Publications in: Economics of Education

Delivering Value from the Higher Education Estate – April 2015

Subsector:Economics of 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:Labour market economics
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:Education
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
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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