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Laura van der Erve

Laura van der Erve

Senior Research Economist

Education

MPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2016

BA Economics and Management (1st Class), University of Oxford, 2014

 

Laura joined the IFS in 2016 and is a Senior Research Economist in the Education and Skills sector. Her research examines the causes of inequalities within and between generations, with a particular focus on the role of education. Current projects look at the drivers of geographical variation in intergenerational mobility, the role schools and universities can play in increasing social mobility, and the impact of labour market shocks on children’s long-run outcomes. Past work has looked at the returns to different types of education and the design of the higher education system.

Academic outputs

Journal article | Economics of Education Review
The impact of the design of income contingent loans for Higher Education students on the magnitude and distribution of government subsidies is highly dependent on the institutional setting.
IFS Working Paper W19/04
Income contingent loans are an increasingly popular tool for funding higher education. These loans have desirable features, but also potentially high overall government write-offs in the long run. This latter fact has been well documented, but little is known about how those write-offs vary by ...

Reports and comment

External publication
This report provides estimates of the earnings returns to completing postgraduate degrees, for British and Northern Irish students studying in Britain.
Briefing note
This Briefing Note uses linked administrative data to investigate gaps in access to postgraduate degrees. The numbers of students progressing to postgraduate study are increasing rapidly, such qualifications could therefore be an important driver of differences in early career opportunities.

Presentations

Presentation
The share of people staying on in education beyond the age of 18 has grown substantially in the UK since the 1980s. Yet until now, evidence on the effect of these qualifications on subsequent earnings has been limited. This event presented key findings from three pieces of research published in ...
Presentation
This presentation was given by Laura van der Erve at the Public Economics Lecture Day on 5 January 2018.