Institute of Education


Working Papers

QSS Working Papers constitute work in progress publications. They are published to stimulate discussion and contribute to the advancement of our knowledge.

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15: Engaging in cognitively stimulating activities and change in cognitive function: a cross-country analysis using SHARE - Andrea Cegolon and Andrew Jenkins

14: The evolution of the association between ICT use and reading achievement in 28 countries - Francesca Borgonovi and Magdalena Pokropek

13: Unions Increase Job Satisfaction in the United States - Ben Artz, David Blanchflower and Alex Bryson

12: A review and evaluation of secondary school accountability in England: Statistical strengths, weaknesses, and challenges for ‘Progress 8’ raised by COVID-19 - Lucy Prior, John Jerrim, Dave Thomson and George Leckie 

11: The impact of religious attendance on trust, volunteering, and cooperation: A cross-lagged panel analysis with individual fixed effects - Ozan Aksoy and Dingeman Wiertz

10: Intergenerational Earnings Mobility in Mexico - Nancy Daza Báez

09: Joining the European Union as an advantage in science performativity. A quasi-experimental study - Giulio Marini

08: The effect of being awardees for academic careers. ERC and FIRB recipients’ outcomes compared to ordinary academics – performances and promotions - Giulio Marini and Viviana Meschitti

07: Class size and learning: Has India spent too much on reducing class size? - Sandip Datta and Geeta Gandhi Kingdon 

06: Gender Bias in Intra-Household Allocation of Education in India: Has it fallen over time? - Sandip Datta and Geeta Gandhi Kingdon 

05: Young videogamers and their approach to science inquiry - Francesco Avvisatti and Francesca Borgonovi

04: The Gender Wage Gap Among University Vice Chancellors in the UK - Ray Bachan and Alex Bryson

03: Special Ones? The Effect of Head Coaches on Football Team Performance - Alex Bryson, Babatunde Buraimo, Alex Farnell and Rob Simmons

02: The research productivity of Chinese academic returnees from the Global West: An evaluation of Young 1000 Talents recipients’ productivity - Giulio Marini and Lili Yang

01: The Dynamics of Relative Poverty in China in a Comparative Perspective - Tak Wing Chan


20: Job satisfaction over the life course - David Blanchflower and Alex Bryson

19: From asking to observing. Behavioural measures of socio-emotional and motivational skills in large-scale assessments - Francesca Borgonovi, Alessandro Ferrara and Mario Piacentini

18: How does the mental health and wellbeing of teachers compare to other professions? Evidence from eleven survey datasets - John Jerrim, Sam Sims, Rebecca Allen and Hannah Taylor

17: A Sequence-Analysis Approach to the Study of the Transition to Adulthood in Low- and Middle-Income Countries - Maria Sironi, Nicola Barban, Luca Maria Pesando and Frank F. Furstenberg 

16: Internet Access and Partnership Formation in the United States - Maria Sironi and Ridhi Kashyap 

15: Tony Atkinson's new book, Measuring Poverty Around the World. Some further reflections - Andrea Brandolini and John Micklewright

14: Do Public Subsidies of Union Membership Increase Union Membership Rates? - Erling Barth, Alex Bryson and Harald Dale-Olsen

13: Unemployment Disrupts Sleep - David G. Blanchflower and Alex Bryson

12: Teacher Allocation and School Performance in Italy - Alex Bryson, Lorenzo Corsini and Irene Martelli

11: Grammar schools: Socio-economic differences in entrance rates and the association with socio-emotional outcomes - John Jerrim and Sam Sims

10: Grammar schools: Socio-economic differences in entrance rates and the association with socio-emotional outcomes - Executive Summary - John Jerrim and Sam Sims

09: Measuring socio-economic background using administrative data. What is the best proxy available? - John Jerrim

08: Now Unions Increase Job Satisfaction and Well-being - David G. Blanchflower and Alex Bryson

