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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 Jesper Bagger

Dr Ahu Gemici

Professor Melanie Lührmann

Professor Jonathan Wadsworth

Dr Juan-Pablo Rud

Professor Jeff Frank

Professor Rob Sauer 

Professor Andrew Seltzer

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 Lena Hassani Nezhad

Dr Greta Morando

Dr Alexander Vickery

PhD and postdoc opportunities

Research and Publications

A list of recent publications can be found here


Workshop on the Political Economy of Conflict - September 14-15, 2022
The Centre for the Economics of the Household (EcHo) at Royal Holloway and the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary are organizing a workshop on the Political Economy of Conflict. The conference will be hosted by both Schools on September 14-15, 2022. 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 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'



Expectations and Aspirations in Higher Education

July 2019

Researchers from RHUL have published a report at the end of a Nuffield Foundation funded project. The project explores expectations about study success and future income of students at the start of their university studies. It further explores the impact of the university tuition fee increases announced in 2010 on the educational aspirations of children aged 10-15. As a final part, the project explores how diversity – as measured by native languages - in the classroom at university level affects choices and performance of university students.

The full report can be found here and a summary can be found here.

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