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I have just started my new position as Assistant Professor at the (University of Texas at Austin) and so a new website is currently under construction.

My main field of interest is the economics of education. My current main research is examining the effect of ordinal rank on later outcomes. The other papers for my PhD look at international immigration of university students, and the effect of increasing allegations in the teacher labour market.

Current work/future research includes the impact of unconditional bursaries on completion rates and student performance, a RCT for the impact of peer to peer learning amongst teachers in 180 primary schools and the effect of mobile phone use in secondary schools.

Last year I became a CESifo Young Affiliate and was awarded Outstanding Early Career Impact award by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for my policy paper on teachers. I produced a report summarising the broad research on teacher quality and methods of measuring teacher effectiveness. Its recommendations were accpeted by the UK government and were acknowledged as influencing the Secretary of State for Education's reforms to give schools the freedom to set pay in line with performance and to heighten the selectivity of teacher training routes. (Submitted statements from end users)

With the prize money I have set up the Economics of Higher Education research network. This network aims to bring academics and policy makers working in the field of HE closer together.


Contact Details:

London School of Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Telephone: 020 7955 6970