07: The Persistence of Union Membership within the Coalfields of Britain - Huw Beynon, Helen Blakely, Alex Bryson and Rhys Davies

06: Union Membership Peaks in Midlife - David G. Blanchflower and Alex Bryson

05: Did Covid-19 lead to an increase in hate crimes towards Chinese people in London? - Chelsea Grey and Kirstine Hansen

04: Experimental effects of an absent crowd on performance and refereeing decisions during Covid-19 - Alex Bryson, Peter Dolton, J James Reade, Dominik Schreyer and Carl Singleton

03: Driven to succeed? Teenagers’ drive, ambition and performance on high-stakes examinations - John Jerrim, Nikki Shure and Gill Wyness

02: Unions, Tripartite Competition and Innovation - Alex Bryson and Harald Dale-Olsen

01: How did Spain perform in PISA 2018? New estimates of children’s PISA reading scores. – John Jerrim , Luis Alejandro Lopez-Agudo and Oscar D. Marcenaro Gutierrez


11: Is Canada really an education superpower? The impact of exclusions and non-response on results from PISA 2015 – Jake Anders, Silvan Has, John Jerrim, Nikki Shure and Laura Zieger

10: Productivity Dynamics: The Role Of Competition In A Service Industry – Thomas Breda, Alex Bryson and John Forth

09: The gender gap in wages over the life course: evidence from a British cohort born in 1958 – Heather Joshi, Alex Bryson, David Wilkinson and Kelly Ward 

08: New evidence on teachers’ working hours in England. An empirical analysis of four datasets – Rebecca Allen, Asma Benhenda, John Jerrim and Sam Sims

07: Are Women Doing It For Themselves? Gender Segregation and the Gender Wage Gap – Nikolaos Theodoropoulos, John Forth and Alex Bryson 

06: What does leadership look like in schools and does it matter for school performance? – Lucy Stokes, Alex Bryson and David Wilkinson

05: Peer-review of grant proposals. An analysis of Economic and Social Research Council grant applications – John Jerrim

04: The Impact of High-Performance Work Systems on Employees: A Sectoral Comparison – Michael White and Alex Bryson

03: High performance work systems and public sector workplace performance in Britain – Michael White and Alex Bryson

02: Spillovers and substitutability in production – Kerry L Papps and Alex Bryson

01: Books or babies? Incapacitation and human capital effects of extended compulsory schooling on the teenage fertility of ethnic minority women – Anna Adamecz-Völgyi and Ágota Scharle


10: HPWS in the Public Sector: Are There Mutual Gains? – Michael White and Alex Bryson

09: Is Pupil Attainment Higher in Well-managed Schools? – Alex Bryson, Lucy Stokes and David Wilkinson

08: The ''Good Workplace'': The Role of Joint Consultative Committees, Unions and HR policies in Employee Ratings of Workplaces in Britain – Michael Barry, Alex Bryson, Rafael Gomez, Bruce Kaufman, Guenther Lomas and Adrian Wilkinson

07: What is the cost of grade retention? – Asma Benhenda

06: Teacher Screening, On the Job Evaluations and Performance - Asma Benhenda

05: The long-term outcomes of refugees: tracking the progress of the East African Asians - Jake Anders, Simon Burgess and Jonathan Portes

04: The impact of management practices on SME performance - John Forth and Alex Bryson

03: Are Schools Different? Wellbeing and Commitment Among Staff in Schools and Elsewhere - Alex Bryson, Lucy Stokes and David Wilkinson

02: Reflections on the US College Loans System: Lessons from Australia and England - Nicholas Barr, Bruce Chapman, Lorraine Dearden and Susan Dynarski

01: Can HRM Improve Schools' Performance? - Alex Bryson, Lucy Stokes and David Wilkinson


15: Understanding the Social and Cultural Bases of Brexit - Tak Wing Chan, Morag Henderson, Maria Sironi and Juta Kawalerowicz

