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The long roots of childhood, and how they explain economic inequalities across the whole of life

Alissa Goodman. In my inaugural lecture earlier this summer I asked the question, what are the root causes of the economic inequalities in our society, and why have these been so difficult to budge? This is a question that I’ve

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Social sciences and social policy

What have longitudinal studies ever done for us? A beginner’s guide is here

Alison Park. Earlier this year the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) launched its Longitudinal Studies Strategic Review – commissioned to assess the value and future needs of longitudinal research in the UK. The review clearly recognised the importance of the UK’s

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy, young people

Our longitudinal future – providing robust evidence for policy across the life course, from newborns right through to older age

Originally posted on ESRC blog:
by Alissa Goodman The ESRC last week published its Longitudinal Studies Strategic Review, a report by an international panel, which was commissioned by the ESRC to review its investment in longitudinal studies. The panel recognised…

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Generation Gifted: the statistical data behind the personal stories

  Heather Joshi.  While personal stories contain a depth of detail that cannot be collected on a grand scale, statistical evidence provides the background against which exceptional cases can be seen in wider perspective. BBC2’s ‘Generation Gifted’ documentary series is following six

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Research matters

Disadvantage and worklessness: a longitudinal perspective

Rob Davies is Public Affairs Manager for CLOSER, the UK longitudinal studies consortium funded by the ESRC and the Medical Research Council. CLOSER brings together eight biomedical and social longitudinal studies, with participants born as early as the 1930s to

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy
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