? (Sonia Bhalotra, blog article for the International Growth Centre / Ideas for India)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2018/12/09/women-legislators-and-economic-performance
 
Description BLOG (9th January 2017): Free childcare and parents' labour supply: is more better? (Mike Brewer) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mike Brewer explores whether the government's programme of free, part-time, childcare or early education for 3 and 4 year olds helps parents to undertake paid work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2017/01/09/free-childcare-and-parents-labour-supply-is-more-better
 
Description BLOG (October 2016): Benefits of time (Emilia Del Bono). Professor Emilia Del Bono 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (October 2016): Benefits of time (Emilia Del Bono). Professor Emilia Del Bono, together with Marco Francesconi (University of Essex), Yvonne Kelly and Amanda Sacker (both of UCL) explore whether more time with mothers may be better for children's development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/10/01/benefits-of-time
 
Description BLOG (September 2018): Basic income, testing of a fascinating policy ( Iva Tasseva, published in Taking the Long View) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (September 2018): Basic income, testing of a fascinating policy ( Iva Tasseva, published in Taking the Long View)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/system/annual_reports/file_downloads/000/000/021/original/ttlv-2018.pdf...
 
Description BLOG (September 2018): Beyond Shelter, the role of home in health and wellbeing (Amy Clair, published in Taking the Long View) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (September 2018): Beyond Shelter, the role of home in health and wellbeing (Amy Clair, published in Taking the Long View)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BLOG (September 2018): Empowering women leads to a decline in deaths surrounding childbirth (Sonia Bhalotra, published in Taking the Long View) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (September 2018): Empowering women leads to a decline in deaths surrounding childbirth (Sonia Bhalotra, published in Taking the Long View)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/system/annual_reports/file_downloads/000/000/021/original/ttlv-2018.pdf...
 
Description BLOG (September 2018): Health messages can save lives and money (Paul Fisher, Adeline Delavande, Sonia Bhalotra, published in Taking the Long View) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (September 2018): Health messages can save lives and money (Paul Fisher, Adeline Delavande, Sonia Bhalotra, published in Taking the Long View)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/system/annual_reports/file_downloads/000/000/021/original/ttlv-2018.pdf...
 
Description BLOG (September 2018): Racial Harassment has damaging impact on mental health (Alita Nandi & Renee Luthra), published in Taking the Long view annual report 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (September 2018): Racial Harassment has damaging impact on mental health (Alita Nandi & Renee Luthra), published in Taking the Long view annual report
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/system/annual_reports/file_downloads/000/000/021/original/ttlv-2018.pdf...
 
Description BLOG (September 2018): Sticking with the course (university drop-out rates) (Angus Holford and Emilia Del Bono, published in Taking the Long View) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (September 2018): Sticking with the course (university drop-out rates) (Angus Holford and Emilia Del Bono, published in Taking the Long View)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/system/annual_reports/file_downloads/000/000/021/original/ttlv-2018.pdf...
 
Description BLOG (September 2018): The Ticking Clock, the genetics of fertility traits (Nicola Barban, published in Taking the Long View) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (September 0218): The Ticking Clock, the genetics of fertility traits (Nicola Barban, published in Taking the Long View)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/system/annual_reports/file_downloads/000/000/021/original/ttlv-2018.pdf...
 
Description BLOG (September 2018): The consequences of occupational decline - will robots and offshoring leave workers unemployable (Bernhard Schmidpeter, published in Taking the Long View) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (September 2018): The consequences of occupational decline - will robots and offshoring leave workers unemployable (Bernhard Schmidpeter, published in Taking the Long View)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/system/annual_reports/file_downloads/000/000/021/original/ttlv-2018.pdf...
 
Description BLOG (September 2018): Too many gaps in UK pay (Malcolm Brynin, published in Taking the Long View) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (September 2018): Too many gaps in UK pay (Malcolm Brynin, published in Taking the Long View)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/system/annual_reports/file_downloads/000/000/021/original/ttlv-2018.pdf...
 
Description BLOG (September 2018): Understanding NEETS: Why are young women most likely to be economically inactive? (Susan Harkness, published in Taking the Long View) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG (September 2018): Understanding NEETS: Why are young women most likely to be economically inactive? (Susan Harkness, published in Taking the Long View)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/system/annual_reports/file_downloads/000/000/021/original/ttlv-2018.pdf...
 
