Publications in: Labour market economics

The Earnings and Employment Returns to A Levels – March 2015

Subsector:Secondary education
Published:22 March, 2015
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Education to analyse the returns to A levels. The core results indicated that compared to GCSEs/O levels, there are strong positive wage returns to A levels – irrespective of whether the individual goes on to complete further or higher qualifications. The full report is available here.

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The Impact of the Minimum Wage on Young People – March 2015

Subsector:Secondary education
Published:18 March, 2015
Document type:Report

London Economics were asked by the Low Pay Commission to undertake an analysis of the impact of the recent slowdown and freeze in the national minimum wage on young people’s earnings and employment outcomes.

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Higher Education Fees and Funding Reforms in England: What is the Breakeven RAB Charge for the Treasury?

Subsector:Labour markets
Published:12 March, 2014
Document type:LE publication (working papers and economic briefs)

London Economics’ Research Brief considers the costs of the higher education fees and funding reforms in England. In this analysis, the term “break-even” refers to the point at which the estimated costs to the Treasury resulting from the 2012-13 higher education reforms have the same long run economic cost as the fees and funding system […]

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An International Comparison of Apprentice Pay

Subsector:Secondary education
Published:13 March, 2014
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Low Pay Commission to undertake an investigation of the level of apprenticeship pay across fourteen countries. Covering a range of countries with different educational and apprenticeship systems, the main focus of the analysis relates to the assessment of apprentice pay (adjusted for price differences across countries) as a proportion […]

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The Outcomes Associated with the BTEC Route of Degree Level Acquisition

Subsector:Labour market economics
Published: May, 2013
Document type:Report

London Economics’ were commissioned by Pearson to undertake research on role of BTECs in offering pathways into higher education. The analysis was based on Labour Force Survey data over 16 years and assessed the outcomes in university achieved by learners with BTEC qualifications, as well as the outcomes of these learners in the labour market […]

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A Disaggregated Analysis of the Long Run Impact of Vocational Qualifications

Subsector:Labour market economics
Published: February, 2013
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to undertake an assessment of the long term effect of vocational education and training on labour market outcomes. We combined information from the Individual Learner Record (ILR) between 2002/03 and 2005/06 on learner attainment, detailed earnings information (between 2003/04 and 2009/10) and employment […]

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The Impact of Further Education Learning

Subsector:Labour market economics
Published: January, 2013
Document type:Report

Based on a survey of 4,000 learners, London Economics assessed both the economic and wider benefits of learning associated with vocational education and training. The report also assessed a number of issues relating to deadweight loss and learners’ perceptions of loans in Further Education.

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An Exploratory Evaluation of the Next Step Service

Subsector:Labour market economics
Published: November, 2012
Document type:Report

The Next Step service is a nationally branded careers and skills advice service that is available free to adults in England aged 19 and over irrespective of their prior skills, qualifications and employment status. Since April 2012, Next Step has been rebranded as the National Careers Service. We merged Next Step administrative data with information […]

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The Impact of Investment in Intangible Assets on Productivity Spillovers

Subsector:Labour market economics
Published: May, 2012
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to conduct a literature review of the evidence regarding the impact of investment in intangible assets on productivity spillovers. The review provides a summary of the theory underpinning the concepts of intangible assets, their measurement, as well as the theory of spillovers. We […]

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Estimating the Impact of Training on Productivity Using Firm-level Data

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: May, 2012
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to undertake an assessment of the impact of publicly funded training on firm-level productivity. Firm-level analysis has traditionally been hampered by a lack of reliable and comprehensive data. For the first time in the UK, a matched employer-employee dataset with information on government […]

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