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
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
PhD and postdoc opportunities
Research and Publications
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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
- Social Care for Children (2020, funded by UKRI)