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Ben Waltmann

Ben Waltmann

Senior Research Economist


DPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2021

MPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2016

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

Ben joined the IFS in 2019. He works on topics across public economics, the economics of education and applied econometrics. His main research areas are the returns to education, higher education funding, 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

Due to inflation forecast errors alone, students from the poorest families will lose £100 per month in maintenance support.
Briefing note
In the last decade, there have been significant cuts to spending on adult education and large falls in the numbers of adult learners, particularly amongst those taking low-level qualifications.


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.
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 ...