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Senior research economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies

Ellen is a senior research economist in the Education sector at IFS. Ellen's research focuses on pupil well-being and attainment, including the impact of a pupil's month of birth and parents' marital status on these outcomes. Ellen has also contributed to a number of large-scale policy evaluations, including the impact of the provision of universal free school meals and an early intervention literacy programme, and is currently leading the evaluation of the Achieve Together pilot that targets resources for teachers in disadvantaged schools. Related to schools and teachers, Ellen has investigated whether parents' preferences for primary schools mean that school choice and competition have the potential to improve academic standards in schools, and is currently leading research into the costs and benefits of different initial teacher training routes. This project combines information on the recruitment and retention of teachers trained through different routes with the costs of benefits associated with their training.


  • 2009–present
    Senior research economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies


  • 2012 
    UCL, Msc Economics (distinction)
  • 2007 
    University of Bristol, BSc Economics and Maths (1st class)


  • 2013
    Test scores, subjective assessment and stereotyping of ethnic minorities, Journal of Labour Economics
  • 2012
    Cohabitation, marriage and child outcomes: an empirical analysis of the relationship between marital status and child outcomes in the UK using the millennium cohort study, Child and Family Law Quarterly
  • 2011
    Parental choice of primary school in England: what types of school do different types of family really have available to them?, Policy Studies