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Staff Biography

[Photo: Keith LAI] Mr Keith LAI
Occasional Research Assistant - Community
Email: k.t.lai@lse.ac.uk

Email: uctpkkt@live.ucl.ac.uk

Expertise: Economics of Crime, Microeconometrics, Programme Evaluation


Keith is a MPhil/PhD student in Economics at University College London. He started working in the CEP as an Occasional Research Assistant to Professor Stephen Machin in October 2013. He previously served as an Economist in the Ministry of Justice (the UK Government), working on cost-benefit analyses of policies related to the criminal justice system.

Current Areas of Research:

Trends and determinants of hate crime


  • MRes/MPhil/Phd in Economics, UCL, 2012-
  • MSc in Economics (Distinction), UCL, 2011
  • BSc in Economics (First Class Hons), UCL, 2008


  • ESRC Studentship 2012-2016
  • Best Overall Performance and Best Dissertation in MSc Economics, UCL, 2011
  • Undergraduate Open Scholarship, UCL, 2005-2008