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Ms Ellen Greaves

B.Sc.(Bristol), MSc


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Research interests

My PhD research will provide evidence on whether parents in England value academic quality when choosing between state-schools, which is necessary for the mechanism of school choice to improve academic standards. I will explore the effects of school choice on social and ethnic segregation across schools, and simulate how this would change under alternative admissions criteria for schools that move away from the typical distance based criteria, accounting for residential preferences. I will also explore the causal effect of school quality on future attainment, by comparing the outcomes for children that are marginally accepted and rejected from their preferred school.

My previous research focussed on teachers and school quality in England. Work on teachers inlcuded the costs and benefits of different initial teacher training routes and the effect of performance related pay on the variation in pay in England. Work on school quality included the causes and consequences of the "London Effect", the impact of children's background on attainment, including their month of birth, and a number of evaluations to determine whether specific programmes can increase school attainment. These evaluations used both randomised controlled trial designs and quasi-experimental designs. 

External positions

Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies

4 Oct 2009 → …

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Research Output

  • 8 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 7 Commissioned report
  • 2 Discussion paper

Constrained optimisation? Teacher salaries, school resources and student achievement

Greaves, E. & Sibieta, L., 1 Dec 2019, In : Economics of Education Review. 73, 17 p., 101924.

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    Do trainee teachers harm pupil attainment? Isolating the effect of pre-service teachers on contemporaneous pupil performance in ‘high-stakes’ tests

    Greaves, E., Belfield, C. & Allen, R., 1 Jun 2019, In : British Educational Research Journal. 45, 3, p. 458-482 25 p.

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    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    School choice in England: evidence from national administrative data

    Burgess, S., Greaves, E. & Vignoles, A., 3 Sep 2019, In : Oxford Review of Education. 45, 5, p. 690-710 21 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)