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Prof Lorraine Dearden
110, 55-59 Gordon Square
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Chair of Economics and Social Statistics
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

PhD in Economics, University College London, 1995

MSc in Economics, London School of Economics, 1991. 

LLB, Australian National University, 1986.

Bachelor of Economics (Hons in Econometrics), Australian National University, 1983. 

Currently Professor of Economics and Social Statistics in Social Research Institute  at UCL, IOE and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Science (since 2009) and an IZA Fellow (since 2008). Elected member of the Royal Economic Society’s Committee for Women in Economics from 2001 to 2011. Part of the leadership team of the former English Administrative Data Research Centre and chaired the research commissioning board (RCB) of ADR UKShe was head of two major ESRC research centres: the first on methodological issues involved with linking Administrative Data with Survey Data (ADMIN – 2009-2012) and the second on Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis (PEPA – 2012 -2015). 

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Research Summary
Lorraine’s work involves using data and advanced quantitative techniquesto understand, evaluate and inform public policy. She has a wide range of policyinterests including the impact of education and training on labour marketoutcomes and company performance; the returns to higher education by subjectand university; evaluation of education and labour market policies; impact ofmonth of birth on childhood and adult outcomes; the impact of income supportfor students on school and college participation; the evaluation of childcare,home learning environment and early years policies on children's and parents'outcomes; looked after children; ethnic inequality and discrimination; the determinantsof the demand for different types of schooling; higher education fundingissues; inter-generational income and education mobility; and programmeevaluation issues and methods. Lorraine is currently involved in the design of student loans in a number of countries which arose out of her work for the ESRC, Office for Students and Research England funded Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE). This includes working with officials in Colombia to change their student loan provision which has seen income contingent loans introduced in that country from 2022. Her work on student loans includes key methodological innovations in simulating lifetime earnings for graduates for different countries using country specific micro-economic data. Here recent research also exploits linked health, pollution,economic and education administrative data and has led to publications in leadingepidemiological journals with collaborators. She is a CI on the NIHR funded HopeStudy based at the Institute for Child Health at UCL. This project looks at the impact of SEND provision on health and education outcomes of vulnerable children. She is also a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation

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Module Leader: ImpactEvaluation Methods, MScin Social Research Methods
Module Leader: ImpactEvaluation Methods, MScin Public Administration

Current PhD Students:

Francesca Arduini

Emily Ashord

Sophia Garov

Rocio Mendez Pineda

David Sanders-Ellis

Current EdD students:

Eden Bolívar Crucillo

Former PhD Students:Gillian Wyness
Jake Anders
ConstanzaGonzalez Parrao
Louise Mc Grath-Lone
Samuel Sims
Tammy Campbell
Luke Sibieta

01-MAY-2021 Trustee Nuffield Foundation    , United Kingdom
01-JAN-1995 – 31-MAR-2021 Research Fellow   Institute for Fiscal Studies, United Kingdom
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