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Staff Biography

Research Economist - Education and Skills
Tel:  020 7955 6970
Email: j.ruiz-valenzuela@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.05 B  

Personal WebSite WWW

Expertise: Economics of Education, Labour Economics, Applied Econometrics


Jenifer received her Phd in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence. She started working in the CEP as a Research Economist in August 2014, in the Education and Skills group. She previously worked as consultant for the Economics directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and as a Junior Economist at the Bank of Spain.

Current Areas of Research:

Together with Sandra McNally, she is currently involved in a project that evaluates the effect of small group teaching assistance on reading outcomes at early ages. A second project, joint with Sandra McNally and Stephen Machin, looks at the importance of getting a “good grade” in core subjects for later educational outcomes. A third project with Claudia Hupkau, looks at the effects of university capacity constraints on student outcomes. As part of her PhD, she has studied the impact of parental job loss and parental job insecurity on the educational outcomes of their offspring.


  • 2010-2014: PhD in Economics, European University Institute
  • 2009-2010: MRes in Economics, European University Institute
  • 2006-2007: MSc in Economics, University College London
  • 2004-2006: MRes (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados), Universitat de Barcelona
  • 2000-2004: Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Universitat de Barcelona

CEP Publications

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

Journal article
Teaching assistants, computers and classroom management Helen Johnson, Sandra McNally, Heather Rolfe, Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela, Robert Savage, Janet Vousden and Clare Wood
June 2019
Paper No' :
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Tags: ict; literacy; teaching assistants;

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

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.

CVER Briefing Note
Effectiveness of CEOs in the Public Sector: Evidence from Further Education Institutions Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela, Camille Terrier and Clémentine Van Effenterre
December 2017
Paper No' CVERBRF005:
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CEP discussion paper
Job Loss at Home: Children's School Performance During the Great Recession in Spain Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela
July 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1364:
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JEL Classification: I20; I24; J63; J65

Tags: parental job loss; school performance; great recession