Poverty, Educational Attainment and Covid-19 [Podcast] EP23

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Mairi Spowage is joined by colleague Emma Congreve from the Fraser of Allander Institute and Dr Jonathan Norris from the Department of Economics at Strathclyde to discuss the release of two new economic perspective articles on Friday 29 June. Issues around poverty and the poverty related attainment gap were core policy priorities of the Scottish Government pre-crisis and will no doubt need to continue to by post-crisis.

Our first paper looks at efforts over the last 10-15 years made by the Scottish Government to tackle poverty and how this can inform efforts over economic renewal (or ‘building back better’) post-pandemic.

Our second paper looks at the evidence around the building of socio-emotional skills for young people and the additional barriers faced by low income families. In the light of Covid-19 we discuss how the building of these skills may have been set back, and what can be done to ensure that this doesn’t have a permanent impact on the prospects of young people.

(1:10) Introduction to ‘A Prelude to Building Back Better’
(8:22) What are the possible impacts of Covid-19 on poverty?
(12:57) Introduction to ‘The Economics of Parenting: Children and Inequality in a Time of Shutdown’
(28:48) Will the nature of this particular crisis have a more serious impact on education than a ‘normal’ recession?
(33:14) What are the challenges with measuring success?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Media of outputOnline
Size34.6 MB
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2020


  • coronavirus
  • poverty
  • economic perspective
  • attainment gap
  • Scottish government
  • economic renewal
  • socio-emotional skills
  • low income families
  • impact on education


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