14: How Does Terrorism Affect Individuals' Wellbeing? - Alex Bryson and George MacKerron

13: The Twin Track Model of Employee Voice: An Anglo-American Perspective on Union Decline and the Rise of Alternative Forms of Voice - Alex Bryson, Richard Freeman, Rafael Gomez and Paul Willman

12: Does Sick Pay Affect Workplace Absence? - Alex Bryson and Harald Dale-Olsen

11: Union Density, Productivity, and Wages - Erling Barth, Alex Bryson and Harald Dale-Olsen

10: Mutual Gains? Is There a Role for Employee Engagement in the Modern Workplace? - Alex Bryson

09: Assessing the role of grammar schools in promoting social mobility - Simon Burgess, Claire Crawford and Lindsey Macmillan

08: The Effects of Firm Size on Job Quality: A Comparative Study for Britain and France - Alex Bryson, Christine Erhel and Zinaïda Salibekyan

07: Time To Go? Head Coach Quits and Dismissals in Professional Football - Alex Bryson, Babatunde Buraimo and Rob Simmons

06: The private schooling phenomenon in India: A review - Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

05: Children in jobless households across Europe: Evidence on the association with medium- and long-term outcomes - Paul Gregg, John Jerrim, Lindsey Macmillan and Nikki Shure

04: What Happens When Econometrics and Psychometrics Collide? An Example Using PISA Data - John Jerrim, Luis Alejandro Lopez-Agudo, Oscar D. Marcenaro-Gutierrez and Nikki Shure

03: Do Migrants Lower Workplace Wages? - Michael White and Alex Bryson

02: Do Terrorist Attacks Affect Ethnic Discrimination in the Labour Market? Evidence from Two Randomised Field Experiments - Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund, Elisabeth Ugreninov, Tak Wing Chan, Arnfinn Midtbøen and Jon Rogstad

01: Social Mobility and the Wellbeing of Individuals - Tak Wing Chan


16: Does Job Support Make Workers Happy? - Petri Böckerman, Alex Bryson, Antti Kauhanen and Mari Kangasniemi

15: Gender Differences in the Union Wage Premium? A Comparative Case Study - Alex Bryson, Harald Dale-Olsen and Kristine Nergaard

14: High-Stakes Accountability and Teacher Turnover: how do different school inspection judgements affect teachers' decisions to leave their school? - Sam Sims

13: School Hours and Maternal Labor Supply: A Natural Experiment from Germany - Nikki Shure

12: What's in a Name? The Effect of Brand on the Level of English Universities' Fees - Andrew Jenkins and Alison Wolf

11: What Role Did Management Practices Play in SME Growth Post-recession? - Alex Bryson and John Forth

10: Explaining Cross-National Variation in Workplace Employee Representation - John Forth, Alex Bryson and Anitha George

09: The Causal Impact of Transfers of Social Housing Stock on Educational Attainment in England - Bilal Nasim

08: Unions and the economic basis of attitudes - Alex Bryson and Michael White

07: The Short Run Impact of the Building Schools for the Future Programme on Attainment at Key Stage 4 - Dave Thomson

06: Family ownership, Workplace Closure and the Recession - Alex Bryson, Harald Dale-Olsen and Trygve Gulbrandsen 

05: Health and Safety Risks in Britain's Workplaces: Where are They and Who Controls Them? - Alex Bryson

04: Benchmarking London in the PISA rankings - John Jerrim and Gill Wyness

03: The role of non-cognitive and cognitive skills in accounting for the intergenerational transmission of 'top job' status - Claire Tyler

02: PISA 2012: How do results for the paper and computer tests compare? - John Jerrim

01: When does HRM 'Work' in Small British Enterprises? - Alex Bryson and Michael White


12: Taxonomy of A-Level Subjects According to the Expressed Preferences of Russell Group Universities: Who Does What? - Catherine Dilnot

