Research on inequality: the long roots of childhood, informing policies, and generational change

20 Jun 2018
Public lecture

In this lecture Professor Alissa Goodman spoke about her research on inequalities, showing how both cross-sectional and longitudinal data are being used to illuminate and address some of the major social and policy questions of our time. A recording of this lecture is available to view on this page.

About the lecture

Alissa demonstrated how the UK’s birth cohort studies – which each track large numbers of individuals (typically around 17,000) from birth and throughout their lives – reveal the long roots of childhood experience on later life, and the importance of tackling childhood mental health problems. Alissa also explored how earlier adult life is influencing the decisions of a generation now approaching retirement age, and some of the striking generational changes occurring in our society, including in income, and mental health.

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Speaker biography

Alissa Goodman Professor of Economics, Director of CLS and Co-Director of the Early Life Cohort Feasibility Study

Phone: 020 7612 6231
Email: alissa.goodman@ucl.ac.uk

Alissa is Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, leading the work of the Centre, with a particular focus on its scientific direction and external engagement. Alissa is also Co-Director of the new Early Life Cohort Feasibility Study, with overall responsibility for its scientific design and delivery, and is on the leadership team of the new Children of the 2020s Study.

Alissa is an economist whose main research interests relate to inequality, poverty, education policy, and the intergenerational transmission of income and well-being. In her previous employment, she served as deputy director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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