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Family fortunes – and how they persist over generations
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ISER’S Dr Min Zhang and Professor Yaojun Li of the Cathie March Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester explore what impact grandparents’ social class has on their grandchildren’s opportunities, from childhood through to later life

How renting could affect your health
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Writing for The Conversation, Amy Clair and Amanda Hughes explain their findings on the link between people’s housing situation and levels in their blood of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker associated with stress and infection.

Are female legislators good for economic growth?
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There has been a phenomenal global increase in the proportion of women in politics in the last two decades, but there is no evidence of how this influences economic performance. In a blog for the International Growth Centre, Professor Sonia Bhalotra and co-authors investigate this using data on competitive elections to India’s state legislative assemblies.

How leader identity impacts group coordination
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In principle, leaders can facilitate group coordination towards a common goal but in diverse societies, their effectiveness may depend upon their social identity, and how citizens react to leader identity. Sonia Bhalotra and co-authors Irma Clots-Figueras (Madrid), Lakshmi Iyer (Notre Dame) and Joseph Vecci (Gothenburg) investigate in a blog for Ideas for India.

The ticking clock: how genetics may explain fertility traits
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A new study by MiSoC Co-Director Nicola Barban, with Melinda Mills and Felix Tropf of the University of Oxford, allows the inclusion of a genetic variable or predictor of reproductive behaviour in social science research for the first time.

When it comes to fees, what do students think?
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In an article for the New Statesman, Dr Angus Holford explores in detail what students think of how university fees could be administered in a reformed system where the overall student contribution and taxpayer contribution stayed the same.

Basic Income – testing of a fascinating policy
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Iva Tasseva looks at why ISER’s tax-benefit microsimulation model EUROMOD is essential for analysing the morning-after effects of tax and benefit reforms, and how new studies using the model have tested out the controversial and increasingly politically fascinating idea of a Basic Income.

Lower child mortality: a boost to women’s labour market opportunities
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In a blog for Global Dev, MiSoC’s Professor Sonia Bhalotra together with Atheendar Venkataramani (Perelman School of Medicine) and Selma Walther (applied microeconomist) investigate whether public investments in reducing child mortality may encourage women into greater economic activity.

Early gender gaps among university graduates
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In a recent blog for the Centre for Economic Policy Research’s VoxEU, 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.

Religion and abortion: The role of politician identity
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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

How India’s bridal dowry tradition leads to missing women
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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

Understanding Brexit
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Dr Nicole Martin describes research projects planned using unique new data on attitudes to the UK leaving the European Union

Impactful Social Science – How Social Science is helping to tackle global grand challenges
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Shamit Saggar, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at ISER spoke at the ESRC’s launch of the Festival of Social Science at the Royal Society on 7 November. Hosted by Springer Nature partnered with the Economic and Social Research Council, Professor Saggar joined Laurie Taylor of Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed, Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and Professor Felicity Callard, Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research.

Sticking with the job - the benefits of in-work credits
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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

Why mixed modes are here to stay
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In a blog for CLOSER, Annette Jäckle explores the benefits of mixed mode data collection for longitudinal studies in addressing the triple challenges of falling response rates, increasing fieldwork costs, and a squeeze on the budgets available for long-term surveys.


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