11: Determinants and Learning Effects of Adult Education-Training: a Cross-National Comparison Using PIAAC Data (PDF) - Andrea Cegolon

10: Testing Means-Tested Aid - Gill Wyness

09: Deserving poor? Are higher education bursaries going to the right students? - Gill Wyness

08: When and why do initially high attaining poor children fall behind? - Claire Crawford, Lindsey Macmillan and Anna Vignoles

07: The association between social housing type and children's developmental outcomes - Bilal Nasim

06: Changes in the relationship between social housing tenure and child outcomes over time: Comparing the Millennium and British Cohort Studies - Bilal Nasim

05: The causal effect of East Asian 'mastery' teaching methods on English children's mathematics skills? - John Jerrim

04: The use (and misuse) of PISA in guiding policy reform: the case of Spain? - Alvaro Choi and John Jerrim

03: Nonlinear Estimation of Lifetime Intergenerational Economic Mobility and the Role of Education - Paul Gregg, Lindsey Macmillan and Claudia Vittori

02: Emigrants from Great Britain: what do we know about their lives? - John Jerrim

01: Multidimensional approach to workless-ness: a matter of opportunities, social factors and individual's idiosyncrasies - Gabriella Cagliesi, Denise Hawkes and Max Tookey


19: Student Awareness of Costs and Benefits of Educational Decisions: Effects of an Information Campaign and Media Exposure - Martin McGuigan, Sandra McNally and Gill Wyness

18: Income inequality, intergenerational mobility and the Great Gatsby Curve: is education the key? - John Jerrim and Lindsey Macmillan

17: Two-Sample Two-Stage Least Squares (TSTSLS) estimates of earnings mobility: how consistent are they? - John Jerrim, Alvaro Choi and Rosa Simancas Rodriguez

16: Why do East Asian children perform so well in PISA? An investigation of Western-born children of East Asian descent - John Jerrim

15: Disabled children's cognitive development in the early years - Samantha Parsons and Lucinda Platt

14: Does it matter why immigrants came here? Original motives, the labour market, and national identity in the UK - Stuart Campbell

13: Convergence or divergence? A longitudinal analysis of behaviour problems among disabled and non-disabled children aged 3 to 7 in England - Rebecca Fauth, Samantha Parsons and Lucinda Platt

12: Moving Towards Estimating Lifetime Intergenerational Economic Mobility in the UK - Paul Gregg, Lindsey Macmillan and Claudia Vittori

11: Bullying experiences among disabled children and young people in England: Evidence from two longitudinal studies - Stella Chatzitheochari, Samantha Parsons and Lucinda Platt

10: Selected at seven: The relationship between teachers' judgments and assessments of pupils, and pupils' stream placements - Tammy Campbell

09: Selective Schooling Systems Increase Inequality - Simon Burgess, Matt Dickson and Lindsey Macmillan

08: A Pragmatic Approach to Measuring Neighbourhood Poverty Change - Ludovica Gambaro, Heather Joshi, Ruth Lupton and Mary Clare Lennon

07: Does an aptitude test affect socioeconomic and gender gaps in attendance at an elite university? - Jake Anders

06: Was migrating beneficial? Comparing social mobility of Turks in Western Europe to Turks in Turkey and Western European natives - Carolina V. Zuccotti, Harry Ganzeboom and Ayse Guveli

05: Do parents matter? Occupational outcomes among ethnic minorities and British natives in England and Wales (2009-2010) - Carolina V. Zuccotti

04: Food for Thought? Breastfeeding and Child Development - Emla Fitzsimons and Marcos Vera-Hernández

03: Do "Child-Friendly" Practices affect Learning? Evidence from Rural India - Sushmita Nalini Das

02: The link between family background and later lifetime incomes: how does the UK compare to other countries? - John Jerrim

01: Education and Intergenerational Mobility: Help or Hindrance? - Jo Blanden and Lindsey Macmillan


