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Chris Belfield

Chris Belfield

Research Economist

Education

MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2016 

BA Economics (1st Class), University of Cambridge, 2013

Chris Belfield is a Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. His research interests include human capital investments at various ages: the interaction between maternal labour supply and child development; the impact of funding and policy decisions in schools; and the design of the higher education system.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper WP18/25
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, ...
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.

Reports and comment

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. ...
Briefing note
Pupils benefit from a large amount of state funding for education in the 12+ years they spend in formal education, about £73,000 on average for pupils aged 16 in Summer 2010 in England. The total amount they experience is shaped by their education choices (e.g. whether to stay on post 16 and/or go ...

Presentations

Presentation
Presentation at the launch event for our annual Education Spending in England report, held at One Great George Street.
Presentation
Keynote speech at Education Investor Conference