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Staff Biography

[Photo: Claudia HUPKAU] Ms Claudia HUPKAU
Associate - Education and Skills
Email: c.hupkau@lse.ac.uk

Expertise: Economics of education, Labour economics, Identity economics, Applied economics


Claudia Hupkau is research co-ordinator of the Centre for Vocational Education Research and Research Economist in the Education and Skills Programme at CEP. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Goettingen (Germany) and her Master's degree in Economics at the Catholic University of Louvain. She is a PhD candidate at the Catholic University of Louvain. Before joining CEP Claudia was part of the Poverty, Resource Equality and Social Policies (PoRESP) programme at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics in Louvain, Belgium. Her research focuses on the economics of education, behavioural economics, the economics of poverty and labour economics.

Current Areas of Research:

Understanding Further Education in England. This project explores the choice patterns of students reaching compulsory schooling age and identifies the determinants of selection into academic and non-academic further education routes. It analyses the drivers of success in further education, both in terms of student and FE provider and programme characteristics and tries to shed light on the determinants of changing patterns of FE participation in England.

The career effects of children – new evidence from the UK. This project provides new evidence on the effect of child bearing on women's careers. We use time-to-conception as an instrument for fertility to investigate how having more than one child affects labour market outcomes.

The effect of school autonomy on student outcomes. This project (joined with Andrew Eyles and Steve Machin) explores the medium term effects of attending a more autonomous school on university attendance and graduation. Using the academy school reform implemented in England throughout the 2000's we identify the causal impact of attending an academy school and find that it increases both the likelihood to attend college and to graduate.


  • PhD candidate in Economics, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
  • MRes in Economics, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
  • Diplom in Economics, Georg August University Goettingen, Germany.

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

CEP Publications

CVER Briefing Note
Further Education in England: Learners and Institutions Claudia Hupkau and Guglielmo Ventura
February 2017
Paper No' CVERBRF001:
Full Paper (pdf)
CEP Discussion Paper
Fertility and Mothers' Labor Supply: New Evidence Using Time-to-Conception Claudia Hupkau and Marion Leturcq
January 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1463:
Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)

JEL Classification: J13; J21; J22

Tags: labor force supply of women; infertility shocks; time-to-conception; causal impact