Description BLOG: (16th July 2015): Role Model Effects? Women's Political Participation in India (Sonia Bhalotra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG: (16th July 2015): Role Model Effects? Women's Political Participation in India. Professor Bhalotra from ISER, Irma Clots-Figueras of Carlos III Madrid and Lakshmi Iyer of Harvard Business School have analyzed role model effects in Indian politics, focusing on competitive elections to state legislative assemblies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2015/07/06/role-model-effects-women-s-political-participation-in-i...
 
Description BLOG: (16th May 2015): A Leap Of Faith. Professor David Voas on Islam's growing popularity and global population 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG: (16th May 2015): A Leap Of Faith. Professor David Voas on Islam's growing popularity and global population
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2015/05/16/a-leap-of-faith-islam-s-growing-popularity-and-global-p...
 
Description BLOG: (16th October 2015): 3rd anniversary of Roundhouse Happiness Project (Gundi Knies) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG: (16th October 2015): On the 3rd anniversary of her involvement in the project, Gundi Knies' ESRC Impact blog reflects on how her research became the basis for an unusual arts and science collaboration: "The Happiness Project".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://blog.esrc.ac.uk/2015/10/16/are-we-looking-for-happiness-in-all-the-wrong-places-an-academics...
 
Description BLOG: (19th March 2015): Breaking down the barriers to social mobility. How does where you grow up affect your life chances? Wouter Zwysen 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG: (19th March 2015): Breaking down the barriers to social mobility. How does where you grow up affect your life chances? Wouter Zwysen
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2015/03/19/breaking-down-the-barriers-to-social-mobility
 
Description BLOG: (22nd June 2015): Saturday jobs and the damage to grades (Angus Holford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG: (22nd June 2015): Saturday jobs and the damage to grades. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills report Death of the Saturday Job picks up on a growing trend away from part-time work as school children compete for the few part-time jobs and many decide to concentrate on school work. A study by Dr Angus Holford found that part-time employment is having an impact on some children - but not all.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2015/06/22/saturday-jobs-and-the-damage-to-grades
 
Description BLOG: (27th April 2017): How ethnic and racial harassment damages mental health (Alita Nandi and Renee Luthra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG: (27th April 2017): How ethnic and racial harassment damages mental health, The Conversation, blog by Alita Nandi and Renee Luthra
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://theconversation.com/how-ethnic-and-racial-harassment-damages-mental-health-73076
 
Description BLOG: (27th November 2014): Would more free childcare get more mothers into work? Professor Mike Brewer on his study which finds free childcare places are expensive and ineffective. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG: (27th November 2014): Would more free childcare get more mothers into work? Professor Mike Brewer on his study which finds free childcare places are expensive and ineffective.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2014/11/27/would-more-free-childcare-get-more-mothers-into-work
 
Description BLOG: (2nd April 2015): Integrating health and social care. Professor Stephen Pudney asks is it the future? What could happen now? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG: (2nd April 2015): Integrating health and social care. Professor Stephen Pudney asks is it the future? What could happen now?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2015/04/02/integrating-health-and-social-care-is-it-the-future
 
Description BLOG: (30th August 2016) Andrea Salvatori: Outsourcing of cognitive tasks to blame for polarized labor market, not technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG: (30th August 2016) Andrea Salvatori: Outsourcing of cognitive tasks to blame for polarized labor market, not technology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://newsroom.iza.org/en/2016/08/30/outsourcing-of-cognitive-tasks-to-blame-for-polarized-labor-ma...
 
Description BLOG: (4th February 2016) Do ethnic minority candidates mobilise ethnic minority voters? Mostly not. Dr Nicole Martin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG: (4th February 2016) Do ethnic minority candidates mobilise ethnic minority voters? Mostly not. Dr Nicole Martin argues that the idea that ethnic minority candidates mobilise ethnic minority voters in great number isn't necessarily borne out by the evidence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/02/04/do-ethnic-minority-candidates-mobilise-ethnic-minority-...
 
