At any one time, ISER is involved in a wide range of cutting edge social and economic research across many disciplines. Completed projects
Investigating the impact of Universal Free School Meal (UFSM) programmes run in several local authorities in England since 2004 on children’s educational attainment, absences and bodyweight.
A project focusing on a mixed methods study comprising five closely related work packages (WPs) to answer the question: what is the impact of the introduction of UC on mental health and wellbeing, what are the implications for health inequalities, and how these effects are moderated by variation in implementation across Great Britain?
COORDINATE is the next phase of the GUIDE project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme in recognition that policymakers across Europe are currently unable to draw upon consistent, comparable and high quality data on child wellbeing to inform policy.
A study that will develop a new mathematical model which will simulate the potential impact of the economic changes on mental health of the British population.
Examining factors which drive the observed gender gap in pay progression: the role of employer wage-setting power and gender differences in job-to-job mobility patterns.
This new project aims to adapt and improve the indirect tax handling of EUROMOD further, by making use of the EUROSTAT HBS data for all countries of the European Union for which no considerate data issues exist.
The overall aim of the project is to assess the role of tax and benefit policies in mitigating the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty and inequality in three countries in the Andean region: Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Expanding the scope of the results provided by the current EUROMOD Statistic Presenter, allowing more comprehensive and flexible policy analyses.
The Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted many Londoners’ incomes as well as outgoings. Where prior to the crisis financial hardship in London had largely been characterised by low pay and in-work poverty, unprecedented economic conditions have meant more and more people have become unemployed.
The aim of the project is to develop a labour supply model for Ecuador enabling to take into account behavioural responses from ex-ante tax-benefit policy reform simulations.
Investigating the distributional effects of COVID-19 in Ecuador and the role of tax–benefit policy interventions in mitigating the impact of the crisis during the first wave of the pandemic.
Looking at the impact of Covid-related school closures on student achievements, inequalities in assessed exam grades and how confusion over A-level grading made a difference to university participation
Assessing the impact of school closures related to Covid-19 on employment and family wellbeing for parents, especially mothers
ISER is also seeking to understand how the current Covid-19 situation may be affecting students’ education – through a new research project called Digital Schools
Looking at ways to contribute to the development of tools to evaluate social policies aimed at reducing poverty and inequality in Mexico by means of a tax-benefit microsimulation model
Working alongside the Universidad de Chil and the Centre for Economics and Social Policy at the Universidad Mayor on building a tax-benefit microsimulation model, based on the EUROMOD platform, for Chile
Investigating economic insecurity over the life course by means of dynamic microsimulation modelling.
Tax collection in the Andean region low compared with other countries in Latin America and with developed economies (OECD countries). The overall aim of the project is to assess the budgetary and distributional effects of tax policy reforms in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
Developing new methods to collect data about life events throughout the year
Looking at ways to contribute to the use of tax-benefit microsimulation techniques in Colombia to improve evidence-based policy making in the country
Enhancing EUROMOD’s UK component to create a widely accessible, simplified, transparent and policy-relevant tax-benefit model.
Investigating to what extent the recent hikes in the minimum wage have impacted on wage progression and pay differentials.
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.
This new microsimulation tool will be used to design an evidence-based national reform plan aimed at furthering the automatization of social rights.
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.
New microsimulation models to explore the impacts of social protection and tax systems in developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia
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
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.
Providing new evidence for Britain earnings instability and improving the measurement of household living standards
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