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Dr Birgitta Rabe Reader, 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. Examining home movers and how they impact on ownership and housebuilding

      Birgitta Rabe and Brian Green

    2. Moving home: wishes, expectations, and reasons

      Birgitta Rabe

      1. Area Effects
      2. Migration
      3. Housing Market
    3. Local environments

      Nick Buck and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Environmental Sociology
      2. Social Groups
      3. Area Effects
      4. Social Capital


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    1. Free school dinners ‘led to fall in childhood obesity rates’

    2. Good Ofsted rating can mean parents become complacent

    3. Why a good Ofsted report can be bad for GCSE results

    4. GCSE grades 'drop' after successful Ofsted inspections

    5. The negative impact of positive Ofsted ratings

    6. O brother, where art thou?

    7. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

    8. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

    9. A cautionary tale for politicians pushing universal preschool

    10. Evidence of free hours’ benefits is lacking

    11. Free nursery places at age three 'do not boost a child's education'

    12. Free childcare 'has made no improvement in primary school exam results', research shows

    13. Free pre-school education: evidence of the impact on child outcomes in primary school

    14. Universal benefits? What effect does early education have on childhood development and career choices?

    15. Free nursery places have 'no educational benefit', research shows

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    Micro-social change, surveys and data, tax and benefit microsimulation


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