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Lindsey Macmillan

Reader in Economics, UCL

Lindsey is an economist who is principally interested in researching intergenerational transmissions, including intergenerational worklessness and intergenerational income mobility. Her previous work has examined a range of topics related to social mobility including the role of education and non-cognitive skills in the transmission of income and work across generations, the role of family background in accessing top positions and the cost of youth unemployment. Alongside her academic publications, Lindsey works closely with government and third sector organisations including the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

Lindsey has experience working with a range of data sources including the birth cohort studies (NCDS, BCS), the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), the National Pupil Database (NPD), the Higher Education Standards Authority (HESA) linked longitudinal survey (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education – DLHE) and the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

She is currently working on a number of projects including the measurement of intergenerational income mobility, international comparisons of intergenerational mobility, recent trends in educational inequality, educational trajectories by family background and examining the recent improvement in London schools.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Economics, Institute of Education, University of London