15: Who gets the Top Jobs? The role of family background and networks in recent graduates' access to high status professions - Lindsey Macmillan, Claire Tyler and Anna Vignoles

14: Unofficial Development Assistance: a model of development charities' donation income - Wiji Arulampalam, Peter G. Backus and John Micklewright

13: Teenagers' expectations of applying to university: how do they change? Jake Anders and John Micklewright

12: Understanding income mobility: the role of education for intergenerational income persistence in the US, UK and Sweden - Paul Gregg, Jan O. Jonsson, Lindsey Macmillan and Carina Mood

11: Matched panel data estimates of the impact of Teach First on school and department performance - Rebecca Allen and Jay Allnutt

10: The socio-economic gradient in children's reading skills and the role of genetics - John Jerrim, Anna Vignoles, Raghu Lingam and Angela Friend

09: Over-education among A8 migrants in the UK - Stuart Campbell

08: Teacher Quality in Sub-Saharan Africa: Pupil fixed effects estimates for twelve countries - Christopher F. Hein and Rebecca Allen

07: Identifying the drivers of month of birth differences in educational attainment - Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden and Ellen Greaves

06: The drivers of month of birth differences in children's cognitive and non-cognitive skills: a regression discontinuity analysis - Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden and Ellen Greaves

05: The impact of age within academic year on adult outcomes - Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden and Ellen Greaves

04: Money for nothing: estimating the impact of financial aid on participation in Higher Education - Lorraine Dearden, Emla Fitzsimons and Gill Wyness

03: The mathematics skills of school children: How does England compare to the high performing East Asian jurisdictions? - John Jerrim and Alvaro Choi

02: Learning and Wellbeing Trajectories Among Older Adults in England - Andrew Jenkins and Tarek Mostafa

01: The role of non-cognitive and cognitive skills, behavioural and educational outcomes in accounting for the intergenerational transmission of worklessness - Lindsey Macmillan


13: Using the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England for research into Higher Education access - Jake Anders

12: The impact of sampling variation on peer measures: a comment on a proposal to adjust estimates for measurement error - Pedro N.Silva, John Micklewright and Sylke V. Schnepf

11: University access for socio-economically disadvantaged children: A comparison across English speaking countries - John Jerrim and Anna Vignoles

10: Nurse or Mechanic? The role of parental socialization and children's personality in the formation of sex-typed occupational aspirations - Javier Polavieja and Lucinda Platt (revised version of DoQSS wp 11-08)

09: The teacher labour market, teacher turnover and disadvantaged schools: new evidence for England - Rebecca Allen, Simon Burgess and Jennifer Mayo

08: Charitable bequests and wealth at death - Tony Atkinson, Peter Backus and John Micklewright

07: The impact of the Great Recession on the incomes of households - John Micklewright

06: Socioeconomic gradients in children's cognitive skills: Are cross-country comparisons robust to who reports family background? - John Jerrim, John Micklewright

05: Reducing bias due to missing values of the response variable by joint modeling with an auxiliary variable - Alfonso Miranda, Sophia Rabe-Hesketh and John W. McDonald

04: The socio-economic gradient in teenagers' literacy skills: how does England compare to other countries? - John Jerrim

03: The relative importance of adolescent skills and behaviours for adult earnings: A cross-national study - Kathryn Duckworth, Greg J. Duncan, Katja Kokko, Anna-Liisa Lyyra, Molly Metzger and Sharon Simonton

02: How should we treat under-performing schools? A regression discontinuity analysis of school inspections in England - Rebecca Allen and Simon Burgess

01: What's the link between household income and going to university? - Jake Anders


10: Evaluating the provision of school performance information for school choice - Rebecca Allen and Simon Burgess

09: England's "plummeting" PISA test scores between 2000 and 2009: Is the performance of our secondary school pupils really in relative decline? - John Jerrim

08: Nurse or Mechanic? Explaining Sex-Typed Occupational Aspirations amongst Children - Javier Polavieja and Lucinda Platt

