Responding to the Covid-19 crisis
All areas of MiSoC research are relevant to and will be impacted by the repercussions of the current coronavirus pandemic. Here our researchers outline how their current and future work can provide valuable evidence for the policy response to the evolving situation.
This book, written by MiSoC researcher Amy Clair alongside Jasmine Fledderjohann and Bran Knowles of Lancaster University, explores the longstanding role of neoliberal ideology in policy making in Global Minority countries and documents the consequences of decades of erosion of social protection for people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health and economic uncertainty will significantly increase during and following the pandemic. MiSoC work by Emilia Del Bono and colleagues on modelling decision-making under uncertainty and measuring subjective expectations from survey data will be vital in understanding how individuals and households will respond to the various shocks they face.
Health, social and economic inequalities will be exacerbated by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Renee Luthra and Alita Nandi’s work highlights how this raises the risk of racially aggravated responses towards certain racial and minority groups.
Housing is an important social determinant of health. The unprecedented restrictions on people leaving their homes highlight inequalities in housing and the repercussions for health. Amy Clair is investigating the impact of the lockdown on people’s housing experiences and consequent wellbeing.
The closure of all schools and childcare settings for an indefinite period during the coronavirus crisis could mean a potential increase in the inequalities between home environments in terms of parental investment and resources to help children in the acquisition of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills. MiSoC researchers including Director Emilia Del Bono, Adeline Delavande, Birgitta Rabe, Laura Fumagalli and Ayse Guveli are examining the long-term repercussions on children’s educational and mental health outcomes.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown, there has been a dramatic surge in reports of domestic violence. MiSoC research by Sonia Bhalotra and colleagues show that cash flow problems and unexpected extended periods of time couples are having to spend together because of involuntary unemployment are contributing to this phenomenon.
The drop in economic activity resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic will have a uniquely damaging effect on those entering, or about to enter, the labour market this year. MiSoC research conducted by Emilia Del Bono and Greta Morando highlights the risks of a new economic recession exacerbating inequalities between graduates from different SES backgrounds, while Angus Holford explores the long-run harm caused by the disappearance of extra-curricular opportunities and part-time work for teenagers still at school.
Watch MiSoC Director Emilia Del Bono explain how young people will bear the brunt of the economic costs of Covid-19 in a short video for the ESRC’s Economics Observatory.
Covid-19 related MiSoC blog articles
- Are there ethnic differences in adherence to recommended health behaviours related to Covid-19?
(14 June 2021)
- How have school closures affected children’s mental health?
(16 March 2021)
Birgitta Rabe & Laura Fumagalli
- Update: How is the response to coronavirus affecting gender equality?
(11 March 2021)
- A shadow pandemic of domestic violence: The potential role of job loss and unemployment benefits
(17 November 2020)
- What are the effects of lockdown and recession on domestic violence?
(18 August 2020)
- Is hate crime rising during the Covid-19 crisis?
(29 July 2020)
Renee Luthra and Alita Nandi
- What difference will the COVID Summer Food Fund make to children’s lives?
(1 July 2020)
- How will the response to coronavirus affect gender equality?
(19 June 2020)
- What are the prospects for young people joining the labour market now?
(11 June 2020)
Angus Holford and Emilia Del Bono
- Open schools first for the hardest hit children
(11 June 2020)
- COVID-19 and educational losses: The case for sending the youngest back to school
(15 May 2020)
Birgitta Rabe and Jo Blanden
- Homes, health, and COVID-19: how poor housing adds to the hardship of the coronavirus crisis
(2 April 2020)
Covid-19 related MiSoC publications
- Hard hit
Emilia Del Bono
(Economics Observatory Magazine Article: page 41)
- A Watershed Moment for Social Policy and Human Rights – where next for the UK post-COVID? Amy Clair, Jasmine Fledderjohann and Bran Knowles
- Covid generation: UK youth unemployment ‘set to triple to 80s levels’
Laura Gardiner, Maja Gustafsson, Mike Brewer, et al.
- All together now? The impacts of the Government’s coronavirus income support schemes across the age distribution
Mike Brewer and Karl Handscomb
- The initial impact of COVID-19 and policy responses on household incomes
Mike Brewer and Laura Gardiner
(Journal Article, Oxford Review of Economic Policy – 26 Jun 2020)
- Inequalities in home learning and schools’ provision of distance teaching during school closure of COVID-19 lockdown in the UK
Sait Bayrakdar and Ayse Guveli
(ISER Working Paper Series, 2020-09 – 23 Jun 2020)
Covid-19 research projects
- Mind the Gap: Educational Inequalities during Covid-19
Looking at the impact of Covid-related school closures on student achievements, inequalities in assessed exam grades and how confusion over A-level grading made a difference to university participation
- Covid-19 and school availability: impact on parental labour supply and wellbeing
Assessing the impact of school closures related to Covid-19 on employment and family wellbeing for parents, especially mothers