Description BLOG: (7th September 2016): Out of work again? The psychological impacts of repeated unemployment. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLOG: (7th September 2016): Out of work again? The psychological impacts of repeated unemployment. Researchers Cara Booker from the University of Essex and Amanda Sacker at the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies at UCL used the long-running British Household Panel Survey to examine the psychological well-being of people who have repeatedly lost their jobs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2016/09/07/out-of-work-again-the-psychological-impacts-of-repeated...
 
Description BLOG: 23rd October 2014: Does free childcare help women back to work? Mike Brewer blog piece for the World Economic Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BLOG: 23rd October 2014: Does free childcare help women back to work? Mike Brewer blog piece for the World Economic Forum
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2014/10/free-childcare-help-women-back-work/
 
Description BOOST2018 Early Finding 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We have presented the first findings from the data collection undertaken at the University of Essex (known as BOOST 2018) to officials of the University of Essex, including Undergraduate Directors, pro-VC for Education and Research, Student Union representatives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Bank of Italy Workshop on Inclusive Growth and Shared prosperity (Rome, 27 March 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Panel discussant on presentations by Bank of Italy, OECD, World Bank and European Commission
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Blog "Basic Income - testing of a fascinating policy" (Tasseva, Aug 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Folloing on my work on Basic Income, I wrote a blog summarising the latest research which analyses the redistributive impact of a Basic Income in the UK, using the tax-benefit model EUROMOD. The purpose of the blog was to promote the work ISER colleagues, myself and others have done. It highlighted the importance of the guiding principles and assumptions that researchers made and how these can lead them to different conclusions about the impact on household incomes of a Basic Income.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/blog/2018/08/10/basic-income-testing-of-a-fascinating-policy
 
Description Blog Post for Guardian Higher Education Network: Closing the BTEC gap at university (Holford - 29/11/2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Timed to coincide with MiSoC policy event on 'Universities in the UK' on 29th November 2017, I wrote an article about how students arriving with BTECs do worse at university, and how to reduce this gap. Several very constructive comments online help inform a future research agenda on this topic e.g. this is part of bigger. Others in person and online express thanks for bringing topic into public domain, and note that they have not seen data on this before.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/nov/29/students-with-btecs-do-worse-at-uni...
 
Description Blog article on the distributional impact of tax expenditure [Centre for Economic Policies] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog article on the redistributive effects of tax expenditures in six European countries. Published by the Council on Economic Policies, a Swiss think-tank.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.cepweb.org/are-tax-expenditures-a-good-way-to-redistribute/
 
Description Blog post (The Social Policy Blog) about 'The Housing Situations of Food Bank Users in Great Britain' paper 30th September 2019, Amy Clair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog post for the Social Policy Blog summarising the findings of our paper - http://socialpolicyblog.com/2019/09/30/food-bank-users-in-britain-are-dealing-with-significant-housing-problems/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://socialpolicyblog.com/2019/09/30/food-bank-users-in-britain-are-dealing-with-significant-housi...
 
Description Brain Drain: Are well-educated British expats being 'replaced' by unskilled immigrants? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact No response to article so far
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Brainstorming meeting with OECD analysts 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Brainstorming meeting with OECD analysts to support them in their analysis of Basic Income schemes using EUROMOD
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Brewer talk at LPC on power in DiD 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards

The LPC will use results from my paper when commissioning and interpreting future research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Brewer: seminar on Universal Credit at National Audit Office 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Brewer was invited to give a seminar on his work on Universal Credit, winners and losers, and work incentives to economists at the National Audit Office.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Bristol seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Academic seminar. Presentation of "Academic and non-Academic investments at university: The role of expectations and preferences" at the economics seminar series at the University of Bristol.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description British Academy Debate on Global Inequalities. Invited Panellist at a Debate Open to the Public (Sonia Bhalotra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • Activity: Invited panel discussion on global inequalities and the Sustainable Development Goals. My presentation emphasized gender perspectives amongst other things
• Results of activity: Questions from audience; contact made with other panellists including Director of Research at Grand Challenges Canada London office; Director of OXFAM; Director of NGO on FGM; journalist.
• You tube video under British Academy label.
• Coverage of the panel discussion in Prospect magazine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CASE Social Exclusion Seminar 21 May 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Seminar title "Target efficiency of public support for disabled older people in Britain", presented by Ruth Hancock
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description CLOSER Conference (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at CLOSER conference with discussion on future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/conference2015/
 
