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Alissa Goodman

Alissa Goodman

Research Fellow


MSc in Economics, Birkbeck College, London,  1996
BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Balliol College, Oxford, 1993

Alissa is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the UCL Institute of Education and a Research Fellow at the IFS. Her research interests cover a range of issues relating to education policy, inequality and poverty. Her current work is concerned with explaining the 'socio-economic gap' in child outcomes and in higher education participation; the importance of the development of cognitive and social skills in childhood for outcomes in adult life; and higher education funding policy. Her previous work has charted trends in income inequality, intergenerational income mobility, and child and pensioner poverty in the UK. She also has extensive experience in conducting a number of large-scale policy evaluations for government departments, including Education Maintenance Allowances, Employer Training Pilots, the Employment, Retention and Advancement demonstration, and Pathways to Work.

Academic outputs

Journal article | Social Science and Medicine
Journal article looking at the relationship between mother's mental health and childhood behaviour using the Millennium Cohort Study

Reports and comment

This report considers the extent to which differences in parental characteristics explain gaps in cognitive and socio-emotional development between children at older ages.
Children born to married parents achieve better cognitive and social outcomes, on average. This report asks why this is so.


Presentation given at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies Conference: 'The value and use of cohort studies' on 20 November 2012
This presentation was given at the launch of a special issue of Fiscal Studies on 29 June 2012.