Gaining more education does lead to higher wages

Economists have long been asking whether increasing education leads to higher wages. In his recently published work, Matt Dickson exploits the relationship between smoking as a teenager and education choice to tease out the causal relationship. He finds that, across the distribution of education levels and the ability range, getting more education does result in a higher wage. For policy, this means that raising the […]

November 20th, 2013|Matt Dickson|1 Comment|

Education in Scotland: Performance in a devolved policy area

As the people of Scotland consider their vote in next year’s referendum, what evidence is there that the nation can succeed ‘on its own’? Gill Wyness, Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally explore how Scotland compares with the rest of the UK in education, an area of public policy that is already highly devolved.  When considering whether or not Scotland should […]

How can we secure the school-to-school collaboration so vital for improvement?

Since their introduction by the Blair government in 2000, Academy schools have proved deeply controversial. Becky Francis reflects on the report of the Academies Commission, which investigated whether this educational innovation was meeting the goals for which they were originally intended. An emerging consensus suggests that autonomy for such schools must be married to collaboration and, at present, it has yet to be […]

Sweden has reformed its welfare state to deliver both efficiency and equity – the UK should learn from its example.

Sweden is widely seen as a standard-bearer of social democratic principles. However Will Tanner contends that while the Swedish welfare state is an unlikely poster child for sustainable government, it is nonetheless leading the way in public service reform.  Politicians the world over are grappling with the same fundamental challenge: how to make government sustainable. The fiscal reckoning may have been exposed […]

What does the future hold for the Higher Education system in England?

In the last post of our higher education special, Louis Coiffait asks what the future holds for the first cohort of students under the new fees regime, as well as for the Higher Education system as a whole. While there are many things we can’t know, there is nonetheless a basis upon which to predict general trends.  The excitement of freshers week […]

Book Review: Exits, Voices and Social Investment: Citizens’ Reaction to Public Services

Over fifty years ago, Albert Hirschman argued that dissatisfied consumers could either voice complaint or exit when they were dissatisfied with goods or services. Loyal consumers would voice rather than exit. Hirschman argued that making exit easier from publicly provided services, such as health or education, would reduce voice, taking the richest and most articulate away and this would lead […]

The link between schools and house prices is now an established fact

Steve Gibbons describes how a series of influential studies from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the LSE has confirmed the widespread belief that a link exists between house prices and the quality of local schools. He goes on to explain the nuances of the findings and the significance they hold for public policy surrounding education, cities and social […]

The cost of a child is not just about the size of a parent’s wallet

Donald Hirsch presents research into the true cost of a child and whether state benefits are enough to help low income families meet the cost. It found that on average it costs about £80,000 to bring a child up to age 18 before paying for childcare, but that working families requiring full-time childcare would require an additional £60,000 for this purpose. […]

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