Description Chair of Panel, Sonia Bhalotra, on "What works in health messaging" with panellists from Public Health England, the National Social Marketing Centre and UCL Economics, at a workshop co-organized on "The Economics of Health Behaviours and Health Information", 15-16 March 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact we organized a workshop in London inviting people from academia and civil society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/events/seminars/misoc/2018-03-15
 
Description Childcare and early education research, policy, and practice roundtable, Save the Children 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Roundtable taking stock of childcare and early education research and thinking about what it means for practice as well as unanswered questions. Our input will feed into Save the Children's policy development and will feature in the evidence that they present to civil servants and ministers as part their advocacy and campaign work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Closed discussion with Department of Health, NatCen and English Longitudinal Study of Ageing academic team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To discuss improvements to ELSA questions on disability in the light of MiSoc funded research on the relationship between receipt of disability benefits and reported measures of disability in ELSA, as previously presented to and discussed with the Department of Health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Closed meeting with DoH and DWP re research on support for disabled older people in Britain 5 Jan 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Closed meeting with DoH and DWP re research on support for disabled older people in Britain 5 Jan 2016, Ruth Hancock, Marcello Marciano and Steve Pudney.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Co-authored a Newsletter (C. Leventi, Nov 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Stimulated public debate on inequality issues in Greece (PARU NL 8/2014)

After the publication of this NL, many more people subscribed to the NL series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.paru.gr/index.php?lang=en&page=newsletters/2014_8
 
Description Co-authored a Newsletter (C. Leventi, Oct 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The newsletter explained the reasons why the EUROMOD-based income distribution statistics may differ from the official Eurostat estimates (PARU NL 7/2014)

The NL contributed to a more informed policy debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.paru.gr/index.php?lang=en&page=newsletters/2014_7
 
Description Co-authored a Newsletter (C. Leventi, Sept 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Newsletter article on disentangling annuities and transfers in Greek retirement benefits, sent out to a broad mailing list of approximately 1500 individuals (PARU NL 9/2016)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Colchester Stakeholder Event - Local challenges and opportunities around migration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A meeting of a variety of third sector organisations that work with migrant and minority communities in Essex, including a brainstorming session for local challenges that we transformed into a policy brief that was presented to the Colchester Borough Council
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conversation with BIS (Flexible Working and Couples' Coordination of Time Schedules) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We discussed the project (then still work in progress) during a visit to BIS on 17th September 2012.

We received positive comments and endorsement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Conversation with ChrisComversation with Chris Camillo, working on U.S. government's international child labor grant, RICHES (Reducing Incidence of Child labor and Harmful Conditions of Work in Economic Strengthening Initiatives). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Conversation with Chris Camillo, working on U.S. government's international child labor grant, RICHES (Reducing Incidence of Child labor and Harmful Conditions of Work in Economic Strengthening Initiatives). She wanted information on my work on child labor to inform her work at RICHES
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Conversations with Elisabeth Mahy, Business Reporter at BBC, for inform article on part-time jobs for teenagers - (Holford - 13-17/11/2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Elisabeth Mahy made a FOI request to local authorities, and found declining numbers of licenses given for children to work part-time while still at school. She contacted me to ask me why this might be. I answered informed both by my work on teenagers' part-time work, and unpaid internships and ongoing work about necessary work experience for graduates. I was quoted in her news article online and subsequently approached for many more radio interviews on dec 4th when the article went live.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41989185
 
