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Centre for Household Interaction and Economics (CHINE)

Centre for Household Interaction and Economics (CHINE)

CHINE 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.

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


Dr Lena Hassani Nezhad

Dr Greta Morando

PhD and postdoc opportunities

Research and Publications



Workshop on structural family economics in the planning


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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