Angus Holford is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. He is funded by the ESRC research centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) and a major ESRC project on socio-economic inequalities in access to and outcomes from Higher Education.

His main research interests are in family, labour and education economics, with a particular interest in the mechanisms determining human capital investments in and by children and young people, and socio-economic differences in the returns to these investments.

He obtained his PhD from the University of Essex in January 2015. He served as a Research Fellow to the Behavioural Insights Team (‘Nudge Unit’) at the UK government Cabinet Office in 2012-2013, received his MSc in Applied Economics and Data Analysis from the University of Essex in 2011 and BSc in Economics from Lancaster University in 2010.

He joined the IZA as a Research Affiliate in November 2014.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10845

We use the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) to estimate the socio-economic gradient in access to unpaid internships among English and Welsh graduates six months after completing their first degree, and the return to this internship experience 3 years later in terms of salary, occupation, contract type...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10040

This paper models child employment and parental pocket money decisions as a non-cooperative game. Assuming that the child human capital is a household public good and that the relationship between child human capital and employment is concave, we compare the welfare obtained under different decision-making mechanisms and test the predictions...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10009

We identify the effects of part-time employment, study time at home, and attitudes in school, in the production function for educational performance among UK teenagers in compulsory education. Our approach identifies the factors driving differences between the reduced form 'policy effect' of in-school employment, and its direct effect or 'production...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8822
published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2015, 13 (3), 531 - 568

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) was a UK government cash transfer paid directly to children aged 16-18, in the first two years of post-compulsory full-time education. This paper uses the labour supply effect of EMA to infer the magnitude of the transfer response made by the parent, and so test for...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8760

We analyse the results of experiments on questionnaire design and interview mode in the first four waves (2008-11) of the UK Understanding Society Innovation Panel survey. The randomised experiments relate to job, health, income, leisure and overall life-satisfaction questions and vary the labeling of response scales, mode of interviewing, and...