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Families and children
Families and children   Research in this area covers several topics: childcare provision and mothers' behaviour in the labour market; child development and returns to education; and support for families with children through the benefit system.
Research projects
Date started: 01 May 2013
Our research aims to provide crucial and robust new evidence on the longer-term impact and cost-effectiveness of teachers trained through different routes and is likely to have significant impact on both the academic and policy communities.
Date started: 01 February 2012
Researchers at IFS monitor the changes in inequality across the population.
Date started: 01 January 2011
Researchers at IFS look child poverty on an ongoing basis, analysing the effectiveness of government policy designed to alleviate - and eventually abolish - child poverty.
Date started: 15 October 2008
This research will analyse existing datasets to identify the characteristics of the very poorest families, and also self-employed families. It will examine different aspects of the economic circumstances of these families, including their income, material deprivation, and other subjective measures of poverty.
Date started: 01 July 2008
This project will update the forecast of child poverty in 2010 and 2020, and set out the cost of various policies that would help the government meet its target. The project will report in time to inform Budget 2009.
Date started: 01 April 2006
By taking a life-cycle approach, starting in early childhood and moving through to compulsory schooling and beyond, this project will build a picture of the cumulative nature of educational attainment, assessing the relative importance of different factors at different stages in the lives of young people growing up in poverty.
Date started: 17 December 2004
The project will allow the IFS to conduct a national study (jointly funded by the DfES through the Centre for the Economics of Education) to look at how length of schooling and day of birth affects children's academic outcomes at the ages of 7, 11 and 14.
Date started: 01 September 2004
This project aims to explore the extent to which parental income affects smoking behaviour amongst children.
Date started: 01 September 2004
In this research we ask what differences in child development can be found between different ethnic groups.
Date started: 01 August 2004
This project asks who benefits from Child Benefit.
Date started: 01 May 2004
The project will estimate the impact of an extension of the National Minimum Wage to 16 and 17 year olds on their labour market and education choices.
Date started: 01 April 2004
This project aims to shed light on the broad question of what types of early childcare can be most helpful for what types of children and in terms of what outcomes.
Date started: 01 October 2002
The worsening record on teenage pregnancies of both Britain and the USA relative to other countries motivates a continued interest in estimating the long-term socioeconomic consequences of teenage motherhood.
Date started: 01 October 2002
Policymakers have used the wide body of research evidence from around the world, which purports to show that children who grow up in poor families experience a wide range of negative outcomes, to justify large increases in benefits to families with children. The most commonly found justification for this approach has been that it serves to improve children's outcomes, both in childhood and later in life.
Date started: 01 October 2001
Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP)
Date started: 01 April 1999
The project evaluates the proposed Education Maintenance Allowance comparing the government's pilot areas with selected control areas.