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Prof Lorraine Dearden
110, 55-59 Gordon Square
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
Appointment
  • Chair of Economics and Social Statistics
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
Role
UCL Principal Supervisor
Biography

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 Quantitative Social Science,  Department of Social Science  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 currently chairs the research commissioning board (RCB) of ADR UKPreviously 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). 


Research Groups
Research Summary
Lorraine’s work involves using data and advanced quantitative techniques to understand, evaluate and inform public policy. She has a wide range of policy interests including the impact of education and training on labour market outcomes and company performance; the returns to higher education by subject and university; evaluation of education and labour market policies; impact of month of birth on childhood and adult outcomes; the impact of income support for 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 determinants of the demand for different types of schooling; higher education funding issues; inter-generational income and education mobility; and programme evaluation issues and methods. Lorraine is currently involved in the design of student loans in a number of countries as part of her work for the ESRC, Office for Students and Research England funded Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE). This 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 leading epidemiological journals with collaborators.


Teaching Summary

Teaching:

Module Leader: Impact Evaluation Methods, MSc in Social Research Methods
Module Leader: Impact Evaluation Methods, MSc in Public Administration
Lecturer: Policy Analysis and Evaluation,  Philosophy, Politics and Economics BSc,  Department of Politics

Current PhD Students:

Luke Sibieta
Nicolas Libuy Rios

Current EdD students:

Eden Bolívar Crucillo

Former PhD Students:
Gillian Wyness
Jake Anders
Maria Constanza Gonzalez Parrao
Gabriel Gutierrez
Louise McGrath-Lone
Samuel Sims
Rodrigo Torres
Tammy Campbell

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