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George Osborne's claim that household income has risen is 'inconceivable', says OBR

George Osborne's claim that household income has risen is 'inconceivable', says OBR | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Head of the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), tells Treasury Select Committee it will be “several years” before household spending power returns to its pre-recession peak

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Queen’s continue groundbreaking study into children in care

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have secured funding to resume a groundbreaking study into children in care – the only one of its kind anywhere in the world.
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A £1 million grant from the ESRC has funded The Care Pathways And Outcomes study, which has followed, at intervals, almost 400 children.

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Teesside University professor to lead £866,000 public health project

Teesside University professor to lead £866,000 public health project | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Researchers are spearheading a unique project to change the behaviour of teenagers and prevent them getting into dangerous situations as a result of alcohol.
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Fuse: the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health is working in collaboration with Teesside and Newcastle University on this project.

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Premature babies are less wealthy in adulthood, study shows

Premature babies are less wealthy in adulthood, study shows | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"Babies who are born prematurely tend to accumulate less wealth as adults and it may be due to their poor numeracy skills, a new study suggests."

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This study by University of Warwick uses data from the National Child Development Study - funded by the ESRC. 

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Bill Gates sets example for business leaders on carbon pricing

Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft who is using his personal wealth to tackle poverty and disease in developing countries, has highlighted the importance of climate change policies, including strong carbon pricing.
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Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science, writes this blog for Huffington Post.

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Employing secondary data for further insight: a Q&A with Paul Meller

Employing secondary data for further insight: a Q&A with Paul Meller | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Paul Meller is asked about the impact of secondary data among many questions.

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Paul Meller, head of data and resources at the ESRC, talks about the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative in a q&a.

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Do you promise not to tell?

Do you promise not to tell? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Professor Paul Baker talks to Stephen Fry on the BBC Radio 4 English Delights show focused o the mysterious appeal of secret language.

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Professor Paul Baker of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences speaks to Stephen Fry on Radio 4 about coded language - specifically polari.

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Third of UK’s Portuguese immigrants are Luso-Indians

At least one third of all Portuguese nationals who were born outside the EU and who emigrated to the UK during the first three months of this year are from Goa, according to a new study by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford is part-funded by ESRC.

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New estimates show China's carbon emissions were less than previously thought

China's carbon emissions have been substantially over estimated by international agencies for more than 10 years, according to research co-led by the University of East Anglia.
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Professor Dabo Guan's research is the result of an ESRC funded project, Dynamics of Green a Growth in European and Chinese Cities.

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Stroke 'more likely' with long hours

Stroke 'more likely' with long hours | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
People working more than 40 hours a week are more likely to have a stroke, a study suggests.
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This study has been part-funded by the ESRC.

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Lesbians, gays and bisexuals less satisfied with life, new report shows

A major study of sexual minorities in the UK and Australia shows that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are significantly less satisfied with their lives than heterosexuals.

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This research uses data from the ESRC's UK Household Longitudinal Study.

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New test to help diagnose autism in adults

New test to help diagnose autism in adults. University psychologists have developed the first self-assessment test designed to help clinicians diagnose

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Research, by Sarah Barrett at the Wales Autism Research Centrelooking at the extent to which adults are affected by repetitive behaviours – one of the criteria used to diagnose autism – has been funded by the ESRC.

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Is this the secret to a lasting marriage?

Is this the secret to a lasting marriage? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Researchers in Canada found happily married women were more sensitive to their husband’s unexpected positive emotions than to their negative ones.
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The research cited in this article used data from the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey.

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What to expect from record year of privatisations

The current financial year looks like being the biggest year for privatisations on record. What can we expect?

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Article cites analysis from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Premature Babies Are Less 'Wealthy' As Adults, Lack Greater Mathematical Abilities

Premature Babies Are Less 'Wealthy' As Adults, Lack Greater Mathematical Abilities | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A study has linked the birth of premature babies to less intelligence, lower mathematical skills and wealth at the later stage of life.

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This study by University of Warwick uses data from the National Child Development Study - funded by the ESRC.

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£3 million of funding to explore ‘Urban Transformations'

Four new studies to help us better understand cities and the complex role they play in society, have been awarded nearly £3 million from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Bloomberg Business reports on the recent announcement of projects to receive funding through the Urban Transformations portfolio.

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Political inequality and the power of the grey vote

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British Election Study data demonstrates that the gap has widened in terms of turnout rates between young and old.

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Regulating the House of Lords

Professor Meg Russell discusses the potential future of the House of Lords on BBC Radio 4.

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Professor Meg Russell, who has conducted ESRC-funded research on the House of Lords, says "the last thing we want is a House of Lords that mirrors the House of Commons" (listen from 1 hour, 15 minute onward).

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Researchers find link between social media and crime patterns

Research shows that tweets about certain crime types  help estimate patterns of crime, often over and above conventional correlates such as unemployment and proportion of young people in an area.

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The ESRC has funded this research, which was led by Dr Matthew Williams from the Social Data Science Lab at Cardiff University.

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Generating value from the public domain

There has been little scrutiny of the role of the public domain in fostering innovation. The study, Copyright and the Value of the Public Domain is one of the first empirical attempts to map the process of value creation from public domain inputs for the creative industries, although much work remains to be done.

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Copyright and the Value of the Public Domain recently published by the UK Intellectual Property Office and co-funded by the ESRC highlights the huge value of the public domain for both consumers and innovators.

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Are you sitting comfortably?: ‘Sitting down as unhealthy as smoking’ say researchers

Are you sitting comfortably?: ‘Sitting down as unhealthy as smoking’ say researchers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Cigarette packets come with a health warning – and perhaps chairs should carry the same warnings too, if the latest claims by experts at Queen’s University Belfast are to be believed.
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This study has been carried out at the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health, at Queen's University Belfast - part-funded by ESRC.

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UK graduates are wasting degrees in lower-skilled jobs

UK graduates are wasting degrees in lower-skilled jobs | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Over-qualification has reached saturation point, meaning money invested in education is being wasted and young people are crippled by debt, report warns
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The data behind this survey is provided by European Social Survey, which is supported by the ESRC.

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Alcohol does not affect victims' rape evidence, say academics

Alcohol does not affect victims' rape evidence, say academics | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Sexual assault victims who were drunk at the time can recall key details which could help courts convict their abusers, research by academics at the University of Leicester suggests.

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This study, by Dr Heather Flowe, was funded by the ESRC.

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Accuracy of sexual assault testimonies not affected by alcohol intoxication, study finds

Research suggests intoxicated victims of sexual assault could accurately retain information from events

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The study cited in this article was funded by ESRC.

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What if the UK population keeps growing?

What if the UK population keeps growing? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The UK population grew by almost half a million last year to 64,596,800. What might happen if it continues to increase?
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Professor Jane Falkingham, Director of the ESRC Centre for Population Change, speaks about issues surrounding food and water for future populations.

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Cities, cyborgs and social science: how will we live in the year 2065?

Cities, cyborgs and social science: how will we live in the year 2065? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A new form of research is needed to bring us the cities of the future.
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The article was written by Michael Keith, Director of the ESRC-funded COMPAS and coordinator at the ESRC Urban Transformations programme.

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