Publications in: Higher education

Estimating the Returns to Part-time Undergraduate Degrees – September 2018

Subsector:Higher education
Published: 10 September, 2018
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by The Open University to undertake an analysis of the net graduate premium and net Exchequer benefit associated with undergraduate degrees undertaken on a part-time basis. The key findings indicated that The net graduate premium achieved by a representative English-domiciled student in the 2015-16 cohort completing a part-time undergraduate degree at […]

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The Economic Impact of Group of Eight Universities (Australia)

Subsector:Higher education
Published: 15 August, 2018
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Group of Eight universities in Australia to undertake an analysis of the economic contribution of their members universities to the Australian economy. The analysis focused on the 2016 academic year, and estimated the impact associated with the universities’ world-class research, the direct, indirect and induced impacts of the institutions’ expenditures, educational exports and the […]

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

Subsector:Higher education
Published: 19 February, 2018
Document type:LE publication

With the potential review of higher education approaching, London Economics have undertaken further modelling of the costs to the Exchequer associated with amending the interest charged on student loans, as well as the abolition of tuition fees. The analysis demonstrates that charging a 0% real rate of interest during study would cost the Exchequer £230 million per […]

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The Costs of Amending Student Support Arrangements – February 2018

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: 13 February, 2018
Document type:LE publication

With the potential review of higher education approaching, London Economics have modelled the costs to the Exchequer associated with a reduction in tuition fees to £6,000 and the re-introduction of maintenance grants. The analysis demonstrates that the cost of cutting fees stands at £1.169 billion per cohort, while maintenance grants cost £360 million. Importantly, despite […]

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The Costs and Benefits of International Students by Parliamentary Constituency – January 2018

Subsector:Higher education
Published: 11 January, 2018
Document type:Report

Given the continuing political debate about the inclusion of international students in UK migration targets, and the limited number of analyses of their net economic impact to date, London Economics were commissioned by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Kaplan International Pathways to undertake a detailed analysis of both the benefits and costs to […]

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Estimating the Costs Associated with the Student Support Offer – December 2017

Subsector:Higher education
Published: 13 December, 2017
Document type:LE publication

London Economics’ modelling estimates that the recent decision of the government to raise the repayment threshold on student loan repayments to £25,000, alongside an increase in the interest rate thresholds will cost approximately £2.85 billion a cohort. Breaking down this estimate, the additional Exchequer expenditure includes £1.09 billion in costs associated with the lower level […]

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The Economic Impact of Russell Group Universities – November 2017

Subsector:Higher education
Published: 02 November, 2017
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Russell Group to undertake an analysis of the economic contribution of their 24 members universities to the UK economy in 2015-16. The analysis estimated the impact associated with Teaching and Learning activity (here), world-class research (here), educational exports (here) and the direct, indirect and induced impact associated with the […]

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Reforming Student Finance to Increase Fairness and Widen Access – November 2017

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: 16 November, 2017
Document type:Report

London Economics was commissioned by the Sutton Trust to analyse the cost to graduates, higher education institutions and the Exchequer associated with a range of student support scenarios, including combinations of: means-tested tuition fees based on household income; the re-introduction of maintenance grants to 2015/16 levels before their abolition; and changes to the interest rates […]

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How is the Demand for Part-time Higher Education Affected by Changing Economic Conditions? – September 2017

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: 13 September, 2017
Document type:LE publication

There has been a substantial fall in the number of part-time students enrolled in higher education over the past decade, with the decline being particularly apparent amongst English higher education providers. In contrast, the number of full-time student enrolments has been on an upward trend. In parallel, the wider economy has seen both a deep […]

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