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[Photo: Gill WYNESS] Dr Gill WYNESS
Associate - Education and Skills
Email: G.Wyness@lse.ac.uk

Expertise: Economics of Education; Higher Education Finance


Gill Wyness is a Lecturer in Economics of Education at the Institute of Education in addition to being a Research Economist at the CEP.

Current Areas of Research:

My main research area is the economics of higher education in the UK. I am currently working on a project investigating the impact of university bursaries on completion and performance using a unique dataset collected from UK universities.

Other research includes estimating the impact of higher education finance (fees, grants and loans) on university participation using quasi-experimental methods.

I have also been involved in a randomized control trial looking examining the effects of providing information on the costs and benefits of higher education on pupils' attitudes towards university. We find that providing simple information can improve knowledge and attitudes towards higher education finance.

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications

CEP Industrial Strategy Paper
Universities and Industrial Strategy in the UK: Review of Evidence and Implications for Policy Ghazala Azmat, Richard Murphy, Anna Valero and Gill Wyness
October 2018
Paper No' CEPIS06:
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JEL Classification: I23; I26; J24; O25; O30

Tags: higher education; universities; industrial strategy; growth; innovation

CEP Discussion Paper
Who Teaches the Teachers? A RCT of Peer-to-Peer Observation and Feedback in 181 Schools Richard Murphy, Felix Weinhardt and Gill Wyness
August 2018
Paper No' CEPDP1565:
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JEL Classification: I21; I28; M53

Tags: education; teachers; rct; peer mentoring

CEP Discussion Paper
The End of Free College in England: Implications for Quality, Enrolments and Equity Richard Murphy, Judith Scott-Clayton and Gill Wyness
October 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1501:
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JEL Classification: I22; I23; I28

Tags: higher education; financial aid; tuition fees; inequality

CEP Discussion Paper
Testing Means-Tested Aid Richard Murphy and Gill Wyness
December 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1396:
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JEL Classification: I22; I23; I28

Tags: higher education; financial aid; degree completion

CEP Election Analysis
#ElectionEconomics: The Research Evidence on Key Issues for Voters in the 2015 UK General Election Ghazala Azmat, Brian Bell, Jonathan Colmer, Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Swati Dhingra, Christian Hilber, Stephen Machin, Alan Manning, Ralf Martin, Alistair McGuire, Sandra McNally, Gianmarco Ottaviano, Henry Overman, Isabelle Roland, Thomas Sampson, Anna Valero, John Van Reenen, Jonathan Wadsworth, Gill Wyness and Gabriel Zucman
April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA034:
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Tags: 2015 uk general election; government policy; austerity; productivity; health; nhs; education; higher education; immigration; brexit; eu; inequality; real wages; unemployment; gender; management; productivity; uk housing; environment; climate change; uk cities; infrastructure; taxation

CentrePiece Article
Economics of higher education Richard Murphy and Gill Wyness
February 2014
Paper No' CEPCP412:
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CentrePiece 18 (3) Winter 2014

Tags: higher education; uk; government policy

CEP Special Report
Education in a Devolved Scotland: A Quantitative Analysis Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Gill Wyness
May 2013
Paper No' CEPSP30:
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Tags: scotland; education policy; devolution

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Student Awareness of Costs and Benefits of Educational Decisions: Effects of an Information Campaign Marty McGuigan, Sandra McNally and Gill Wyness
August 2012
Paper No' CEEDP0139:
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JEL Classification: I2

Tags: tuition fees; information campaign; educational decisions

CentrePiece Article
Fees and loathing: higher education finance and university participation Gill Wyness
June 2011
Paper No' CEPCP343:
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CentrePiece 16 (1) Summer 2011

JEL Classification: I22; I23; I29; J24

Tags: wage differentials; returns to education