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Wenchao (Michelle) Jin

Wenchao (Michelle) Jin

Research Economist

Education

MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2013

BA Economics (1st Class), University of Cambridge, 2010

 

Wenchao joined the IFS in 2010 as a Research Economist in the skills and education sector. She has investigated recent reforms to the Higher Education funding regime, the effects of the National Minimum Wage on young people and on firms, and the impact of Universal Credit. Her current research interests are in the labour market and labour productivity since the great recession.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W21/14
The share of home-cooked food in the diet of UK households declined from the 1980s. This was contemporaneous with a decline in the market price of ingredients for home cooking relative to ready-to-eat foods. We consider a simple model of food consumption and time use which captures the key driving ...
IFS Working Paper W16/24
In China, the employment rate among middle-aged and older urban residents is exceptionally low. This paper investigates potential explanations of this low level of employment in urban China.

Reports and comment

Briefing note
The UK higher education sector has expanded remarkably over the past three decades. In 1993, 13% of 25- to 29-year-olds had first degrees or higher degrees. By 2015, this had roughly tripled to 41%. Naturally, one may wonder whether the big expansion has reduced the economic returns to having a ...
Report
This evaluation compares the education outcomes of Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) participants (collected by SMF via participant questionnaires) with outcomes for a group of pupils with similar observable characteristics (such as performance at secondary school and neighbourhood context), ...

Presentations

Presentation
This presentation was given at the IFS Public Economic Lectures on 16 December 2013 in London.
Presentation
Presentation to launch the Fiscal Studies Special Issue June 2013 on the Microeconomic Consequences of the Great Recession, given at IFS on 12 June 2013.