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Claire Crawford

Claire Crawford

Research Fellow


PhD Economics of Education, Institute of Education, University of London, 2012
MSc Economics, University College London, 2004
BA (Hons) Economics (1st class), Lancaster University, 2003

Claire is a Research Fellow of the IFS and Assistant Professor of Economics at the UCL Institute of Education  .

She was previously affiliated with the University of Birmingham and Programme Director of the Skills sector at IFS. Her research interests focus on the determinants of educational attainment and HE participation, including the roles of socio-economic status, expectations and aspirations, month of birth and parents' marital status. She is particularly interested in how education policy can be used to improve the outcomes of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and has played a leading role in the evaluations of a number of education programmes aiming to do just that, including on behalf of the Department of Education and the Education Endowment Foundation.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W20/9
Many governments are considering expanding childcare subsidies to increase the labour force participation of parents (especially mothers) with young children.
IFS Working Paper W17/11
There is substantial evidence of a significant relationship between parents’ income and sons’ earnings in the UK, and that this relationship has strengthened over time. We extend this by exploring a broader measure of net family income as an outcome.

Reports and comment

Pre-pandemic, local authorities received funding to deliver free childcare places each academic year based on the number of children accessing childcare in January of that year. As a result of the pandemic, funding for the Autumn 2020 term has – unusually – been based on childcare attendance in ...
The closures of childcare providers to most families during the COVID-19 crisis have underlined the importance of access to childcare, both to support paid work and to help shape young children’s environment.


The next few years are likely to be particularly challenging for schools, colleges, universities and nurseries. This event examined how education spending can be best set to support levelling up and narrow inequalities.
Presentation given at the European Economic Association conference, 22 August 2017.