Arnaud Chevalier is a Professor of Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Arnaud's principal interests are in education, health and economics of the family. He has published in amongst others the Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Journal of Health Economics, and the Journal of Population Economics.

He is:
- the editor of the Data and Method subject area of the IZA World of Labor
- Since 2017, he is a member of executive committee of the European Association of Labour Economists

He was as Senior Research Associate at IZA from September 2014 until August 2016 and has been an IZA Research Fellow since October 2002.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9004
Journal of Political Economy, 2017, 125 (2), 393-430

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany experienced an unprecedented temporary drop in fertility driven by economic uncertainty. Using various educational measures, we show that the children born during this nativity slump perform worse from an early age onwards. Consistent with negative selection, mothers who gave birth in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8869
Arnaud Chevalier, Xiaoxuan Jia
published in: Manchester School, 2016, 84, 600-620

Do applicants to higher education rely on expert judgement about the quality of the course when applying? Using application data across UK universities over a period of 8 years, we investigate how league tables affect prospective students' application decisions. We use subject specific ranking rather than the commonly used institution...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8582
Forthcoming in: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 2017

This paper examines a quasi-experiment in which we encourage student effort by setting various weekly incentives to engage in online tests. Our identification strategy exploits i) weekly variation in incentives to determine their impact on student effort, and ii) controlled cross-group variation in assessment weighting. Assessment weighting strongly encourages quiz...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8363
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2014, 40, 257-292

This paper estimates the financial returns to higher education quality in the UK. To account for the selectivity of students to institution, we rely on a selection on observable assumptions. We use several estimates including the Generalised Propensity Score of Hirano and Imbens, which relies on a continuous measure of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8177
published in: Labour Economics, 2015, 34, 51-63

Research on employers' hiring discrimination is limited by the unlawfulness of such activity. Consequently, researchers have focused on the intention to hire. Instead, we rely on a virtual labour market, the Fantasy Football Premier League, where employers can freely exercise their taste for racial discrimination in terms of hiring and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7712

We explore the link between parental selection and criminality of children in a new context. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, East Germany experienced a very large, but temporary, drop in birth rates mostly driven by economic uncertainty. We exploit this natural experiment in a differences-in-differences setup...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6539

One of the most consistent findings in studies of electoral behaviour is that individuals with higher education have a greater propensity to vote. The nature of this relationship is much debated, with US studies generally finding evidence of a causal relationship, while European studies generally reporting no causal effect. To...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6353
(Forthcoming in: Research in Labor Economics, 2016)

Policy makers generally advocate that to remain competitive countries need to train more scientists. Employers regularly complain of qualified scientist shortages blaming the higher wages in other occupations for luring graduates out of scientific occupations. Using a survey of recent British graduates from Higher Education we report that fewer than...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5652
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2011, 30 (6), 1187-1201

Using a survey of a cohort of UK graduates, linked to administrative data on higher education participation, this paper investigates the labour market attainment of recent graduates by subject of study. We document a large heterogeneity in the mean wages of graduates from different subjects and a considerably larger one...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3590
published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2011, 30 (3), 515-530

One theory for why there is a strong education gradient in health outcomes is that more educated individuals more quickly absorb new information about health technology. The MMR controversy in the UK provides a case where, for a brief period of time, some highly publicized research suggested that a particular...