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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 1 - 15 of 74 in total

    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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