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[Photo: Sandra MCNALLY] Professor Sandra MCNALLY
Programme Director - Education and Skills
Tel:  020 7955 7579
Email: s.mcnally1@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.08  

University of Surrey
Tel: 01483 686 955
Email: s.mcnally@surrey.ac.uk

Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Economics of Education; Economic Evaluation

Biography:

Sandra McNally is Director of the Education and Skills Programme at CEP. She is also Director of the Centre for Vocational Education Research and Professor of Economics at University of Surrey. Current research interests include economic evaluation of government policies; the effect of careers-related information on educational decisions; returns to education; the effects of 'ability tracking' within school systems; special educational needs; education and mental health.

Current Areas of Research:

Sandra has several research projects within the Economics of Education. Her current projects include an evaluation of programmes to improve reading at primary school and evaluating the impact of providing careers-related information to teenagers.

Education:

  • PhD, University College London
  • MSc in Environmental Economics, University College London
  • BA in Economics, Trinity College Dublin

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • IZA, Institute for the Study of Labor. Bonn.

CEP Publications

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CEP Discussion Paper
Teaching Assistants, Computers and Classroom Management: Evidence from a Randomised Control Trial Helen Johnson, Sandra McNally, Heather Rolfe, Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela, Robert Savage, Janet Vousden and Clare Wood
August 2018
Paper No' CEPDP1562:
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JEL Classification: I21


Tags: literacy; ict; teaching assistants

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CVER Briefing Note
Apprenticeships in England: what does research tell us? Sandra McNally
July 2018
Paper No' CVERBRF008:
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Tags: apprenticeship; labour market;

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CEP Industrial Strategy Paper
Apprenticeships in England: what does research tell us? Sandra McNally
July 2018
Paper No' CEPIS02:
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Tags: apprenticeship; labour market;

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CVER Research Paper
Entry Through the Narrow Door: The Costs of Just Failing High Stakes Exams Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela
April 2018
Paper No' CVERDP014:
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JEL Classification: I20; I21; I24


Tags: high stakes examinations; manipulation; english.

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CVER Briefing Note
Investing in People: The Case for Human Capital Tax Credits Rui Costa, Nikhil Datta, Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally
March 2018
Paper No' CVERBRF007:
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Tags: human capital; tax credits; uk economy; industrial strategy

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CEP Industrial Strategy Paper
Investing in People: The Case for Human Capital Tax Credits Rui Costa, Nikhil Datta, Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally
March 2018
Paper No' CEPIS01:
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Tags: #cepindustrialstrategy; industrial strategy; capital tax credits

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CVER Research Paper
Apprenticeships for Young People in England: Is there a Payoff? Chiara Cavaglia, Sandra McNally and Guglielmo Ventura
November 2017
Paper No' CVERDP010:
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JEL Classification: I20; I28; J24


Tags: apprenticeship; vocational education

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CEP Discussion Paper
Quality in Early Years Settings and Children’s School Achievement Jo Blanden, Kirstine Hansen and Sandra McNally
February 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1468:
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JEL Classification: J13; I20


Tags: childcare quality; educational attainment

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CEP Discussion Paper
Unexpected School Reform: Academisation of Primary Schools in England Andrew Eyles, Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally
November 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1455:
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JEL Classification: I20; I21; I28


Tags: academies; pupil performance

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CEP Discussion Paper
"Teaching to Teach" Literacy Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Martina Viarengo
April 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1425:
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JEL Classification: I21;I28


Tags: literacy; phonics


This paper has been published as:
'Changing how literacy is taught: evidence on synthetic phonics', Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Martina Viarengo, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Volume 10, Issue 2, May 2018
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CEP Discussion Paper
Universal Pre-School Education: The Case of Public Funding with Private Provision Jo Blanden, Emilia Del Bono, Sandra McNally and Birgitta Rabe
May 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1352:
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JEL Classification: I21; I24; H44


Tags: childcare; child outcomes; publicly provided goods

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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

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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

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Non-Native Speakers Of English In The Classroom: What Are The Effects On Pupil Performance? Charlotte Geay, Sandra McNally and Shqiponja Telhaj
March 2012
Paper No' CEEDP0137:
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Tags: language; immigration; education

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Mental Health and Education Decisions Francesca Cornaglia, Elena Crivellaro and Sandra McNally
February 2012
Paper No' CEEEDP0136:
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JEL Classification: I1; I2


