At any one time, ISER is involved in a wide range of cutting edge social and economic research across many disciplines.
Maximising informed consent by investigating what influences the decision of survey respondents to allow their data to be linked to administrative records.
Assessing the success of the Free School Meals policy in improving children’s educational achievement, social behaviour and health.
Providing new evidence for the UK on the presence and relative contribution of place effects to individual social and economic outcomes.
Building a case for a European Research Infrastructure that will provide comparative longitudinal survey data on child and young adult well-being over the next 25 years.
A cross-country investigation into how education, labour market and family choices create inequality across the life-course.
Follow-up to the successful InGRID project aiming to advance the integration and innovation of distributed social sciences research infrastructures on ‘poverty, living conditions and social policies’ as well as ‘working conditions, vulnerability and labour policies’.
Assessing the impact of recent innovations within Brazil’s national health system on mortality and hospitalization rates, and on the efficiency of the health system.
Investigating the extent to which public health provision enhances the capacity for social protection in Brazil.
Assessing to what extent clinical information on an individual’s health status could influence their behaviours.
Charting people’s experience of debt and utilisation of debt advice.
Examining the relationship between the growth in insecure and unstable forms of employment and peoples’ behaviour in relation to seeking and remaining in work.
Cataloguing the biomarker data available in the Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resource (CLOSER) and other significant longitudinal studies, to develop a gold standard for allostatic load measurement, while informing the scientific community of the availability of biomarkers for research in the social- biological agenda.
Investigating the extent and nature of non-sampling errors and exploring ways of reducing such errors in the future.
Targeting design features to reduce survey costs and improve survey participation.
Groundbreaking research into the prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health.
Transforming our understanding of the dynamics of living standards.
Investigating how the timing of births varies across the business cycle.
Simulating reform scenarios of the minimum income benefit level in several European countries to estimate the effects on household incomes.
Investigating whether women’s participation in politics stimulates economic growth in India.
Producing resource documents to set an agenda for the CLOSER network by investigating the use of mixed-mode data collection in longitudinal surveys, how new technologies can be used to measure health and health behaviours, and how new technologies can be used to measure non health topics.
New microsimulation models to explore the impacts of social protection and tax systems in developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia
Extending the model’s simulation tools for indirect tax policies to a wider range of European countries
Investigating the causes of pay inequalities for women, ethnic minorities and disabled people
Applying microsimulation models of Croatian taxes and benefits in public policy and academic analysis to demonstrate their effectiveness
BOOST2018 is a study undertaken by researchers at the University of Essex to better understand students’ life at university, the issues they may face in their daily life, their aspirations, expectations, attitudes, and their outcomes.
A ground-breaking £1.4 million ESRC-funded study is gathering evidence to help policy makers understand how behaviours and socio-economic factors impact on the nation’s health
Higher education is a priority in UK government policy, but access to university is still unequal, with students from well-off families being more likely to apply for a degree
What impact would a European-wide unemployment benefit scheme have on income stabilisation and social outcomes?
Examining which expectations and perceptions are held by students that may make them stay on in full-time post-compulsory schooling and apply to university.
Extending the policy scope of EUROMOD to include indirect taxes
This research project examines how recent challenges, such as increased economic uncertainty and ethnic diversity, have affected inequality and support for the welfare state in European countries.
Assessing the desirability and feasibility of setting up a Europe-wide longitudinal study of the well-being of children and young people.
Updating evidence on how the recession has affected economic well-being and economic vulnerability for different ethnic groups.
Providing new evidence for Britain earnings instability and improving the measurement of household living standards
A new study attempting to better understand the role of occupational segregation in ethnic minority poverty
A comprehensive, innovative project, providing an insight into the determinants of educational success amongst the children of immigrants.
Examines ethnic/racial disparities in early child development – comparing the UK and US.
Examining the processes and methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of state interventions
An EssexLab experiment designed to see if taxes and the withdrawal of benefits have different impacts on individuals’ willingness to work
Seeking to understand and reduce non-response in panel surveys
A comprehensive investigation of time-limited incentives to work on short and medium-run employment outcomes.
Integrating existing European social sciences research infrastructures to develop and innovate evidence-based policies for inclusive growth
Expanding our understanding of environmental attitudes and behaviours.
A comprehensive evaluation of the change to benefits entitlement for lone parents introduced in November 2008
Seeking to improve longitudinal data quality and reduce survey costs
Understanding the causes of polarisation, its features and its implications
Breaking new ground in assessing how pre natal hormone exposure may influence the life course
Examining what changes in our lives influence car ownership and commuting
Exploring the effects on maternal labour supply of different types of free childcare
Providing robust, independent empirical evidence on reform of care services and disability benefits for older disabled people
Creating an international partnership between ISER and the Universities of Melbourne and Queensland in Australia
Analysing the impact of Universal Credit on single parent families and asking if the Government is ‘making work pay’.
A comprehensive study of the causes of church growth and decline.
A detailed and timely study asking how values are changing in Europe and how much of this change might be due to the waning influence of religion.
Examining the likely impact of Universal Credit on the incomes and incentives of families containing National Minimum Wage workers
Using EUROMOD to measure the impact of past policy decisions on poverty outcomes in Europe
A network of experts exploring the implications of taking probability-based social surveys online.
A ground-breaking project using previously unexploited data
Exploring the economic outcomes of women, men and dependent children affected by partnership dissolution, and the impact of family breakdowns on mental health and well being.
Studying the effect of school inputs on pupils’ educational attainments at the age of 16
Investigating the behaviour of individuals and households in response to economic recession
A ground-breaking project comparing the impact of smoking bans in Italy and the UK on the level of smoking in pregnant women and of maternal smoking on unborn children.
The second major study of the pension habits of 25,000 workers
Investigating the possible impact of the National Minimum Wage on job entry by the unemployed
A cross-national comparison of selection and the economic returns to post-secondary education
Providing evidence on the current EU socio-economic situation to inform policy decisions
Assessing the implications for the European labour markets of the four broad types of processes in the societies: socio-ecological transition, demographic changes, spatial dynamics and skills transition
Part of a cross-national study of new immigrants in Europe
A comprehensive study examining the effects of breastfeeding on children, mothers and employers
Examining life chances and living standards across the EU
Improving the comparability, scope and applicability of tools, methods and data for the measurement of income and the analysis of the effects of policies on inequality, poverty and social inclusion
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