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As of August 18th, 2021 Claire Crawford is no longer a current member of the department

Contact details


Fax: +44 (0)24 765 23032

Email: C dot L dot Crawford at warwick dot ac dot uk


Advice and feedback hours: 12-1pm on Mondays; 2-3pm on Tuesdays

Advice and feedback hours on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June CANCELLED and rearranged for 10am-12pm on Wednesday 6th June

Advice and feedback hours on Monday 11th June CANCELLED and rearranged for 3-4pm on Tuesday 12th June

Claire Crawford's research focuses on the determinants of educational attainment and participation, especially in higher education.

She is particularly interested in understanding what explains socio-economic and ethnic differences in participation and attainment, and what universities and policymakers can do to help reduce these gaps.

Claire is also a Research Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Research Interests

  • Economics of education
  • Labour economics

Selected recent journal articles

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)

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)

Working papers

Starting school and leaving welfare: the impact of public education on lone parents’ welfare receipt, revise and resubmit from the Journal of Labor Economics (with M. Brewer): working paper version

When you are born matters: the impact of date of birth on educational outcomes in England, revise and resubmit from The Economic Journal (with L. Dearden and C. Meghir): working paper version

Intergenerational income persistence within families, IFS Working Paper W17/11, August 2017 (with C. Belfield, E. Greaves, P. Gregg and L. Macmillan)

Assessing the role of grammar schools in promoting social mobility, DoQSS Working Paper No. 17-09, UCL Institute of Education, May 2017 (with S. Burgess and L. Macmillan)

Free childcare and parents’ labour supply: is more better?, IFS Working Paper W16/22, December 2016 (with M. Brewer, S. Cattan and B. Rabe)

Socio-economic differences in university outcomes in the UK: drop-out, degree completion and degree class, IFS Working Paper W14/31, October 2014

Heterogeneity in graduate earnings by socio-economic background, IFS Working Paper W14/30, October 2014 (with A. Vignoles)


  • EC331: Research in Applied Economics
  • EC338: Microeconometrics