Description DFID UK- Research Seminar 30th Oct 2017 (Sonia Bhalotra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • Activity: seminar in invited research seminar series at DFID. Sonia Bhalotra's paper provided the first systematic evidence linking policies that address child mortality to increases in women's labour force participation.
• Results of activity: Requests for further information; questions about investigating our proposition in Africa; the organizer wrote an email connecting me to the Heads of Research in two departments: Sue Kinn and Shirley Addies who lead within health. Peter Evans and Lynn MacAulay who lead within 'governance, conflict and social development', which, as part of their research, deals with issues of gender inequality and female empowerment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Departmental seminar, School of Economics, University of Queensland, 20 November 2019 - Comparing distributions of individuals' subjective well-being 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Departmental Seminar. Sharing of information. Started discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Dondena Research Centre, Bocconi University, Milan, February 2019, Emilia Del Bono (presenter) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Seminar presentation on the paper entitled "Skill accumulation with malleable ability: a Growth Mindset Intervention", joint with Adeline Delavande, Angus Holford and Sonkurt Sen, based on data from BOOST2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ECINEQ conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact New York City, 17-19 July 2017 (Another perspective on evolution of UK income inequality)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ECINEQ conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact ECINEQ conference, New York City, 17-19 July 2017 (Another perspective on evolution of UK income inequality)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description EHRC Consultations on ways to reduce pay gaps (Longhi and Brynin) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We presented results of our research on pay gaps to heads of human resources in various firms. We then discussed their experience within their firms, how much they know about pay gaps and ways to reduce them.

These workshops were organised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), we participated in two workshops in Edinburgh, two in London and one in Cardiff. The results of this consultations will be used by EHRC to inform their future aims and strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ESRC Festival of Social Science MiSoC Seminar: Measuring living standards: poverty, dynamics, persistence 12 November 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards

Fruitful exchange of views
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ESRC Festival of Social Sciences "Basic Income: Turning the Concept into Policy Proposals" (Mike Brewer, Chrysa Leventi, Holly Sutherland, Iva Tasseva, Nov 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The event was organised by ISER. The aim was to promote ISER's work on Basic Income, using the tax-benefit model EUROMOD. I presented new research on the redistributive impact of Basic Income (BI) in the UK. This was followed by another presentation, comparing the redistributive impact of BI in EU countries, presented by Luke Martinelli from University of Bath. The final part of the event consisted by a panel discussion. The event was attended by researchers, representatives of the Resolution Foundation, DWP, HMT and the ordinary public. There was a very lively discussion on the issues related to the introduction and potential impact of BI in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2018/09/25/universal-basic-income-presenting-new-research-at-the-esrc-f...
 
Description ESRC Multidisciplinary Workshop on Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Facilitated an exchange and discussion concerning the latest developments in social science research on education in a stimulating environment.

Brought into view the whole educational cycle from primary and secondary education, to university, and the transition to the labour market.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/multidisciplinary-workshop-on-education-tickets-15811614966
 
Description EUROMOD 20th anniversary conference, ISER, Essex (UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Marked achievements so far and looked forward to future developments, with plenary sessions, poster sessions, discussions and keynote presentations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/euromod20
 
Description EUROMOD Anniversary Brochure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact T commemorate EUROMOD's 20th anniversary, we have produced a special publication reflecting on the keynote speeches and presentations from the conference held at the University of Essex in September, alongside key milestones in EUROMOD's history.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/euromod20
 
Description EUROMOD Annual meeting (Athens 6-7 June 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting included a session on policy reform in Greece with Greek policymakers and Troika members
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description EUROMOD annual project meeting, Zagreb, Croatia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Bring together the national, core and European Commission team members. Discuss progress, transition plans, new developments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description EUROMOD newsletter - February 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To disseminate key information, news and research to the EUROMOD community
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.euromod.ac.uk/sites/default/files/newsletters/EUROMOD-News-February-2016_0.pdf
 
Description EUROMOD newsletter - November 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To disseminate key information, news and research to the EUROMOD community
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.euromod.ac.uk/sites/default/files/newsletters/EUROMOD-News-November-2016.pdf
 
Description EUROMOD newsletter June 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To disseminate key information, news and research to the EUROMOD community
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.euromod.ac.uk/sites/default/files/newsletters/EUROMOD-News-June-2016_0.pdf
 
