Publications in: Education and Labour Markets

The Economic Cost of Providing Potential Refunds to Students During the Covid 19 Pandemic – June 2021

Published: 1 June, 2021

London Economics were commissioned by the LSE and University of Sheffield Students’ Unions to undertake a piece of analysis on higher education fees and funding. Underpinned by the significant financial constraints facing higher education institutions as a result of the pandemic, we were tasked with analysing a range of alternative approaches to provide domestic students […]

The Cost of Amending Repayment Thresholds Alongside Changes in Interest Rate and Loan Repayment Period – June 2021

Published: 10 June, 2021

London Economics were commissioned by the Higher Education Policy Institute to undertake some modelling of higher education fees and funding arrangements. Based on the current system of repayments facing the 2020-21 cohort of undergraduates, we were asked to model the resource impact on the Exchequer of the removal of real interest rates, the possible extension […]

Agenda for Change Pay and House Prices Since March 2011 – June 2021

Published: 16 June, 2021

London Economics were commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing to undertake an assessment of the how average UK house prices and total annual nursing staff pay has evolved since 2011. Using information from the Office for National Statistics and NHS Digital, the analysis identified that average house price inflation over the decade was approximately […]

The Impact of the Apprenticeship Levy on Apprenticeships and Other Training Outcomes – April 2021

Published: 14 April, 2021

Since April 2017, UK employers with an annual pay bill above £3 million have contributed to the Apprenticeship Levy. In this paper we use a matched firm-learner dataset to explore changes in apprenticeship and other training outcomes between 2015/16 and 2018/19, a period which spans the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. The findings reveal that […]

Estimating the Potential Impact of Policy Changes on International Student Demand for UK Higher Education

Published: 8 February, 2021

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Education to undertake an analysis of: The price elasticity of international student enrolments with respect to changes in the level of tuition fees charged – separately at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and for EU and non-EU domiciled students. The potential impact on first-year EU student enrolments and […]

The Net Exchequer Impact of Increasing Pay for Agenda for Change Staff

Published: 18 January, 2021

Corresponding to approximately 4% of employees in England, there are currently just over 1 million nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, and NHS support staff covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) Pay framework in England. Since 2010-11, pay levels at every single AfC spine point have lagged behind inflation, resulting in a significant decline in […]

The Economic and Social Impact of The Open University

Published: 6 November, 2020

London Economics were commissioned to analyse the economic and social impact of The Open University across the United Kingdom in 2018-19. To capture the economic impact of the University, we generated estimates of the economic benefits associated with the University’s formal teaching and learning activity associated with the 2018-19 cohort of UK-domiciled Open University students. […]

Lost Learning, Lost Earnings – October 2020

Published: 1 October, 2020

London Economics were commissioned by the Sutton Trust to assess the economic impact of school closures and subsequent learning loss. This study combines an analysis of the Labour Force Survey, the lost learning due to school closures between March and July 2020, and the unequal experiences depending on socio-economic background to estimate the potential impact […]

Apprenticeships and Social Mobility – June 2020

Published: 24 June, 2020

London Economics were commissioned by the Social Mobility Commission to undertake an analysis of the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy on the outcomes of learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. Announcing the publication of the report, the Commission said that the apprenticeship system is failing disadvantaged young people and Covid-19 will make it worse. Learners from disadvantaged […]

Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on University Deferral Rates and Student Switching – May 2020

Published: 20 May, 2020

As part of our ongoing work with the University and College Union on university finances, London Economics commissioned YouthSight to survey undergraduate applicants to assess the potential impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on UK higher education enrolments. We asked respondents two questions about attitudes towards deferral – one relating to a ‘business as usual’ scenario […]