Analysis of the effects of policy reform (recent examples include welfare reform, changes in school leaving ages)
Modelling individual behaviour, including fertility, health, retirement, charitable giving and subjective well-being
Policy/programme evaluation: difference-in-differences, instrumental variables and other "natural experiments"
Analysis of panel data and cohort data
Example PhD topics
Modelling the effect of childbearing on women's subjective well-being, looking at birth-order and gender effects and taking account of selection issues.
Estimating the causal impacts of early life experiences on later life outcomes, using alternative approaches to identification, including
Looking at social interactions in charitable giving: for example, generational patterns in pro-social behaviour (cohort patterns in giving, volunteering and voting); and comparing the UK and US. Data sources include the Justgiving website which has multiple donations to the same individual fundraiser