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Dr Birgitta Rabe Senior Research Fellow, University of Essex

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Research Interests

I am an economist interested in applied research in education, family and labour economics. Some of my current and recent work includes

  • Early child development: the effect of breastfeeding on cognitive child outcomes; free child care and child attainment
  • Education and schools: effects of school resources on school attainment; sibling spillover effects in school achievement; interactions between school quality and parental investments
  • Child care and maternal labour supply
  • Migration and residential mobility

I am Topic Champion for education, family and data linkage on Understanding Society. Linked education records for Understanding Society are available, see here.

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    1. Clever elder children spur on siblings

      Cheti Nicoletti and Birgitta Rabe

    2. Breastfeeding research

      Emilia Del Bono, Birgitta Rabe, Maria Iacovou, et al.

    3. Cash for new breastfeeding study

      Emilia Del Bono, Maria Iacovou, and Birgitta Rabe

    4. Brestfeeding project most comprehensive study of its kind

      Emilia Del Bono, Maria Iacovou, and Birgitta Rabe


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    1. Free childcare for 3-year-olds: no long term benefits for child development

    2. Research questions value of free childcare for three-year-olds

    3. ESRC small grants are back, how can you win one?

    4. Greater Government support needed for breastfeeding

    5. Who saves for retirement?

    6. Why breast is best. With research indicating that breastfeeding could increase educational attainment, parents should more seriously consider infant nourishment

    7. Coalition steps in to prop up housing market

    8. Up to nine in ten people who want to move are stuck

    9. A nation of frustrated home-movers

    10. A nation of frustrated home-movers

    11. A nation of frustrated home-movers

    12. Breastfeeding - how to make the difference

    13. Employer contributions are key for pension savings

    14. Pensions: assessing the cost of auto-enrolment delay

    15. Researchers claim to debunk women/pensions savings myth

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