Publications in: Labour markets

Understanding the Limitations of Graduate Outcome Measures in Higher Education – September 2018

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: 8 October, 2018
Document type:Report

The structure and level of higher education student support funding continue to be key policy questions for the UK Government. Perceived as financially unstable, the current arrangements have recently been the subject of numerous Parliamentary reports on higher education fees and funding. In parallel to these reviews of the current structure of student support arrangements, […]

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Evaluation of Prisoner Learning – June 2018

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: 07 June, 2018
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Education and Ministry of Justice to undertake an analysis of the OLASS4 offender learning in prisons. The analysis combined information from the Individualised Learner Record (on publicly funded training) with Ministry of Justice data relating to prisoners’ criminogenic characteristics and re-offending, as well as earnings and employment […]

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Settling the Counterfactual Debate: Is There a Preferable Counterfactual when Estimating the Returns to Vocational Qualifications? – April 2018

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: 11 April, 2018
Document type:Report

Using information from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data set, it is now possible to compare the characteristics and estimates for learners with different qualifications encompassing both types of counterfactuals used in the extant literature: learners in possession of qualifications at the ‘level-below’ and learners enrolling in similar vocational qualifications but failing to achieve (‘non-achievers’). […]

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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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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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The Journey from Childhood Skills to Adult Financial Capability – Analysis of the 1970 British Cohort Study – November 2017

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: 20 November, 2017
Document type:Report

The Money Advice Service believes childhood and adolescence are vital times to influence future financial capability and that what happens in these years can have profound effects on financial outcomes. Too little is known about the factors in childhood and adolescence that contribute to long term financial outcomes. This research aims to contribute to filling […]

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An Economic Assessment of Skill Gaps on Firm Productivity – November 2017

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: 27 November, 2017
Document type:Presentation

London Economics has undertaken research for Filtered, an online training platform, providing comprehensive insight into employer demand for skills driven by skills gaps. Using the 2015 wave of the Employer Skills Survey (ESS), we found that skills gaps have a significant effect on a number of business outcomes, including losing business to competitors, delaying development, […]

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The Earnings Differentials Associated with Vocational Education and Training Using the Longitudinal Education Outcomes Data – October 2017

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: October, 2017
Document type:Report

For the first time, the matched Longitudinal Education Outcomes has been made available for analysis of qualification attainment and labour market outcomes in England. Using comprehensive information from different school, Further Education and Higher Education data sources, we estimate the association between achieving vocational qualifications at different levels of the Regulated Qualifications Framework and labour […]

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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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The Impact of Student Loan Repayments on Graduate Taxes – July 2017

Subsector:Labour markets
Published: 20 July, 2017
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the University and College Union to assess the lifetime costs to higher education students associated with receiving and repaying student loans provided by Student Finance England. In addition to assessing the loan balance on graduation and repayments made, the analysis estimates the effective average and marginal tax rates associated with […]

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