PhD Economics, University College London, 1995
MSc Economics, London School of Economics, 1991
LLB, Australian National University, 1986
Bachelor Economics (Hons.), Australian National University, 1983
Lorraine is a Research Fellow in the Education Sector at the IFS and is also Professor of Economics and Social Statistics in the Department of Social Science, University College London. Lorraine joined the IFS in 1992 as its first Ph.D. research scholar and became a full time member of the research staff in January 1995. She has studied at University College London, the London School of Economics and Australian National University.
Her research focuses on the impact of education and training on labour market outcomes and company performance; evaluation of education and labour market policies; impact of month of birth on childhood and adult outcomes; income support for students; the evaluation of childcare, home learning environment and early years policies on children's and parents' outcomes; ethnic inequality and discrimination; the determinants of the demand for different types of schooling; wage determination and the labour market; higher education funding issues; intergenerational income and education mobility; and programme evaluation issues and methods.
Lorraine is currently involved in the Administrative Data Research Centre – England which involves researchers from the IFS, UCL, LSHTM and Southampton University. She was Director of the ESRC's National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), PEPA (Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis) NODE based at the IFS and is Deputy Director of the Centre for the Economics of Education (CEE) which involves researchers from the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and the Institute of Education; and is. She is an elected fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (2009) and an IZA Fellow.