From Brexit to childcare, blood pressure to banking: new Essex research at Royal Economic Society conference

An impressive array of new papers by University of Essex researchers will be presented at the prestigious Royal Economic Society’s annual conference to be held at the University of Sussex on Monday 26 March to Wednesday 28 March 2018.

The University of Essex will play a key role with a special session featuring new research using data from Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, led by a team of survey experts at Essex.

Papers from leading academics at Essex Business School, the Department of Economics and the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex will cover a wide range of topics from banking policies to fertility patterns.

The University of Essex is a world-leader in social and economic research and was recently presented with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its ‘authoritative social and economic research to inform the policies of governments for the improvement of people’s lives.’

Professor Sasha Roseneil, Executive Dean
of the Faculty of Social Sciences, said: “Essex has a long tradition of world leading research in economics, and the Royal Economic Society conference will showcase some of our current cutting-edge research. Economists from Essex work across the full spectrum of specialisms within the discipline, making a vital contribution to theoretical debates, methodological advancement, and contemporary issues of economic and social policy.”

Essex economics research to be presented at this year’s Conference includes:

Multilevel Marketing: Pyramid-Shaped Schemes or Exploitative Scams? by Yair Antler; University of Essex

How do Automation and Offshorability Influence Unemployment Duration and Subsequent Job Quality?
By Bernhard Schmidpeter; University of Essex with Rudolf Winter-Ebmer; University of Linz and IHS, Vienna

Austerity and Life Satisfaction: The Role of Expectations. By Alexandros Kontonikas; Essex Business School with Sarah Brown; University of Sheffield, Alberto Montagnoli; University of Sheffield, Mirko Moro; University of Stirling and Luisanna Onnis; University of Huddersfield

Which Banks Smooth and at What Price? By Sotirios Kokas; University of Essex with Dmitri Vinogradov; University of Glasgow and Marios Zachariadis; University of Cyprus

The impact of free early childhood education and care on educational achievement: a discontinuity approach investigating both quantity and quality of provision By Emilia Del Bono; University of Essex and Birgitta Rabe, University of Essex with Jo Blanden; University of Surrey and Kirstine Hansen; University College London

Fertility Responses to Reductions in Mortality: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from 20th Century America
By Sonia Bhalotra; University of Essex UK with Atheendar Venkataramani; University of Pennsylvania and Selma Walther; University of Warwick

Caught in the Cycle: Timing of Enrollment and Labor Market Performance of University Graduates By Jacopo Mazza; University of Essex with Alena Bicakova; CERGE-EI
Guido Matias Cortes; York University

Putting Subjective Well-being to Use for Ex-ante Policy Evaluation By Holguer Jara Tamayo; University of Essex with Erik Schokkaert; K U Leuven

The Impact of a Personalised Blood Pressure Warning on Health Behaviours By Sonia Bhalotra; University of Essex , Adeline Delavande; University of Essex, Paul Fisher; University of Essex and Jonathan James; University of Bath

How much information is incorporated in financial asset prices? Experimental Evidence By Christoph Siemroth; University of Essex with Lionel Page; Queensland University of Technology

Unprofitable cartels By George Symeonidis; University of Essex

The Effect of Child Health on Maternal Labour Market Outcomes By Bernhard Schmidpeter; University of Essex with Lukas Laffers; Matej Bel University, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Heterogeneous Firms, Wages, and the Effects of Financial Crises By Alex Clymo; University of Essex

Altruistic Donors, Development and Redistribution By Mohamed Sraieb; University of Essex with Patrick Legros; Northeastern University and Université Libre de Bruxelles

In a special session highlighting the use of data from Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study led by the University of Essex:

School Quality and Parental Time Investments into Children By Birgitta Rabe; University of Essex with Ellen Greaves; The Institute for Fiscal Studies
Iftikhar Hussain; Sussex University and Imran Rasul; University College London

Consumption Spending, Housing Investments and the Role of Leverage By Thomas Crossley; University of Essex with Peter Levell; Institute for Fiscal Studies and Hamish Low; University of Cambridge

Intergenerational Co-Residence and Intrahousehold Allocation By Thomas Crossley; University of Essex, Ben Etheridge; University of Essex with Richard Blundell; University College London

The Impact of Brexit on Financial Expectations and Behaviours By Birgitta Rabe; University of Essex and Bernhard Schmidpeter; University of Essex


Latest findings, new research

Publications search

Search all research by subject and author


Researchers discuss their findings and what they mean for society


Background and context, methods and data, aims and outputs


Conferences, seminars and workshops

Survey methodology

Specialist research, practice and study

Taking the long view

ISER's annual report


Key research themes and areas of interest