Lei Xu

Research Affiliate

Loughborough University

Dr. Lei Xu is a Lecturer in Economics at Loughborough University. Lei obtained his PhD in Economics at the University of Dundee in 2018. Previously, he has worked at National Institute of Economic and Social Research and Bournemouth University.

Lei is a micro-economist with research interests in economics of education, and labour economics broadly defined. His research primarily relies on novel identifications due to pervasive confounding factors in many non-experimental observational studies. His research focuses on estimating the production function in secondary education, the selection of fields of education and occupation, work-based learning with a special focus on apprenticeships, and career mobility. His work so far has explored topics including the returns to higher education, apprenticeships, housing prices, peer effect, teaching practices, migration, and minimum wage.

Lei Xu joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in September 2022.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 15345
published in: Manchester School, 2023, 91 (1), 18 - 36
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15299
Forthcoming as a book chapter in the Springer Nature Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14825
Fengyan Dai, Lei Xu, Yu Zhu
published in: China Economic Review, 2022, 71, 101732
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14512
published in: Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, 2021, 190, 768-784.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12897
Bin Huang, Xiaoyan He, Lei Xu, Yu Zhu
published in: Journal of Housing Economics, 2020, 50, 101730