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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

Briefing note
This briefing note describes the range and level of COVID-related spending on education in England.
Briefing note
In this briefing note, we assess the key policy announcements made in the White Paper around the funding of post-18 education. The White Paper itself is broad in scope and includes discussions of many potential areas of reform.

Presentations

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 ...
Presentation
These presentations were given as part of a day of lectures on Public Economics to students, held at the IFS.