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Ben Waltmann

Ben Waltmann

Research Economist


MPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2016

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (First Class), University of Oxford, 2013

Ben has joined the Education and Skills sector at the IFS in 2019. His main research areas are the economic value of higher education, school-to-work transitions, and computational methods for labour and education economics. He is currently working on the lifetime labour market returns of different undergraduate degrees in England.

Academic outputs

Reports and comment

Briefing note
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis poses a significant financial risk to the UK higher education sector. Universities are facing big losses across a range of income sources and investments. These losses could cause serious financial problems, including – in the extreme – insolvency. Most institutions ...
Going to university is a very good investment for most studentsOver their working lives, men will be £130,000 better off on average by going to university after taxes, student loan repayments and foregone earnings are taken into account. For women, this figure is £100,000. (These and other ...


These presentations were given as part of a day of lectures on Public Economics to students, held at the IFS.