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[Photo: Sandra MCNALLY] Professor Sandra MCNALLY
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.

Latest from LSE Research Online

  • Unexpected school reform: academisation of primary schools in England

    Eyles, Andrew and Machin, Stephen and McNally, Sandra (2017) Unexpected school reform: academisation of primary schools in England. Journal of Public Economic. ISSN 0047-2727
  • Does additional spending help urban schools? An evaluation using boundary discontinuities

    Gibbons, Stephen and McNally, Sandra and Viarengo, Martina (2017) Does additional spending help urban schools? An evaluation using boundary discontinuities. Journal of the European Economic Association. ISSN 1542-4766 (In Press)
  • Quality in early years settings and children’s school achievement

    Blanden, Jo and Hansen, Kirstine and McNally, Sandra (2017) Quality in early years settings and children’s school achievement. CEP Discussion Papers, CEPDP1468. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
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    CEP Publications

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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

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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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    | Executive Summary (pdf)

    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:
    Full Paper (pdf)

    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