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Centre for the Economics of the Household (EcHo)

Centre for the Economics of the Household (EcHo)

EcHo is the Royal Holloway focal point for research, events and PhD training dedicated to the modelling and analysis of household economic behaviour.

Some of the biggest issues faced by policy-makers today involve outcomes that are shaped by household behaviour. This includes the skills of future generations of workers, population health and health care demands, fertility and household composition, inequality and social mobility, and migration.

Over the past 30 years, economics of the household (or "family economics") has steadily established itself as a sub-field of economics, and one with strong policy relevance in relation to health, education, welfare and labour market policy. EcHo reflects the Department’s traditional strengths in the areas of labour economics and family economics. 

The research interests of the group spans a wide range of issues including:

* Education and skill formation

* Household formation, marriage and cohabitation

* Fertility and childcare

* Intra-household behaviour

* Domestic abuse and vulnerable children

* Health outcomes, nutrition and obesity


Professor Arnaud Chevalier - Director

Professor Dan Anderberg

Dr Gabriel Facchini Palma

Professor Jeff Frank

Dr Ahu Gemici

Professor Melanie Lührmann

Dr Juan Pablo Rud

Professor Rob Sauer 

Professor Andrew Seltzer

Associate Professor Gregory F. Veramendi

Professor Jonathan Wadsworth

Arnaud Chevalier and Jeff Frank continue their work on education, while Rob Sauer is a leading figure in developing the economics of volunteering. Jonathan Wadsworth’s research has focused the economic impacts of migration on the host country. Jonathan Wadsworth and Jeff Frank have expertise in the area of sexual orientation economics, with Jeff Frank being the project lead for “families and communities” of a new COST network based at York.



Dr Flavia Cavallini

Dr Greta Morando

Dr Lena Hassani Nezhad

Dr Alexander Vickery


Research and Publications

A list of recent publications can be found here



RHUL is proud to host the UK leg of the European Association of Labour Economists Tour 2024. The EALE tour showcase the best three Europeans job candidates and allow them to present their work and interact with faculties and students at three locations in Europe. The Tour will be at RHUL on Friday 26th April 2024, and will include presentations by the three best young European Labour Economists 2024: Rachel Scarfe (Edinburg), Ronja Hellensdotter (Gothenburg) and Jon Piqueras (UCL), the keynote will be given by Dan Anderberg (RHUL) and there will be presentations by some of our PhDs, as well as a discussion on the experience of the labour market for your PhDs.

All welcome to join – see program for details or contact Arnaud Chevalier.


Workshop on Labour and Human Capital Accumulation.

The workshop will take place on the 20th of June in Senate House 102, Malet Street, London (map). Click here for more information.

Seminar Series
EcHo co-organises the Economics Department Applied Seminar, together with the Centre for Macroeconomic and Labour Economics. For an up-to-date list of confirmed speakers and presentation titles please follow this link

Previous EcHo workshops have been held on 

- Workshop on the Political Economy of conflict - 2022

- Workshop on global health, environment and labour - 2022 

Social Care for Children (2020, funded by UKRI)

PhD Workshop on Labour and Family Economics 2019

- Education workshop 2018 - 'Economics of Education and Expectations'

- Domestic violence workshop 2017 - 'Economic Analysis of Intimate Partner Violence'


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