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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. Poor bright girls left behind in class, school spending study shows

    2. Research resources report: evaluating a demand-side approach to expanding free pre-school education

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

    4. Benefits of free nursery education 'not lasting'

    5. England’s free nursery places deliver no long-term benefits, say studies

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

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

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

    9. Greater Government support needed for breastfeeding

    10. Who saves for retirement?

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

    12. Coalition steps in to prop up housing market

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

    14. A nation of frustrated home-movers

    15. A nation of frustrated home-movers

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