MiSoC'S Professor Susan Harkness and Dr Silvia Avram write about the findings of their two-year research project on the effect of the National Living Wage on wages for the Low Pay Commission
The ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) is a multidisciplinary centre, promoting collaboration between economists, sociologists and other social scientists, and using quantitative social science to provide evidence with which to address key societal challenges. MiSoC has been based at ISER at the University of Essex since 1989, but it is a collaboration with specialists from universities around the world, and the current research programme is run jointly with researchers at the University of Bristol. Our research themes aim to address questions that reflect social inequalities: how and why are resources such as income, health and wellbeing distributed, how is technology changing the demand for skills in the labour market, and how can we help young people from all backgrounds have access to acquiring these skills? Our work also explores how families are changing, how society and the economy are affected by ageing and migration, and how behaviours, attitudes and outcomes are passed down from one generation to the next.
Dr Nicola Barban is awarded the prestigious European Research Council Consolidator Grant to track migration and family formation using Big Data from internet-based genealogies, historical micro-census data and genetic information
In a short video for VoxDev, Professor Sonia Bhalotra discusses her research on how a decline in child mortality influences women’s choices of labour market participation, marriage, and fertility.