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Laura van der Erve

Laura van der Erve

Senior Research Economist


MPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2016

BA Economics and Management (1st Class), University of Oxford, 2014


Laura joined the IFS in 2016 and is a Senior Research Economist in the Education and Skills sector. Her research examines the causes of inequalities within and between generations, with a particular focus on the role of education. Current projects look at the drivers of geographical variation in intergenerational mobility, the role schools and universities can play in increasing social mobility, and the impact of labour market shocks on children’s long-run outcomes. Past work has looked at the returns to different types of education and the design of the higher education system.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W22/26
We spotlight some of the newer directions in intergenerational mobility research within economics driven by changes in some key trends in the recent decades, as well as growing availability of administrative data.
IFS Working Paper W22/23
We use newly linked UK administrative to estimate absolute income mobility for children born in England in the 1980s.

Reports and comment

Briefing note
We consider who would be affected by each of the proposed MERs, and then assess whether the introduction of a minimum eligibility requirement is likely to achieve the government’s stated aim of ensuring that ‘students undertaking degree study have attained the baseline skills required to engage ...
We investigate the extent to which individual universities, subjects and courses promote intergenerational mobility.


The share of people staying on in education beyond the age of 18 has grown substantially in the UK since the 1980s. Yet until now, evidence on the effect of these qualifications on subsequent earnings has been limited. This event presented key findings from three pieces of research published in ...
This presentation was given by Laura van der Erve at the Public Economics Lecture Day on 5 January 2018.