Publications in: Economics of Education

Cheating Risk from Online Essays – September 2014

Subsector:Education
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
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 market economics
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:Labour market economics
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 Economic and Social Benefits Associated with Further Education and Skills: Learning for Those Not in Employment

Subsector:Education
Published: August, 2013
Document type:Report

The study provides a detailed analysis of the benefits associated with Further Education and Skills for learners not in employment. The findings in this report are based on a telephone survey of 1,955 learners not in employment who received or completed their learning in 2011/12. In addition to focusing on the wider benefits associated with learning and […]

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A Critical Path to Securing the Future of Higher Education in England

Subsector:Education
Published: June, 2013
Document type:Report

Following the significant changes to higher education fees and funding arrangements, the IPPR commissioned London Economics to undertake a range of modelling to assess the resource flows occurring between the Exchequer, Higher Education Institutions and students/graduates. Ensuring fiscal neutrality to the Exchequer at all times, the modelling demonstrates the outcomes associated with a reduction in […]

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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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Higher Education Funding in England: Do the Alternatives Add Up?

Subsector:Education
Published: May, 2013
Document type:Report

Amid questions about the sustainability of the Coalition Government’s reforms to higher education funding in England, a new report from the university think-tank million+ and London Economics, Higher education funding in England: do the alternatives add up? reviews the costs and benefits of two alternative funding proposals that have been put forward. The first alternative […]

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The Determinants of University Selection

Subsector:Education
Published: April, 2013
Document type:LE publication (working papers and economic briefs)

See London Economics’ recent Research Brief on the determinants of university selection. The analysis looks at the role of university name and ranking on selection rates, as well as the value of a university ranking place and graduate employment outcomes.

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Are the Changes to Higher Education Funding in England Cost-effective? – Report

Subsector:Education
Published: February, 2013
Document type:Report

In association with million+, London Economics published the second Behind the Headlines report today identifying the expected economic costs and benefits associated with the changes to higher education fees and funding that took place in 2012/13. Alongside the full report, a summary of the document is also available.

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