Description EUROMOD research workshop with HM Treasury (LSE, 25 February 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentations and disuxssions of microsimulation methods with analysts from HM Treasury
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description EUROSTAT Task Force on the Revision of the Legal Basis of the EU-SILC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This is an ongoing Task Force to make recommendations for the Revison of the EU-SILC data to the Europan Statistical System. I am one of three independent experts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description EUROSTAT Task Force on the Revision of the Legal Basis of the EU-SILC (Luxembourg 25-26 October 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is an ongoing Task Force to make recommendations for the Revison of the EU-SILC data to the Europan Statistical System. I am one of three independent experts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description EUROSTAT Task Force on the Revision of the Legal Basis of the EU-SILC (Luxembourg, 12-13 may 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is an ongoing Task Force to make recommendations for the Revison of the EU-SILC data to the Europan Statistical System. I am one of three independent experts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description EUROSTAT Task Force on the Revision of the Legal Basis of the EU-SILC, Luxembourg 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This is an ongoing Task Force to make recommendations for the Revison of the EU-SILC data to the Europan Statistical System. I am one of three independent experts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description EVENT (10th February 2016): MiSoC workshop on Ethnicity and Employment with JRF (Brynin, Longhi) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact MiSoC workshop hosted by JRF, on the themes of equality, segregation and education, introducing new research by Malcolm Brynin and Simonetta Longhi.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description EVENT (12th February 2019): Workshop with DWP officials to discuss their areas of research interest & share new MiSoC and Eastern Arc partners' research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EVENT (12th February 2019): Workshop with DWP officials to discuss their areas of research interest & share new MiSoC and Eastern Arc partners' research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EVENT (12th June 2018): Ethnic and Racial Harassment, Mental Health and Ethnic Concentration at Royal Statistical Society (Dr Alita Nandi) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EVENT (12th June 2018): Ethnic and Racial Harassment, Mental Health and Ethnic Concentration at Royal Statistical Society (Dr Alita Nandi). Chaired by Professor Gwilym Pryce with Dr Laia Becares, University of Manchester - Health impacts of ethnic concentration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2018/06/06/ethnic-and-racial-harassment-mental-health-and-ethnic-concen...
 
Description EVENT (12th-13th May 2016): Workshop on subjective expectations (Adeline Delavande) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EVENT (12th-13th May 2016): Workshop on subjective expectations (organised by Adeline Delavande, Wilbert van der Klaauw (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), and Basit Zafar (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)), New York. Programme here.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.newyorkfed.org/medialibrary/media/research/conference/2016/expectationsconferenceagenda....
 
Description EVENT (15-17 April 2019): New ISER research at the Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2019 including special MiSoC session (Mike Brewer, Silvia Avram, Paul Fisher, Laura Fumagalli, Yuliya Kazakova, Birgitta Rabe, Angus Holford, Emilia Del Bono, Bernhard Schmidpeter, Liza Benny, Sonia Bhalotra & Enrico Rubolino) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact New work by 16 ISER researchers was presented at the prestigious Royal Economic Society Conference 2019 at the University of Warwick from 15-17 April. The Conference included a Special Session presented by ISER's ESRC Centre for Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) on income dynamics and volatility, exploiting data from the BHPS and Understanding Society. Mike Brewer, Silvia Avram, Paul Fisher, Laura Fumagalli, Yuliya Kazakova, Birgitta Rabe, Angus Holford, Emilia Del Bono, Bernhard Schmidpeter, Liza Benny, Sonia Bhalotra & Enrico Rubolino
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2019/04/09/new-iser-research-at-the-royal-economic-society-annual-confe...
 
Description EVENT (15th-16th March 2018): MiSoC workshop: What works in health messaging? New international research (with University of Bath; Paul Fisher, Adeline Delavande, Sonia Bhalotra 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Including panel discussion with Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor, Public Health England
Patrick Ladbury, Director, The National Social Marketing Centre
Dr Gabriella Conti, Reader, University College London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-works-in-health-messaging-new-international-research-tickets-433...
 
Description EVENT (17th March 2015) MiSoC workshop: Using school resources effectively: what is the evidence base? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lively and insightful panel discussion with leading thinkers on educational policy and practice. T

Produced a Briefing Note for governors, headteachers and policy makers on our research on school spending, funded by the Nuffield Foundation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2015/03/24/using-school-resources-effectively-what-is-the-evidence-base
 
Description EVENT (17th October 2017): Ethnic minorities and the British political system: new research on engagement and representation (Dr Nicole Martin) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact EVENT (17th October 2017): Ethnic minorities and the British political system: new research on engagement and representation. New research from the Universities of Essex and Manchester on how ethnic minorities are engaging as voters and how they are represented within the British political system, panel discussion chaired by Tom Clark (Prospect magazine). Panel members: Omar Khan, Director of Runnymede, UK's leading independent race equality think tank, Binita Mehta-Parmar, Director of Modern Britain, Shahrar Ali, former Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Zrinka Bralo, Chief Executive, Migrants Organise, Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ethnic-minorities-and-the-british-political-system-new-research-on-en...
 
