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.
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.
Health and economic uncertainty will significantly increase during and following the pandemic. MiSoC work by Adeline Delavande 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.
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.
A shadow pandemic of domestic violence: The potential role of job loss and unemployment benefits (17 November 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 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)
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