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Staff Biography

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

CUNEF, Madrid
Email: Claudia.hupkau@cunef.edu

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


Claudia Hupkau is Assistant Professor in Economics at CUNEF, Madrid, and Associate in the Education and Skills Programme at the Centre for Economic Performance.

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. 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.

School autonomy and student outcomes. This project (joint 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 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

CentrePiece article
Covid-19 and the work patterns of men and women Claudia Hupkau and Barbara Petrongolo
July 2020
Paper No' CEPCP582:
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CentrePiece 25 (2) Summer 2020

Tags: covid-19; work patterns; labour market; gender

CVER Research Paper
Where versus What: College Value-Added and Returns to Field of Study in Further Education Esteban Aucejo, Claudia Hupkau and Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela
June 2020
Paper No' CVERDP030:
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JEL Classification: 75; I21; J24; J45

Tags: value-added; returns to education; returns to college; field of study; further education; vocational education and training

CEP Covid-19 analysis
Work, care and gender during the Covid-19 crisis Claudia Hupkau and Barbara Petrongolo
May 2020
Paper No' CEPCOVID-19-002:
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Tags: covid-19; job losses; service sector; childcare; flexible working solutions

Journal article
Identity, non-take-up and welfare conditionality Claudia Hupkau and François Maniquet
March 2018
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Tags: identity cost; non-take-up; reflected appraisals; welfare conditionality;

CVER Briefing Note
Further Education in England: Learners and Institutions Claudia Hupkau and Guglielmo Ventura
February 2017
Paper No' CVERBRF001:
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CEP discussion paper
Fertility and Mothers' Labor Supply: New Evidence Using Time-to-Conception Claudia Hupkau and Marion Leturcq
January 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1463:
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JEL Classification: J13; J21; J22

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

Journal article
School reforms and pupil performance Andrew Eyles, Claudia Hupkau and Stephen Machin
August 2016
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JEL Classification: I20;I21;I28

Tags: academies; school reform; school autonomy; pupil performance

Parliamentary inquiry or consultation
Response to the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy for the Apprenticeships Inquiry K Hadjivassilou, Claudia Hupkau, Steven McIntosh, Sandra McNally, Stefan Speckesser and Guglielmo Ventura
March 2016
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Tags: education; skills; economy; apprenticeships

Parliamentary inquiry or consultation
Response to the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility - Call for Evidence on "Transitions from School to Work" Claudia Hupkau, Sandra McNally, Stefan Speckesser and Hilary Steedman September 2015
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Tags: social mobility