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Assistant Professor, Economics Department, University of Warwick

Claire is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick and a Research Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Her research interests focus on the determinants of educational attainment and HE participation, including the roles of socio-economic status, expectations and aspirations, month of birth and parents' marital status. She is particularly interested in how education policy can be used to improve the outcomes of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and has played a leading role in the evaluations of a number of education programmes aiming to do just that, including on behalf of the Department of Education and the Education Endowment Foundation. She is also managing editor of Fiscal Studies.


  • 2014–present
    Assistant Professor, Economics Department, University of Warwick
  • 2010–2013
    Programme Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • 2004–2010
    Research Economist then Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies


  • 2012 
    Institute of Education, PhD in Economics of Education
  • 2004 
    University College London, MSc Economics
  • 2003 
    Lancaster University, BA (Hons) Economics (1st)


  • 2014
    What can wages and employment tell us about the UK's productivity puzzle? (with R. Blundell and W. Jin), Economic Journal
  • 2014
    The choice between fixed and random effects models: some considerations for educational research (with P. Clarke, F. Steele & A. Vignoles) , Education Economics
  • 2013
    Widening participation in higher education: analysis using linked administrative data (with H. Chowdry, L. Dearden, A. Goodman & A. Vignoles), Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A