Description EVENT (20th July 2018): MiSoC Policy Advisory Group Workshop on new family structures, gender roles and demographic change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invitation only workshop with policy makers, think tanks and third sector representatives on the research and policy priorities in the area of new family structures, gender roles and demographic change
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EVENT (21st June 2018): Angus Holford presents ethnicity gaps in drop out and success rates at university at NEON symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EVENT (21st June 2018): Angus Holford presented his research on ethnicity gaps in drop out and success rates at university to widening participation practitioners at the Summer Symposium for the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EVENT (22nd November 2017): Ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health - new findings from Alita Nandi and Renee Luthra. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact EVENT (22nd November 2017): Ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health - new findings. Alita Nandi and Renee Luthra present the findings from their ESRC SDAI project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ethnic-and-racial-harassment-and-its-impact-on-health-new-findings-ti...
 
Description EVENT (24th July 2017): Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology host briefing on new research into employment and health (Amanda Hughes and Meena Kumari) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting at POST for parliamentary staff and researchers showcasing new studies using biomarkers to examine differences in health among the employed and unemployed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2017/07/24/iser-at-post
 
Description EVENT (24th July 2018): MiSoC Policy Advisory Group workshop on research priorities for education and skills acquisition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invitation only workshop with policy makers, think tanks and third sector representatives on the research and policy priorities in the area of skill acquisition from early childhood to late adolescence (including the university years).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EVENT (24th May 2017): Retention and progression in work: What do we still need to know? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact EVENT (24th May 2017): Retention and progression in work: What do we still need to know? Mike Brewer speaking at half-day workshop reflecting on what has been learnt since the UK government started discussing in-work conditionality, and what remains a priority for research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ifs.org.uk/events/1470
 
Description EVENT (24th November 2016): MiSoC/Econ Applied Micro Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Internal workshop presented by: Steve Pudney, Giovanni Mastrobuoni, Friederike Mengel, Sule Alan, Patrick Nolen, Emilia Del Bono, Carlos Tudela, Birgitta Rabe, Angus Holford, Matthias Parey, Christoph Siemroth
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description EVENT (24th September 2019): The impact of Universal Infant Free School Meals - fringe event at Labour Party Conference (Dr Angus Holford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact EVENT (24th September 2019): The impact of Universal Infant Free School Meals - fringe event at Labour Party Conference (Dr Angus Holford).
New ISER research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, will be presented by ISER Research Fellow, Dr Angus Holford, at a New Statesman fringe event at the forthcoming Labour party conference. The event will be chaired by Anoosh Chakelian, Senior Writer at New Statesman and will examine the impact of the controversial Government policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2019/09/26/iser-presents-new-findings-on-impact-of-universal-infant-fre...
 
Description EVENT (25th April 2019): Speaker at the Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar: "Next steps for BAME equality in the workplace" (Malcolm Brynin) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact EVENT (25th April 2019): Speaker at the Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar: "Next steps for BAME equality in the workplace" (Malcolm Brynin) - keynote speech to be delivered by Simon Woolley, Chair of the Race Disparity Advisory Committee, and Director of Operation Black Vote.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EVENT (26th September 2018): "Threatened even within the bubble?: EU university staff and Brexit" presentation at Centre for Migration Studies (CMS)' annual academic workshop and launch event (Dr Renee Luthra). 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact EVENT (26th September 2018): "Threatened even within the bubble?: EU university staff and Brexit" presentation at Centre for Migration Studies (CMS)' annual academic workshop and launch event (Dr Renee Luthra).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2018/09/17/migration-challenges-in-the-uk-at-the-dawn-of-brexit
 
Description EVENT (29th November 2017): Universities in the UK - who applies, who stays, who achieves - what makes a difference? (Angus Holford, Adeline Delavande, Emilia Del Bono, Greta Morando, Laura Fumagalli) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EVENT (29th November 2017): Universities in the UK - who applies, who stays, who achieves - what makes a difference? New evidence on what happens in homes, in schools and in universities, and the difference this makes to whether young people attend, stay or succeed at university (Angus Holford, Adeline Delavande, Emilia Del Bono, Greta Morando, Laura Fumagalli). Plans for future activity with NEON, Action on Access, HE Access Network & Newsnight
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/universities-in-the-uk-who-applies-who-stays-who-achieves-what-makes-...
 
