Our research

AME seeks to deliver policy/research user engagement on core policy questions relating to research in the areas of the family (via exogenous shocks to family income, health status), child outcomes (involving multidimensional child ‘capabilities’ including health, cognitive and behavioural skills) and the labour market (effectiveness of team based incentive schemes, gender wage gap and unemployment).

Current research

Recent research papers in applied econometrics published by the AME cluster members:

Family and public investments in children

  • The effect of maternal labour supply upon time investments on children (Tominey and Swaffield)
  • The effect of quality time that mothers spend with their children and that children spend on their own on cognitive development during adolescence (Del Boca, Nicoletti and Monfardini)
  • The effect of school resources on child educational achievements (Nicoletti and Rabe)

The importance of social networks

  • The effect of mothers’ peers on employment decisions and health behaviour around child birth (Nicoletti, Tominey and Salvanes)
  • Sibling spillover effects in test scores (Nicoletti and Rabe)
  • The introduction of new methods to identify the effect of peers by using overlapping reference groups such as the schools and neighbourhoods children belong to (Burridge, Nicoletti, Tominey).

Longitudinal administrative data

  • Linkage of administrative data and survey data in Germany and Finland to study major life event transitions such as maternity and unemployment (Wilke).
  • Estimation biases caused by data quality issues in administrative data (Wilke).

Low wage, wage inequality

  • The impact of the Living Wage on workers' labour market outcomes and on the risk of in-work poverty as part of “Identifying Sustainable Pathways Out of In-work Poverty” project funded by the ESRC Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Scheme and projects partners JRF/JRHT, City of York Council and York St John University (Swaffield, Tunstall, Bradshaw and Snell).