Ellen Greaves

Ellen Greaves

Research Associate


MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2012

BSc Economics and Mathematics (1st Class), University of Bristol, 2007

ORCID: 0000-0002-2124-2645

Ellen joined the IFS in 2009 as a Research Economist in the Education, Employment and Evaluation sector. Ellen's research focuses on pupil well-being and attainment, including the impact of a pupil's month of birth and parents' marital status on these outcomes. She has also contributed to a number of large-scale policy evaluations, including the impact of the provision of universal free school meals and an early intervention literacy programme, and is currently leading the evaluation of the Achieve Together pilot. Related to schools and teachers, Ellen has investigated whether parents' preferences for primary schools mean that school choice and competition can help improve academic standards in schools, and is currently leading research into the costs and benefits of different initial teacher training routes.

Download CV

No decline in educational achievement of graduates entering teaching and health jobs, despite squeeze on public sector pay

| Press Release

During the Great Recession, public sector pay increased relative to that of private sector workers. The gap in pay between public and private sector workers has since fallen back to pre-crisis levels as the pay and pensions of public sector workers have been squeezed since 2010. Nevertheless, in new work published today, IFS researchers find little change in the educational achievement of new graduate entrants to teaching and health occupations over the last parliament. In the new report, funded and published by the Office of Manpower Economics, we use the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education from 2006 through to 2014 (a survey of all higher education leavers in the UK each year) linked to students’ A-level or equivalent results. This allows us to look in detail at the educational achievement of graduates joining major public sector occupations over time (mainly health professionals and teachers).

Find out more