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Dr Lindsey Macmillan
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
55-59 Gordon Square
Tel: 02076126759
  • Reader in Economics
  • IOE - Social Science
  • UCL Institute of Education

Lindsey is an economist who is interested in intergenerational transmissions, including intergenerational worklessness and intergenerational income mobility. Her previous work has examined a range of topics related to social mobility including measuring intergenerational income mobility, the role of education and non-cognitive skills in the transmission of income and work across generations, the role of family background in accessing top positions and the cost of youth unemployment. She has also worked on evaluations of two Randomised Control Trials. Alongside her academic publications, Lindsey works closely with government and third sector organisations including the Social Mobility Commission.

She is currently PI on an ESRC Future Research Leader's grant, investigating intergenerational worklessness in an international context. She is also CI on a Nuffield Foundation grant on undermatch in higher education. From March 2018 she will be PI on an ESRC Research Grant examining intergenerational income mobility for women in the UK. Alongside this she is working on a number of other projects including examining the role of grammar schools in promoting social mobility, understanding the improved performance of London schools and working with professional service firms to analyse their applications data.

Lindsey has experience working with a range of data sources including the mature birth cohort studies (NCDS, BCS), the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), the National Pupil Database (NPD), the Higher Education Standards Authority (HESA) linked longitudinal survey (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education – DLHE) and the Labour Force Survey (LFS). She also has experience working with the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth surveys (NLSY 79 and 97) the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), the Household Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia (HILDA) and the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Studies (EU-SILC).

Research Summary

  • Lifecourse and intergenerational studies
  • Income
  • Poverty
  • Economics
  • Education

Teaching Summary

Lindsey currently supervises four PhD students: 

Catherine Dilnot - The role of subject choice in accessing Higher Education and the top professions

Natasha McMaster - Subject choice, gender and aspirations

Claire Tyler - Access to the top professions: Parent's occupation and the role of networks

Matthew Van Poortvliet - The role of social and emotional skills in closing the gap

Lindsey teaches Impact Evaluation Methods to Masters students across a number of programmes.

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