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

20th June 2018 17:45 to 19:00

In this lecture Professor Alissa Goodman will talk 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.

Alissa will demonstrate 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 will further show 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. 

About the speaker

Alissa Goodman is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies in the Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education (IOE). She is the Principal Investigator of the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS), and is currently leading the team responsible for the design and content of the study's major new age 61 sweep.

She is an economist whose main research interests relate to income inequality, poverty, education policy, and the intergenerational transmission of wellbeing. Alissa previously served as Deputy Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, Britain’s leading independent microeconomics research institute.