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Laura van der Erve

Laura van der Erve

Research Economist

Education

MPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2016

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

 

Laura is a research economist at the IFS and a PhD student at University College London. Her research focuses on education and intergenerational mobility. Current projects look at geographical variation in, and causal determinants of, intergenerational mobility, the labour market impact of undergraduate and postgraduate field of study, and the estimation of school quality. She joined the IFS in 2016.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper WP19/04
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 ...
IFS Working Paper W18/25
There have been many studies of the impact of higher education (HE) on the wages and earnings of graduates. However, for working women, the variation in wages only explains 30% of the variance in net family income. To understand the overall impact of HE on the living standards of female graduates, ...

Reports and comment

Briefing note
This work estimates how government spending is distributed by subject studied and university attended, based on grants and unrepaid student loans (including both tuition and maintenance loans).
Report
This report estimates the impact on earnings of attending HE compared with not going. The authors detail how this varies by subject and institution of study, as well as how these returns vary by gender, prior educational attainment and the sorts of subjects individuals have studied up to age 18. ...

Presentations

Presentation
This presentation was given by Laura van der Erve at the Public Economics Lecture Day on 5 January 2018.
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IFS Working Paper WP19/04
Jack Britton, Neil Shephard and Laura van der Erve
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 ...
Press release
Chris Belfield, Jack Britton, Neil Shephard and Laura van der Erve
The current system of funding undergraduate education means that costs to government are highest for subjects where graduates earn the least, and lowest for subjects where they earn the most. This is an unintended consequence of the English loan-based system, which costs taxpayers about £9 billion ...
Briefing note
Jack Britton, Laura van der Erve, Neil Shephard and Chris Belfield
This work estimates how government spending is distributed by subject studied and university attended, based on grants and unrepaid student loans (including both tuition and maintenance loans).
Report
Chris Belfield, Jack Britton, Franz Buscha, Lorraine Dearden, Matt Dickson, Laura van der Erve, Luke Sibieta, Anna Vignoles, Ian Walker and Yu Zhu
This report estimates the impact on earnings of attending HE compared with not going. The authors detail how this varies by subject and institution of study, as well as how these returns vary by gender, prior educational attainment and the sorts of subjects individuals have studied up to age 18. ...
Press release
Chris Belfield and Laura van der Erve
We know that higher education provides a significant boost to earnings. But when considering future family income, other aspects matter too: how many hours graduates work, who they partner and how much tax they pay.
Observation
Chris Belfield and Laura van der Erve
Universities are a key determinant of the earnings power of graduates. But when considering the role universities play in determining the living standards and socially mobility of graduates, it is vital to incorporate the wider impacts of higher education on both other sources of income and ...
IFS Working Paper W18/25
Chris Belfield and Laura van der Erve
There have been many studies of the impact of higher education (HE) on the wages and earnings of graduates. However, for working women, the variation in wages only explains 30% of the variance in net family income. To understand the overall impact of HE on the living standards of female graduates, ...
Broadcast
Matt Dickson talks to Laura van der Erve about the merits of doing a university degree, and what recent evidence suggests are the relative labour market returns to degrees in different subjects at different institutions.
Journal article | Economics of Education Review
Jack Britton, Laura van der Erve and Tim Higgins
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.
Newspaper article
Chris Belfield and Laura van der Erve
lot of factors influence how much an individual earns. Some of these are determined before you are born: how rich your parents are, as well as your gender and ethnicity. Some are decided very early on in life, such as performance at school. But some of these factors are choices, such as what and ...