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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. Going universal - the impact of free school lunches on child body weight outcomes

      Angus Holford and Birgitta Rabe

      1. Education
      2. Child Development
      3. Public Policy
      4. Health
    2. Access to and returns from unpaid graduate internships

      Angus Holford

      1. Human Capital
      2. Labour Market
      3. Social Stratification
      4. Higher Education
    3. Do parents tax their children? Teenage labour supply and financial support

      Angus Holford

      1. Young People
      2. Education
      3. Labour Market
      4. Labour Economics
      5. Wages And Earnings
      6. Household Economics
    4. Survey design and the determinants of subjective wellbeing: an experimental analysis

      Angus Holford and Stephen Pudney


    Displaying media publications 16 - 30 of 34 in total

    1. Unpaid internships damage long-term graduate pay prospects

    2. Mit der Höhe des Taschengelds: wie Eltern ihre Kinder besteuern

    3. Parents ‘taxing’ children who get part-time work

    4. Parents ‘tax’ school-age children who take part-time work

    5. Saturday jobs ‘can damage GCSE exam results’

    6. Saturday jobs ‘can damage GCSE exam results’

    7. Youngsters who get themselves Saturday jobs like Brooklyn Beckham or Jamie Oliver's kids might harm their grades - especially if they're girls

    8. Saturday jobs ‘can damage exam grades for teenagers’

    9. Food for thought

    10. More than just nutrition

    11. Encouraging take-up of FSM

    12. Policy and Politics - Interview : Angus Holford

    13. Poor families 'shunning free school meals'

    14. Poor families 'shunning free school meals'

    15. LACA response to ISER research into free school meals

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