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

Living with hate and harassment
Health harassment

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

Where does the money go?
Better household management

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

Counting the wages of sin: Illicit drug markets and the National Accounts
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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.

New ways of measuring poverty
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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

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