A big new ESRC grant

  • We’ll use a mix of web data from the Diffbot knowledge graph, UK and EU administrative microdata and a range of machine learning tools, to build rich new worker-firm panels — something that’s extremely challenging to do at scale in the UK.
  • We’ll then use this platform to test causal effects of diversity on various measures of economic performance at both firm and urban level.
  • Critically, we should be able to explore multiple dimensions of diversity — gender, ethnicity, nationality and country of birth — something that’s also proven hard to do in the past.
  • As well as a number of academic papers and short-form outputs, we’ll also be making a version of the platform available post-project as a public resource for other researchers through the UK Data Service.
  • The grant starts in July and runs for three years.
  1. Three research papers, covering links between gender and ethnic diversity (and their intersections) and firm-level productivity, innovation and entrepreneurship. These would be published as working papers on high-profile platforms, then submitted to peer-reviewed journals.
  2. Additional non-technical, short-form content for each paper — blogposts / essays / features on well-read platforms and outlets, policy briefings, media comment; inviting our network / community to co-author or directly contribute whenever possible;
  3. The underlying data platform, which (subject to permissions) we will make available to other researchers as a safeguarded data asset;
  4. The wider network / community of researchers and practitioners we will build through the co-production process.

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UCL & CEP. Co-founder @centreforcities and @whatworksgrowth. Urbanism, economics, innovation, migration and public policy. My views. I’m at www.maxnathan.com.

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Max Nathan

Max Nathan

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UCL & CEP. Co-founder @centreforcities and @whatworksgrowth. Urbanism, economics, innovation, migration and public policy. My views. I’m at www.maxnathan.com.