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Claire Crawford

Claire Crawford

Research Fellow


PhD Economics of Education, Institute of Education, University of London, 2012
MSc Economics, University College London, 2004
BA (Hons) Economics (1st class), Lancaster University, 2003

Claire is a Research Fellow of the IFS and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick.

She was previously Programme Director of the Skills sector at IFS. Her research interests focus on the determinants of educational attainment and HE participation, including the roles of socio-economic status, expectations and aspirations, month of birth and parents' marital status. She is particularly interested in how education policy can be used to improve the outcomes of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and has played a leading role in the evaluations of a number of education programmes aiming to do just that, including on behalf of the Department of Education and the Education Endowment Foundation. She is also managing editor of Fiscal Studies.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W17/11
There is substantial evidence of a significant relationship between parents’ income and sons’ earnings in the UK, and that this relationship has strengthened over time. We extend this by exploring a broader measure of net family income as an outcome.
IFS Working Paper W16/22
Many governments are considering expanding childcare subsidies, but little is known about the impact of such policies on parent’s labour supply. Exploiting free childcare eligibility rules based on date of birth in a difference-in-differences framework, we compare the effects of offering free ...

Reports and comment

In this report, we present long-run series of spending per student in England across the four main stages of education (early years, schools, further education and sixth forms, and higher education).
Reducing socio-economic gaps in education outcomes has been at the heart of government strategy to raise social mobility for many years. Achieving higher educational qualifications enables individuals to earn more, on average, so if those from poorer backgrounds are less likely to attain these ...


Presentation given at the European Economic Association conference, 22 August 2017.
This presentation was given by Christine Farquharson at the 2017 Royal Economic Society Conference on 10 April 2017.