Being underweight may be an overlooked but crucial factor linking unemployment and poor health in the UK says Dr Amanda Hughes
ISER researchers discuss their work in these blog posts.
Dr Alita Nandi and Dr Renee Luthra investigate how ethnic and and racial harassment could affect the victims’ mental health
Our recent research looked at efforts to improve water quality in Mexico in the 1990s and we found this had a very significant impact on mortality rates among children.
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.
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
Nowcasting provides more timely statistics on poverty
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.
Professor Holly Sutherland reflects on how an academic innovation has grown to become an essential policy tool for Europe and beyond.
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
Professor Sonia Bhalotra on her new research on women in government in India.
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.
The new IZA discussion paper by Guido Matias Cortes and Andrea Salvatori is the first to look at job polarization in Great Britain using workplace level data rather than individual or industry level 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.
Dr Jonathan Burton explains the challenges of surveying online
Iva Tasseva and Alari Paulus have produced an ‘Evidence in Focus’ briefing for the European Commission DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion comparing policies and their impacts in each of the 28 EU states.
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.
Are we looking for happiness in all the wrong places? An academic’s role in ‘The Happiness Project’ by the Roundhouse
Dr Gundi Knies on how her research became the basis for an unusual arts and science collaboration
Dr Renee Luthra and Greta Morando on how British science and innovation could lose the best graduates from UK universities
Professor Holly Sutherland explains how ISER’s expertise embodied in the EUROMOD model is being shared with developing countries across the world
Senior Research Officer Amanda Hughes on the links between unemployment and killer diseases such as heart disease
The key questions for the consultation into the future of the Attendance Allowance for older disabled people
In an article for the UK Admininstrative Justice Institute, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, Professor Pudney describes his own recent research and proposes the potential key questions for the future government consultation
Dr Karon Gush on how couples coped with the threat of job loss during the Recession
A comment on the use of results from “Does welfare reform affect fertility? Evidence from the UK”, Journal of Population Economics, in Adam Perkins’ book, The Welfare Trait.
Professor Mike Brewer unpicks the citing of his research in Adam Perkins’ book
ISER’s research into the wellbeing of children and young people is having a positive impact on the policy agenda as thinktanks, third sector and industry absorb the findings
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.
ISER researchers are beginning a new ESRC Secondary Data Initiative study into the prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health using longitudinal analysis
Dr Annette Jäckle, Professor Thomas Crossley and an international interdisciplinary team are working on a new ESRC/NCRM research project to develop new ways of collecting information on household finances
By framing policy differently, it may be possible to alter the design of welfare benefits so as to encourage people to take up work without necessarily cutting financial support
National statistical agencies within the EU are now required to include illicit economic activity in the National Accounts. But is this a good idea? Professor Stephen Pudney summarises the conclusions of an ISER review of the methodology used by the UK Office for National Statistics for measuring the contribution of illegal drugs markets to GDP.
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