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Emilia Del Bono Professor of Economics and Director of Research, University of Essex

Emilia del bono
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Curriculum vitae

My current research agenda is focused on the nature, causes, and consequences of disparities in children’s human capital that lead to inequalities later on in life. This research revolves around three broad themes. The first concerns the extent to which maternal health behaviours shape the health and cognitive endowment of children, as well as the effect of differences in early health endowments on later outcomes. The second theme is related to the way in which differences in educational opportunities affect later educational attainment, labour market outcomes, and long-term life chances. The third theme is concerned with the analysis of the effects of parenting, and in particular maternal time inputs, on children’s cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes. My wider research interests also include work on family dynamics, fertility, and gender issues.

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    1. Understanding the SES gradient in early child development: maternal work, home learning, and child care decisions

      Emilia Del Bono, Marco Francesconi, Yvonne Kelly, et al.

      1. Child Development
      2. Economics
      3. Social Stratification
    2. Older people: a gendered review and secondary analysis of the data

      Emilia Del Bono, Emanuela Sala, Ruth Hancock, et al.

    3. Pre-Marital Fertility and Labour Market Opportunities: Evidence from the 1970 British Cohort Study

      Emilia Del Bono


    Displaying media publications 16 - 30 of 125 in total

    1. Cannabis: healthy benefit or deadly threat?

    2. A look at how legalising cannabis could save hundreds of millions of pounds

    3. Balancing the imbalances of the economy – to legalize or not to legalize

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

    5. Free nursery places 'make no academic difference'

    6. 'Little impact' from nursery places

    7. 'Little impact' from nursery places

    8. 'Little impact' from nursery places

    9. 'Little impact' from nursery places

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

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

    12. Benefits of free nursery education 'not lasting'

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

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

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

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