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Understanding Brexit
Brexit flags

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
Shamit cropped for website

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
In work credits

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
Data collection

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.

The burden of obesity: better ways of measuring
Fat crop

Studies of income-related inequalities in obesity have traditionally focused on BMI. But are there better measures? Apostolos Davillas on why BMI is a noisy measure which does not distinguish between fat and lean body mass.

Does women’s education reduce rates of death in childbirth?
Girls education

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.

Benefits of time
Parenting pic

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

Getting the most from political panel data

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.

Are Tax Expenditures a Good Way to Redistribute?
Tax expenditure

Dr Silvia Avram investigates the prevalence and distributional effects of legal provisions that lower taxable income (tax allowances) or the final tax liability (tax credits) have on specific groups of personal income tax payers.

Can unemployment kill?
Losing benefits hurts more than paying taxes

Senior Research Officer Amanda Hughes on the links between unemployment and killer diseases such as heart disease

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