Dr Claire Crawford

Dr Claire Crawford

The Department of Economics
Reader in Economics

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Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Claire joined the Department of Economics at Birmingham Business School as a Reader in Economics in July 2018.


PhD Economics of Education, Institute of Education, University of London

MSc Economics, University College London

BA (Hons) Economics (1st class), Lancaster University


Claire joined the department as a Reader in Economics in July 2018. Prior to joining the department, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, starting in January 2014. Claire started her career at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), a research institute specialising in the microeconomic analysis of public policy, in 2004, gaining her PhD part-time and rising to lead a team of researchers working on education and skills issues. She remains a Research Fellow of the IFS and is also an Associate of the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at Warwick and a member of the National Audit Office-University of Birmingham tax centre.


3rd year undergraduate Labour Economics


  • Labour economics
  • Economics of education
Claire’s research focuses on the determinants of educational attainment and participation, especially in higher education. She is particularly interested in understanding what explains inequalities in these outcomes, and what schools, universities and policymakers can do to help reduce these gaps.


Access to grammar schools by socio-economic status, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, published online July 2018 (with S. Burgess and L. Macmillan)

When and why do initially high-achieving poor children fall behind?, Oxford Review of Education, Vol. 43., pp. 88-108, published online November 2016 (with L. Macmillan and A. Vignoles)

Higher education, career opportunities and intergenerational inequality, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 32, pp. 553–575, October 2016 (with P. Gregg, L. Macmillan, A. Vignoles and G. Wyness)

Does higher education level the playing field? Socio-economic differences in graduate earnings, Education Sciences, Vol. 5, pp. 380-412, December 2015 (with L. van der Erve)

The drivers of month-of-birth differences in children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, Vol. 177, pp. 829-860, July 2014 (with L. Dearden and E. Greaves)

What can wages and employment tell us about the UK's productivity puzzle?, The Economic Journal, Vol. 124, pp. 377-407, May 2014 (with R. Blundell and W. Jin)

Revisiting fixed and random effects models: some considerations for policy-relevant educational research, Education Economics, Vol. 22, pp. 1-21, 2013 (with P. Clarke, F. Steele and A. Vignoles)

Widening participation in higher education: analysis using linked administrative data, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, Vol. 176, pp. 431-457, February 2013 (with H. Chowdry, L. Dearden, A. Goodman and A. Vignoles)

The role of attitudes and behaviours in explaining socio-economic differences in attainment at age 16, Longitudinal & Life Course Studies, Vol. 2, pp. 59-76, 2011 (with H. Chowdry and A. Goodman)

Explaining the socio-economic gradient in child outcomes: the intergenerational transmission of cognitive skills, Longitudinal & Life Course Studies, Vol. 2, pp. 77-93, February 2011 (with A. Goodman and R. Joyce)

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