A new era for longitudinal research

04 May 2010

Governments worldwide are recognising the importance of long term evidence in policy making and are making significant investments in longitudinal research resources.

The UK, France, Ireland, Germany and Australia have all established new longitudinal studies to enable analysis of society over time, often revisiting the same people.

Professor John Bynner, writing in the second issue of the Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Journal, said the investment was particularly significant in light of the current global recession:

“Despite the economic upheavals of the last two years, and the ongoing recession, recognition of the need for an evidence base founded on long term longitudinal resources to support the policy process, now needs no further justification.”

The second edition of the Longitudinal and Life course Studies Journal has now been published and can be downloaded free of charge from the Longview website.

The journal was established with a Nuffield Foundation grant and aims to provide an outlet for people across the world, working in the field of longitudinal research, to publish articles within the broad framework of life course enquiry.

Highlights of Issue 2

  • Origins of the British birth cohort studies by Michael Wadsworth
  • Pushy parents make for later grandparents: Parents’ educational expectations and their children’s fertility among two British cohorts by Dylan Kneale
  • Lifelong childlessness in England and Wales by Martina Portanti and Simon Whitworth
  • Statistical modelling of repeated measurement data by Harvey Goldstein and Bianca De Stavola
  • Book reviews
  • News and events