Current and Past Research Projects
Economic and Social Determinants of Political Preferences in Germany and the United Kingdom
We thank the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung for financial support.
Family Structure and Adult Children's Location Decisions
joint with Helena Holmlund and Helmut Rainer
Geographic distance between adult children and their elderly parents is an important determinant for the well-being of both generations and influences the frequency of contact between parents and children trough visits and phone calls, helping behaviour, mutual exchange of social and instrumental support and parental care decisions. This research looks at various determinants of adult children’s and their parents’ geographic proximity. The principal aim is to provide new evidence on the effect of family size on adult children’s location decisions. The more detailed objectives of the research are to provide answers to the following questions: Do adult children from larger families live further away from their parents’ residence because they have more siblings to share parental visits, intergenerational support and parental care decisions with? How does geographic location of adult children and their parents change over the life-cycle? Are there differences in child-parent geographic proximity between daughters and sons, and for siblings of different birth order? Do adult siblings who left their parents’ home live close to each other?
We thank the Economic & Social Research Council for financial support under grant RES-000-22-2684.
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Meet the Parents? Family Size and the Geographic Proximity between Adult Children and Older Mothers
(2013), 50(3), 903-931 with Helena Holmlund and Helmut Rainer
Family Location and Caregiving Patterns from an International Perspektive
Population and Development Review
(2012), 38(2), 337-351 with Helmut Rainer
People’s Trust: A Survey-Based Experiment
joint with John Ermisch, Diego Gambetta, Laurie Heather and Noah Uhrig
Trust is an important lubricant for social and economic transactions but there has been very little academic study of this subject, particularly in the UK. This research project looks to remedy that by measuring trust and trustworthiness using a newly designed experiment using real monetary rewards in a near-representative sample of the British population . This research was the first study of its kind for Britain, and one of only a few in the world based on samples from the general population, as opposed to university students.
The sample frame was from households who were formerly members of the British household Panel Survey. One person from each household was selected randomly. The researchers combined the experimental method with both a representative sample and the survey method. This approach made it possible to obtain sound and representative behavioural measures of both trust and trustworthiness. The trust game that was presented to subjects was of the basic "one shot" method. The design of the trust game differed from the standard trust game experiment used by Berg et al 1995 and Glaeser et al 2000 principally by compensating the interviewee before the experiment began.
Berg, J., Dickhaut, J. and McCabe, K. (1995) Trust, reciprocity, and social history. Games and Economic Behavior, 10, 122-142.
Glaeser E.L., Laibson, D.I., Scheinkman, J.A. and Soutter, C.L. (2000) Measuring trust. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 115, 811-846.
We thank the Economic & Social Research Council for financial support under grant RES-000-22-2241.
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Measuring People's Trust
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A
(2009), 172(4), 749-769 with John Ermisch, Diego Gambetta, Heather Laurie and S.C. Noah Uhrig
From Parents to Children? Socio-economic attainment and the role of family background
joint with Marco Francesconi and Stephen P. Jenkins
This research project looks at the determinants of socio-economic attainment in Germany (especially family background), comparing the results with similar studies in Britain. It analyses the extent to which material disadvantage is transmitted across generations from parents to children and the channels of transmission in both countries.
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We thank the Anglo-German Foundation for financial support.
Parental Unemployment and Young People's Extreme Right-Wing Party Affinity: evidence from panel data
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society,Series A (Statistics in Society)
(2011), 174(3), 737 - 758
The Effect of Lone Motherhood on the Smoking Behaviour of Young Adults
(2010), 19(11), 1377-1384 with Marco Francesconi and Stephen Jenkins
Childhood Family Structure and Schooling Outcomes: Evidence for Germany
Journal of Population Economics
(2010), 23(3), 1201-1231 with Marco Francesconi and Stephen Jenkins