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 Principal Investigator of the National Child Development Study

Phone: 020 7612 6231

Alissa is Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, leading the work of the Centre across all of its scientific and operational teams. Alissa is also Principal Investigator of the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS), leading the team responsible for developing its content, design and analysis.

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

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