07: Charitable Giving for Overseas Development: UK trends over a quarter century - Anthony B. Atkinson, Peter G. Backus, John Micklewright, Cathy Pharoah and Sylke V. Schnepf

06: The effectiveness of English secondary schools for pupils of different ability levels - Lorraine Dearden, John Micklewright and Anna Vignoles

05: Measuring school value added with administrative data: the problem of missing variables - Lorraine Dearden, Alfonso Miranda and Sophia Rabe-Hesketh

04: Disadvantaged children's ``low'' educational expectations: Are the US and UK really so different to other industrialized nations? - John Jerrim

03: Are girls the fairer sex in India? Revisiting intra-household allocation of education expenditure - Mehtabul Azam and Geeta Kingdon

02: Do Performance Targets Affect Behaviour? Evidence from Discontinuities in Test Scores in England - Marcello Sartarelli

01: The use (and misuse) of statistics in understanding social mobility: regression to the mean and the cognitive development of high ability children from disadvantaged homes - John Jerrim and Anna Vignoles


19: An analysis of the educational progress of children with special educational needs - Claire Crawford and Anna Vignoles

18: Akin to my teacher: Does caste, religious or gender distance between student and teacher matter? Some evidence from India - Shenila Rawal and Geeta Kingdon

17: A cross-cohort description of young people's housing experience in Britain over 30 years: An application of Sequence Analysis - Dylan Knealem, Ruth Lupton, Polina Obolenskaya & Richard D Wiggins

16: Missing ordinal covariates with informative selection - Alfonso Miranda and Sophia Rabe-Hesketh

15: Policy changes in UK higher education funding, 1963-2009 - Gill Wyness

14: Administrative Data and Economic Policy Evaluation - Lorraine Dearden

13: Peer effects and measurement error: the impact of sampling variation in school survey data - John Micklewright, Sylke V. Schnepf & Pedro N. Silva

12: Languages, ethnicity, and education in London - Michelle von Ahn, Ruth Lupton, Charley Greenwood & Dick Wiggins

11: Using M-quantile models as an alternative to random effects to model the contextual value-added of schools in London - Nikos Tzavidis and James J Brown

10: The choice between fixed and random effects models: some considerations for educational research - Paul Clarke, Claire Crawford, Fiona Steele and Anna Vignoles

09: When you are born matters: the impact of date of birth on educational outcomes in England - Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden and Costas Meghir

08: Widening Participation in Higher Education: Analysis Using Linked Administrative Data - Haroon Chowdry, Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden, Alissa Goodman and Anna Vignoles

07: Ethnic parity in labour market outcomes for benefit claimants in Great Britain - Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden, Alice Mesnard, Barbara Sianesi and Jonathan Shaw

06: Why do children become disengaged from school? - Francesca Foliano, Elena Meschi and Anna Vignoles

05: Endogenous Treatment Effects for Count Data Models with Sample Selection or Endogenous Participation - Massimiliano Bratti and Alfonso Miranda

04: Non-response biases in surveys of school children: the case of the English PISA samples - John Micklewright, Sylke V. Schnepf and Chris Skinner

03: The relative effectiveness of private and government schools in rural India: evidence from ASER data - Rob French and Geeta Kingdon

02: Does school autonomy improve educational outcomes? Judging the performance of foundation secondary schools in England - Rebecca Allen

01: A double-hurdle count model for completed fertility data from the developing world - Alfonso Miranda


04: Can school competition improve standards? The case of faith schools in England - Rebecca Allen and Anna Vignoles

03: What parents want: school preferences and school choice - Simon Burgess, Ellen Greaves, Anna Vignoles and Deborah Wilson

02: The effect of monitoring unemployment insurance recipients on unemployment duration - John Micklewright and Gyula Nagy

01: How Reliable are Income Data Collected with a Single Question? - John Micklewright and Sylke V. Schnepf