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

Reports and comment

Through the lottery of birth, children are born into different socio-economic circumstances and grow up in environments that are remarkably different from each other. This report looks at inequalities in early childhood in the UK.
This report considers the extent to which differences in parental characteristics explain gaps in cognitive and socio-emotional development between children at older ages.


The environment that children are raised in, and their development of cognitive, and social and emotional skills affect the subsequent trajectory of their lives. Inequalities between children in these domains open up very early in life.
Presentation given at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies Conference: 'The value and use of cohort studies' on 20 November 2012