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Dr Birgitta Rabe Reader, University of Essex

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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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    Displaying all 10 publications

    1. Parental responses to information about school quality: evidence from linked survey and administrative data

      Ellen Greaves, Iftikhar Hussain, Birgitta Rabe, et al.

      1. Education
      2. Child Development
      3. Households
      4. Economics
      5. Public Policy
    2. Sibling spillover effects in school achievement

      Cheti Nicoletti and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Education
      2. Child Development
      3. Households
    3. School inputs and skills: complementarity and self-productivity

      Cheti Nicoletti and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Young People
      2. Education
      3. Finance
    4. Breastfeeding and child cognitive outcomes: evidence from a hospital-based breastfeeding support policy

      Emilia Del Bono and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Child Development
      2. Childbearing: Fertility
    5. The effect of school resources on test scores in England

      Cheti Nicoletti and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Education
      2. Finance
    6. Inequality in pupils' educational attainment: how much do family, sibling type and neighbourhood matter?

      Cheti Nicoletti and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Education
      2. Child Development
    7. Differences in opportunities? Wage, unemployment and house-price effects on migration

      Birgitta Rabe and Mark P. Taylor

      1. Migration
      2. Economics
    8. Residential mobility, neighbourhood quality and life-course events

      Birgitta Rabe and Mark P. Taylor

      1. Migration
      2. Life Course Analysis
    9. Occupational pensions, wages, and job mobility in Germany

      Birgitta Rabe

      1. Pensions
      2. Labour Market
    10. Dual-earner migration in Britain: earnings gains, employment, and self-selection

      Birgitta Rabe

      1. Migration
      2. Labour Market
      3. Wages And Earnings


    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 73 in total

    1. Good Ofsted rating can mean parents become complacent

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

    3. GCSE grades 'drop' after successful Ofsted inspections

    4. The negative impact of positive Ofsted ratings

    5. O brother, where art thou?

    6. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

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

    8. A cautionary tale for politicians pushing universal preschool

    9. Evidence of free hours’ benefits is lacking

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

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

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

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

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

    15. Free nursery places 'make no academic difference'

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