Description EVENT (2nd December 2016): Childcare policy, maternal employment, and the UK policy debate: examining the evidence 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EVENT (2nd December 2016): Childcare policy, maternal employment, and the UK policy debate: examining the evidence. MiSoC and IFS conference bringing together national and international experts on childcare and its role in promoting parental labour supply to discuss how evidence can inform the current policy debate in England.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.ifs.org.uk/events/1386
 
Description EVENT (2nd March 2019): What Does It Mean to Be British and Who Defines It? Alita Nandi joins Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott on panel at LSE Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact EVENT (2nd March 2019): What Does It Mean to Be British and Who Defines It? Alita Nandi joins Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott on panel at LSE Festival: New World (Dis)Orders with British Future director Sunder Katwala and LSE Professor of Politics, Eric Kaufman.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2019/02/28/what-does-it-mean-to-be-british-and-who-defines-it
 
Description EVENT (31st January 2019): Co-hosting policy workshop in London with the Nuffield Foundation "Living in a state of flux: How pay insecurity affects the choices and living standards of low income families" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact EVENT (31st January 2019): Co-hosting policy workshop in London with the Nuffield Foundation "Living in a state of flux: How pay insecurity affects the choices and living standards of low income families" (with new research by Silvia Avram)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EVENT (5th November 2018): ISER FOSS Event: Basic Income: Turning the Concept into Practice (Iva Tasseva, Mike Brewer, Chrysa Leventi 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact EVENT (5th November 2018): ISER FOSS Event: Basic Income: Turning the Concept into Practice (Iva Tasseva, Mike Brewer, Chrysa Leventi)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/basic-income-turning-the-concept-into-practice-tickets-48405417908#
 
Description EVENT (6th November 2018): ISER FOSS event: Home, health and wellbeing: new research (Amy Clair, Emily Grundy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact EVENT (6th November 2018): ISER FOSS event: Home, health and wellbeing: new research (Amy Clair, Emily Grundy)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/home-health-and-wellbeing-new-research-tickets-48405219314#
 
Description EVENT (7th November 2017): What works for work incentives: moving off benefits (Mike Brewer, Xavier Jara Tamayo, Paola de Agostini) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EVENT (7th November 2017): What works for work incentives - policy discussion event for the ESRC Festival of Social Science - profiling new research by low incomes and comparative work in other countries (Mike Brewer, Xavier Jara Tamayo, Paola de Agostini)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-works-for-work-incentives-moving-off-benefits-tickets-3606570148...
 
Description EVENT (8th February 2019): Launch of The Lancet issue dedicated to gender equity in science, medicine and health, Sonia Bhalotra chair of panel at London event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact EVENT (8th February 2019): Launch of The Lancet issue dedicated to gender equity in science, medicine and health, Sonia Bhalotra chair of panel including Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, Gigi Osler, President of the Canadian Medical Association, and Edward Whiting, Chief of Staff of the Wellcome Trust. Event livestreamed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2019/02/08/lancet-womens-theme?fbclid=IwAR2rc9oGL37RA_u_h1u4_gGWgrPfPu1...
 
Description EVENT (8th May 2017): How do parents' choices affect children's education? (Adeline Delavande, Emilia Del Bono, Birgitta Rabe and Sonia Bhalotra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MiSoC workshop on parental beliefs and parental investments in children (Adeline Delavande, Emilia Del Bono, Birgitta Rabe and Sonia Bhalotra)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2017/04/03/how-do-parental-choices-affect-children-s-achievements
 
Description EVENT (8th May 2018): workshops with the Independent Office for Police Conduct in Croydon / Holborn presenting racial harassment research (Alita Nandi, Renee Luthra) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EVENT (8th May 2018): workshops with the Independent Office for Police Conduct in Croydon / Holborn presenting racial harassment research (Alita Nandi, Renee Luthra)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
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