Publications in: Economics of Education

Estimating the Costs Associated with the Student Support Offer – July 2018

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: 03 July, 2018
Document type:Presentation

London Economics recently presented an analysis of the current higher education fees and funding arrangements – and possible alternatives – at the Wonkhe conference “Proceed with Caution”. The full presentation is available here.

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Mind the Gap: Comparing Public Funding in Higher and Further Education – November 2015

Subsector:Higher education
Published: 18 November, 2015
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the University and College Union to undertake a forensic analysis of the public funding associated with Higher and Further Education across the Home Nations of the United Kingdom. The analysis demonstrates the significant differences in public funding between the different education paths in England, but also the fundamental differences across […]

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The Economic and Social Impact of Cardiff University – October 2015

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: October, 2015
Document type:Report

London Economics undertook an in-depth economic impact analysis on behalf of Cardiff University. The analysis considered the economic  and social impact  of the university on the UK economy covering teaching and learning activities, research, the direct, indirect and  induced effect associated with the university’s physical footprint, as well as its contribution to exports arising from […]

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It’s the Finance, Stupid! The Decline of Part-time Higher Education and What to Do About It – October 2015

Subsector:Labour market economics
Published: 29 October, 2015
Document type:Report

London Economics have contributed to a new Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) Report on part-time higher education. The analysis by Dr Gavan Conlon and Maike Halterbeck contrasts the methodology underpinning current official estimate of the RAB charge and that presented in previous work undertaken by London Economics for million+ and the IPPR. Given the differences […]

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Delivering Value from the Higher Education Estate – April 2015

Subsector:Higher education
Published: 16 April, 2015
Document type:Report

The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) has published the report ‘Delivering Value from the Higher Education Estate’ produced by Kilner Planning and London Economics. Delivering value from the estate is a core element of the Phase II Review of Sir Ian Diamond’s review into Efficiency and Effectiveness in Higher Education. The report documents […]

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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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Reaching Higher: Reforming Student Loans to Broaden Access to Postgraduate Study – October 2014

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: October, 2014
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) to model the costs to the Exchequer associated with the introduction of a loan scheme for postgraduate students.

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Cheating Risk from Online Essays – September 2014

Subsector:Education and Labour Markets
Published: September, 2014
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by Ofqual to undertake a mystery shopping exercise of ‘student support’ services available online. To undertake the independent research, London Economics engaged with a number of online companies who offer to write essays for students. The commissioned essays were passed on to experts at Ofqual for subsequent marking, which demonstrated that, […]

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Assessing Value for Money in Sixth Form Education – June 2014

Subsector:Education and Labour Markets
Published: 16 June, 2014
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Association of Sixth Form Colleges to undertake a detailed analysis of the value for money in Sixth Form education in England. Based on a number of merged data sets, the analysis demonstrated the exceptionally strong attainment outcomes achieved by students attending Sixth Form Colleges, as well as the superior […]

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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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