The impact of ESDS data

ESDS logoThe Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) has produced several case studies highlighting how data have been used in research and teaching.

  • Free bus pass policy: Does it keep our senior citizens slim?
    Using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, research showed that free bus passes for disabled and those over 60 were associated with increased use of public transport and positive health effects.
  • Assessing the link between financial liberalisation and saving
    This study focuses on the effects of financial deregulation on gross national and household savings via its impact on interest rates. The only relationship that appears clear is that deregulation has an adverse effect on household saving, at least in the short-term.
  • Cancer awareness among frontline staff
    The findings from this project show that awareness of cancer warning signs is generally good among among community-based NHS and social care staff, and higher than the general public. However important gaps still exist - particularly low awareness of cancer risk factors.
  • Ageing in a cultural context: disability and control in the US and England
    Focusing on the difference in beliefs about personal control found between older adults in England and the United States, the researchers used national data to examine how cross-national differences in disability vary according to different levels of control.
  • Comparative social change in the UK and Japan
    Research on social change in Japan has been extended to include an international comparative study with the UK - utilising the Isle of Sheppey studies, the Metropolitan Villages Survey, and the Three Hertfordshire Villages Survey.

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