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Ben Waltmann

Ben Waltmann

Senior Research Economist

Education

MPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2016

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (First Class), University of Oxford, 2013

Ben joined the IFS in 2019. He is a Senior Research Economist in the Education and Skills sector and a PhD student at the University of Oxford. His main research areas are the returns to education, higher education funding, the transition from school to work, and the estimation of dynamic discrete choice models.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W21/13
The ‘curse of dimensionality’ is a common problem in the estimation of dynamic models: as models get more complex, the computational cost of solving these models rises exponentially.

Reports and comment

Report
This report looks at annual education spending in the UK.
Observation
October 5th is the deadline for big companies to report their gender pay gaps. In 2019 – before the pandemic disrupted data collection – women were paid 16% less per hour than men on average. The gap in average annual earnings was even larger, at 37%, since women are much more likely to work ...

Presentations

Presentation
As part of this year’s Festival of Social Science, IFS delivered a public economic talk on "The economics of higher education" aimed at final year undergraduates studying economics.
Presentation
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 ...