Tags: mental health; educational attainment; drop-out

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
The Evaluation of English Education Policies Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally
December 2011
Paper No' CEEDP0131:
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JEL Classification: I2


Tags: educational inequality; evaluation; school policies

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
An Evaluation of “Special Educational Needs” Programmes in England Francois Keslair, Eric Maurin and Sandra McNally
November 2011
Paper No' CEEDP0129:
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JEL Classification: I2


Tags: education; special needs; evaluation;

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Does Additional Spending Help Urban Schools? An Evaluation Using Boundary Discontinuities Stephen Gibbons, Sandra McNally and Martina Viarengo
September 2011
Paper No' CEEDP0128:
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JEL Classification: R0; I21; H52;


Tags: urban schools; education; resources;


This paper has been published as:
Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) Discussion Paper No. 90
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Does Additional Spending Help Urban Schools? An Evaluation Using Boundary Discontinuities Stephen Gibbons, Sandra McNally and Martina Viarengo
August 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0090:
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JEL Classification: R0; I21; H52


Tags: urban schools; education; resources

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Special Paper
CEE Special Report: The Children's Workforce: A Data Scoping Study. A Report for the Department of Children, School and Family (DCSF) Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Dongshu Ou July 2010
Paper No' CEESP02:
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Tags: children's services; national child strategy; education

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CentrePiece Article
In brief: A Swedish model for UK schools? Helena Holmlund and Sandra McNally
February 2010
Paper No' CEPCP306:
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CentrePiece 14 (3) Winter 2010

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CentrePiece Article
In Brief: Every child matters? Sandra McNally
June 2009
Paper No' CEPCP285:
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CentrePiece 14 (1) Spring 2009


This article summarises 'Every Child Matters? An Evaluation of Special Educational Needs Programmes in England' by Francois Keslair, Eric Maurin and Sandra McNally, a forthcoming CEE Discussion Paper.
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CentrePiece Article
Big ideas: education Sandra McNally
June 2009
Paper No' CEPCP279:
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CentrePiece 14 (1) Spring 2009

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
University Quality and Graduate Wages in the UK Iftikhar Hussain, Sandra McNally and Shqiponja Telhaj
March 2009
Paper No' CEEDP0099:
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JEL Classification: I23; J24


Tags: university quality; returns to education

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Does Money Matter for Schools? Helena Holmlund, Sandra McNally and Martina Viarengo
January 2009
Paper No' CEEDP0105:
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JEL Classification: I21;H52


Tags: education; resources;

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CentrePiece Article
In Brief: Are the top universities worth paying for? Iftikhar Hussain, Sandra McNally and Shqiponja Telhaj
October 2008
Paper No' CEPCP259:
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CentrePiece 13 (2) Autumn 2008

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Educational Effects of Widening Access to the Academic Track: A Natural Experiment Eric Maurin and Sandra McNally
August 2007
Paper No' CEEDP0085:
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JEL Classification: I2


Tags: education; tracking; selection

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Resources and Standards in Urban Schools Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Costas Meghir
February 2007
Paper No' CEEDP0076:
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JEL Classification: I21; H52; C52


Tags: education; resources; evaluation; disadvantage

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Gender and Student Achievement in English Schools Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally
February 2006
Paper No' CEEDP0058:
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Tags: gender; educational achievement


This paper has been published as:
Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 21, 357-372 (2005)
CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
New Technology in Schools: Is There a Payoff? Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Olmo Silva
January 2006
Paper No' CEEDP0055:
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JEL Classification: H52; I20; I28; J24


Tags: information and communication technology (ict); pupil achievement


This paper has been published as:
New Technology in Schools, Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Olmo Silva, The Economic Journal, Volume 117, Issue 522, July 2007
CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Vive la Revolution! Long term returns of 1968 to the angry students Eric Maurin and Sandra McNally
June 2005
Paper No' CEEDP0049:
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CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
The Literacy Hour Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally
December 2004
Paper No' CEEDP0043:
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Tags: education literacy

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CentrePiece Article
Large Benefits, Low Cost Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally
February 2004
Paper No' CEPCP152:
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CentrePiece 9 (1) Spring 2004


This article is based on research published in 'The Literacy Hour' CEE Discussion Paper No'43, December 2004