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Dr Angus Holford Research Fellow, University of Essex

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Curriculum vitae

I’m an economist based in the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. I collected and am now analysing a unique longitudinal survey of undergraduates for a ground-breaking study of student life and outcomes from Higher Education. I have recently published on undergraduate students’ decisions to gain extra-curricular experience, unpaid work and access to science professions, the returns to part-time employment among teenagers.

Research Agenda: My research agenda is focused on the mechanisms in determining gender, socio-economic and ethnic differences in educational attainment and early labour market outcomes. At present, this means one strand of work focusing on the impacts of Universal Free School Meal programmes, and another on access and returns to Higher Education.

I’m also a Research Affiliate with the IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor) and was a Research Fellow at the Behavioural Insights Team (‘Nudge Unit’) at the Cabinet Office, Oct 2012-Jan 2013, where I produced verbal and written policy advice and research reports, and was involved in randomised control trials for evidence-based policy.

Research Interests: Evidence-based policy; randomised control trials; peer effects; microeconometrics; family economics; education inequalities.

Teaching: I deliver the course Introduction to Impact Evaluation annually through the National Centre for Research Methods

I am the course convenor and lead lecturer on the MSc module “EC969: Applications of Data Analysis” run jointly with the Department of Economics. This is a compulsory module for the MSc Applied Economics and Data Analysis and optional for MSc Economics.

Supervision: I am co-supervisor for two PhD students, Sonkurt Sen and Tomasso Sartori, and co-supervised Joshua Fullard to completion. I’m available to discuss proposals for potential PhD supervision.

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    1. Graduates’ labour market and training expectations during COVID-19

      Emilia Del Bono, Adeline Delavande, and Angus Holford

      1. Training: Labour Market
      2. Education
      3. Labour Market
      4. Economics
      5. Health
      6. Surveys
      7. Higher Education
      8. Covid 19
    2. Impact of the Universal Infant Free School Meal policy

      Angus Holford and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Education
      2. Child Development
      3. Households
      4. Poverty
      5. Public Policy
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Health
    3. Impact of the Universal Infant Free School Meal policy

      Angus Holford and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Education
      2. Child Development
      3. Households
      4. Poverty
      5. Public Policy
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Health
    4. How did universal infant free school meals affect children's bodyweight?

      Angus Holford and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Education
      2. Child Development
      3. Public Policy
      4. Health
    5. Student preferences over fees, grants and loans

      Adeline Delavande, Emilia Del Bono, and Angus Holford

      1. Economics
      2. Public Policy
      3. Debt: Indebtedness
      4. Finance
      5. Higher Education
    6. What explains ethnic and SES gaps in degree class and dropout?

      Emilia Del Bono and Angus Holford

      1. Ethnic Groups
      2. Social Stratification
      3. Higher Education


    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 34 in total

    1. Free school dinners ‘led to fall in childhood obesity rates’

    2. A bad deal for early-career researchers

    3. Experience versus salary

    4. The case for universal infant free school meals

    5. What I wish I’d known before my unpaid internship

    6. Internships cost job seekers £1,000 a month in London and £827 in Manchester

    7. Death of part-time job for teenagers: number of youngsters who take on Saturday work falls by a fifth

    8. Teenagers ditch Saturday jobs amid rising exam stress

    9. Are Saturday jobs less popular among UK children now?

    10. Students with BTECs do worse at university – here's how we close the gap

    11. Así puede perjudicar tu carrera ser becario gratis

    12. Prácticas no remuneradas afecta futuro profesional de los jóvenes

    13. Interns lose out later

    14. Graduate interns earn less after three years than those who shun unpaid work, study finds

    15. Graduates who take unpaid internships end up £3,500 worse off compared to those who go straight into work

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