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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 9 publications

    1. Sibling spillover effects in school achievement

      Cheti Nicoletti and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Education
      2. Child Development
      3. Households
    2. The effect of school spending on student achievement: addressing biases in value-added models

      Cheti Nicoletti and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Education
      2. Economics
    3. Universal pre-school education: the case of public funding with private provision

      Jo Blanden, Emilia Del Bono, Sandra McNally, et al.

      1. Education
      2. Child Development
      3. Economics
    4. Inequality in pupils' test scores: how much do family, sibling type and neighbourhood matter?

      Cheti Nicoletti and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Area Effects
      2. Education
      3. Child Development
    5. Differences in opportunities? Wage, employment and house-price effects on migration

      Birgitta Rabe and Mark P. Taylor

      1. Migration
      2. Economics
    6. Dual-earner migration. Earnings gains, employment and self-selection

      Birgitta Rabe

      1. Migration
      2. Labour Market
      3. Wages And Earnings
    7. Residential mobility, quality of neighbourhood and life course events

      Birgitta Rabe and Mark P. Taylor

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

      Birgitta Rabe

      1. Pensions
      2. Labour Market
    9. The role of firm pensions for job change in Germany

      Birgitta Rabe


    Displaying media publications 31 - 45 of 74 in total

    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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