Education and skills

Our research considers the determinants and effectiveness of educational investments across the life cycle, from early childcare and pre-school education, through to primary and secondary schools, post-compulsory schooling, higher education and adult learning.

Our overarching aim is to understand the relative effectiveness of different policies aimed at promoting human capital investment and accumulation. We also want to understand the mechanisms behind these interventions and how human capital is accumulated more generally.

How much would it really cost to write off student debt?

| Observations

In this observation IFS researchers analyse how much it would really cost to write-off student debt.

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Higher Education funding in England: past, present and options for the future

| Briefing Note

Higher Education funding in England: past, present and options for the future

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Do schools reinforce or reduce learning gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students? Evidence from Vietnam and Peru

| Journal Articles

This paper investigates whether disadvantaged children learn less than advantaged children when both types of children are enrolled in the same school, using data from Vietnam and Peru. Two different results emerge: in Vietnam, there is no evidence that schools are less effective for disadvantaged groups, while in Peru disadvantaged groups do learn less.

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