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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


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    1. Mothers who work late into pregnancy have smaller babies: study; findings highlight need for flexible maternity leave, author concludes

    2. Pregnant women who work 'have lighter babies'

    3. Academic achievement runs in the family

    4. Pupils born to succeed

    5. Pupils' exam results 'closely linked' to parents' education

    6. Breast way to get back to work earlier

    7. Speeding up return

    8. Breastfeeding 'gets mothers back to work'

    9. Breastfeeding facilities at work good for business as well as mum and baby

    10. Earlier returns if mums allowed to breastfeed at work

    11. Report urges breastfeeding facility

    12. Baby feeding facilities lure mothers to work

    13. Report urges breastfeeding facility

    14. Breastfeeding - how to make the difference

    15. Reading to children boosts social skills

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