Publications in: Labour market economics

Settling the Counterfactual Debate: Is There a Preferable Counterfactual when Estimating the Returns to Vocational Qualifications? – April 2018

Sector:Labour market economics
Client:centre-vocational-education-research
Published: April, 2018
Document type:Report

Using information from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data set, it is now possible to compare the characteristics and estimates for learners with different qualifications encompassing both types of counterfactuals used in the extant literature: learners in possession of qualifications at the ‘level-below’ and learners enrolling in similar vocational qualifications but failing to achieve (‘non-achievers’). […]

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The Costs of Amending Student Support Arrangements – February 2018

Sector:Labour market economics
Client:london-economics-publication
Published: February, 2018
Document type:LE publication

With the potential review of higher education approaching, LE Europe have modelled the costs to the Exchequer associated with a reduction in tuition fees to £6,000 and the re-introduction of maintenance grants. The analysis demonstrates that the cost of cutting fees stands at £1.169 billion per cohort, while maintenance grants cost £360 million. Importantly, despite […]

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The Costs and Benefits of International Students by Parliamentary Constituency – January 2018

Sector:Labour market economics
Client:hepikaplan
Published: January, 2018
Document type:Report

Given the continuing political debate about the inclusion of international students in UK migration targets, and the limited number of analyses of their net economic impact to date, LE Europe were commissioned by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Kaplan International Pathways to undertake a detailed analysis of both the benefits and costs to […]

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The Economic Impact of Russell Group Universities – November 2017

Sector:Labour market economics
Client:the-russell-group
Published: November, 2017
Document type:Report

LE Europe were commissioned by the Russell Group to undertake an analysis of the economic contribution of their 24 members universities to the UK economy in 2015-16. The analysis estimated the impact associated with Teaching and Learning activity (here), world-class research (here), educational exports (here) and the direct, indirect and induced impact associated with the […]

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Peer Effects and Social Influence in Post-16 Educational Choice – November 2017

Sector:Labour market economics
Client:centre-vocational-education-research
Published: November, 2017
Document type:Report

Following the increase in the education participation age, individuals are now required to study towards either a vocational or academic qualification until their 18th birthday once they have completed their GCSEs. However, there is currently relatively little understanding of the factors which determine which route learners choose to follow. Attainment in secondary school is clearly […]

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An Economic Assessment of Skill Gaps on Firm Productivity – November 2017

Sector:Labour market economics
Published: November, 2017
Document type:Presentation

LE Europe has undertaken research for Filtered, an online training platform, providing comprehensive insight into employer demand for skills driven by skills gaps. Using the 2015 wave of the Employer Skills Survey (ESS), we found that skills gaps have a significant effect on a number of business outcomes, including losing business to competitors, delaying development, […]

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The Payoff to Vocational Qualifications: Reconciling Estimates from Survey and Administrative Data – December 2017

Sector:Labour market economics
Client:centre-vocational-education-research
Published: November, 2017
Document type:Report

Estimating the wage differentials associated with particular qualifications has increasingly become part of the general ‘returns to education’ literature. Two particular strands of the literature looking at such qualifications can be identified: the first uses data on individuals obtained through representative sample surveys, such as the Labour Force Survey (LFS) in the UK, while the […]

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Reforming Student Finance to Increase Fairness and Widen Access – November 2017

Sector:Labour market economics
Client:the-sutton-trust
Published: November, 2017
Document type:Report

LE Europe was commissioned by the Sutton Trust to analyse the cost to graduates, higher education institutions and the Exchequer associated with a range of student support scenarios, including combinations of: means-tested tuition fees based on household income; the re-introduction of maintenance grants to 2015/16 levels before their abolition; and changes to the interest rates […]

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The Earnings Differentials Associated with Vocational Education and Training Using the Longitudinal Education Outcomes Data – October 2017

Sector:Labour market economics
Client:centre-vocational-education-research
Published: October, 2017
Document type:Report

For the first time, the matched Longitudinal Education Outcomes has been made available for analysis of qualification attainment and labour market outcomes in England. Using comprehensive information from different school, Further Education and Higher Education data sources, we estimate the association between achieving vocational qualifications at different levels of the Regulated Qualifications Framework and labour […]

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An Economic Evaluation of the National Careers Service – March 2017

Sector:Labour market economics
Client:Department for Education
Published: March, 2017
Document type:Report

LE Europe were commissioned by the Department for Education to undertake an evaluation of the National Careers Service. Using information on labour market histories from the HMRC, as well as learner information from the Individualised Learner Record, the analysis involved merging a range of data sets and implementing a Propensity Score Matching model to compare […]

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