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Microsimulation modelling for the social sciences - summer school

The course will cover the following topics: – General introduction to micro-simulation modelling in the social sciences – Static non-behavioural tax-benefit microsimulation: General structure and an introduction to the EUROMOD simulation platform – Behavioural static labour supply models using EUROMOD: Specification options, estimation issues, applications to the microsimulation of reforms. – Dynamic microsimulation models: General structure, estimation issues and an introduction to NETLOGO. – Agent-based models: General structure and their relationship to dynamic microsimulation, estimation issues.

Workshop: Panel Data Econometrics using Understanding Society

In this introductory course, practical applications of panel data econometric methods will be illustrated using data from Understanding Society. There will be a strong emphasis on applied work, illustrating the use of relevant computer software with code provided for Stata. The short course will cover a range of topics in linear panel data models and nonlinear (dynamic) panel models. Familiarity with the basic syntax and structure of Stata is assumed.

Workshop: Using weights in Understanding Society

Understanding Society has a very complex survey structure and this needs to be taken into account in any analysis in order to infer results to a population. An easy way to take the structure into account correctly is by using weights alongside strata and clustering adjustments. This course aims to explain what weights take into account in Understanding Society. First, we will describe how weights are created. We will then provide guidance on how to select the best weight for a range of analyses. The course will then expand on how to create a tailored weight for a specific analysis, when this can make a difference and will be worth the effort, and will walk you step by step on creating such weights in a lab session.

The impact of tax-benefit systems in Africa

New briefing published by United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) on using microsimulation to test policies to reduce poverty in six African nations, based on ISER research

What do we know & what should we do about? Social science on social issues

Social science is integral to our understanding of society, helping inform and shape the future of our world for the better. So how can social science help us understand and address the big issues of today, such as immigration, inequality and the future of work? Launching a new series of short books, in this panel discussion, Chris Grey, Melanie Simms, Mike Brewer and Jonathan Portes will come together to discuss the impact of social science in society, showing how it provides vital insight into issues such as these which are often misrepresented or simplified in the mainstream media. Examining the power of social science to inform both policy makers and the general public, it will explore social sciences crucial role in helping us to formulate the direction and action we should take as a society in response.

Understanding Society: Intergenerational Persistence of Poverty and Poor Health Workshop

Workshop with Professor Jim McManus (Vice President of the Association for Directors of Public Health), Baroness Sally Greengross (Member of the Intergenerational Fairness and Provision Committe), Jennifer Wallace (Head of Policy at the Carnegie Trust) and Dr Heather Brown (Newcastle University and Understanding Society Policy Fellow).

The negative impact of positive Ofsted ratings

GCSE results suffer as parents back off from supporting their children, according to new analysis by ISER with a research team from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, University of Sussex, UCL and Bristol

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