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Ellen Greaves, B.Sc.(Bristol), MSc

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student

Ellen Greaves

Ellen Greaves, B.Sc.(Bristol), MSc

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student

Member of

Postgraduate research supervised by

External positions

Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies

4 Oct 2009 → …

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. 

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