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VIRTUAL EVENT: Impact of school closures on parent and child wellbeing

25 February 2021, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

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In this webinar, Dr Claire Crawford will speak on her recently published research on the impact of school closures on parent and child wellbeing.

This event is free.

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, especially amongst children, are receiving increasing attention. What is less clear are the channels through which these effects are operating.

This paper helps fill this gap by isolating the impact of school closures on children’s mental health.

The researchers used the way in which primary school children were invited to return to school in England in the summer term of 2020.

The government advice being that all children in reception, Year 1 and Year 6 should be invited to return from 1 June, while only vulnerable children and children of key workers could attend in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5.

The research adopted a difference-in-differences approach with child fixed effects, comparing changes over time (before the pandemic to July 2020) between children who were and were not invited to return to school using parent reports from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ).

Using reports from September 2020 – when all children had been invited to return school – they can explore the extent to which these effects persist.

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About the Speaker

Claire Crawford

Reader at Department of Economics at Birmingham Business School (since July 2018)

Prior to joining the department, Claire was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, starting in January 2014.

In 2004, Claire started her career at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), a research institute specialising in the microeconomic analysis of public policy, gaining her PhD part-time and rising to lead a team of researchers working on education and skills issues.

She remains a Research Fellow of the IFS and is also an Associate of the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at Warwick and a member of The National Audit Office University of Birmingham Tax Centre.