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My PhD will extend my previous research on school choice by exploring the joint decisions of residential location and school choice. Currently, access to “good” schools in England is typically rationed by higher house prices, which is socially selective. My aim is to simulate the effect of alternative rationing mechanisms on school and neighbourhood composition.

One chapter builds a dynamic model of households’ optimal choices of location and school across life-stages. This is used to simulate the effect of alternative admissions arrangements (for example lotteries rather than catchment areas) on student sorting and educational inequality, accounting for endogenous location decisions. Another chapter will explore the demand side in more depth than in the existing literature, providing evidence on the types of household that move in response to local school quality across life-stages. This will refine my policy simulations to explore the effect of alternative admissions arrangements for schools. Other chapters explore school choices in England, for example whether school choices are segregating, whether school choices respond to school quality information (Ofsted ratings) and descriptive analysis across household type and geographical location.

My previous research focussed on teachers and school quality in England, and interactions between public and private investments in an education setting. Work on teachers includes 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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