Education and skills

MiSoC’s education and skills research examines the factors affecting the production of a wide range of skills in childhood and adolescence, how they are rewarded in the labour market, and how they can be enhanced to reduce social, gender and ethnic inequalities

Research area leader: Birgitta Rabe
Birgitta Rabe

This area investigates how children and young people develop. Our researchers analyse how parents, school, peers and society interact to influence skill acquisition among children and young people, where we consider “skills” widely to include cognitive abilities, physical and mental health, as well as ‘soft’ or ‘non-cognitive’ attributes. In doing so, we help explain the intergenerational transmission of advantage or disadvantage but also how the UK can improve the way skills are taught, in order to boost future productivity.

Research team


ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC)
Institute for Social and Economic Research
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

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