Professor Lorraine Dearden works in the Department of Quantitative Social Science, at the Institute of Education (IoE) and Director of Education Research at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). She is Director of the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis (PEPA) Node, which is based at the IFS. She is also Deputy Director of the Centre for the Economics of Education, which is based at the London School of Economics, the IFS and the IoE.
Her research focuses on the impact of education policies and initiatives on child and later adult outcomes; the impact of education and training on labour market outcomes and company performance; evaluation of education and labour market programs and policies (including Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA) and Ethnic Parity in Job Centre Plus Programmes); the evaluation of childcare and early years policies on children’s and parents’ outcomes (for example the NNI initiative); ethnic inequality in childhood outcomes; HE funding issues; wage determination and the labour market; and intergenerational income and education mobility.She has published widely on all these issues in major economic journals.
She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2008.