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Stefan Speckesser



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Research interests

I am an applied economist aiming to understand the effects of education (further education, apprenticeships, university and lifelong learning) on economic outcomes such as life-time earnings, labour productivity and social mobility. I am also studying whether social policy programmes, which support disadvantaged people in the labour market (e.g. young people, single parents or disabled people) are effective and help improve life chances and reduce inequality. 


My research is mainly based on large scale unstructured ("big") data, including government registers. In order to test hypotheses of economic relationships and evaluate their magnitude using such empirical material, I combine data science techniques with econometric analysis, which relates the statistical analysis to models/hypothesis derived from economic theory.  


Most of my work has been published in scientific journals, discussion papers and government reports. Some studies have been discussed in national media, including The Times, The Guardian, and The Financial Times. I also publish blogs and pieces for non-specialists and make submissions to Parliament and Government to summarise scientific evidence in my field of research if relevant to Parliamentary debate and legislation on education issues. 


A complete list of my research publications can be found on Google Scholar:

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Mannheim

1 Oct 19992 Jun 2004


1 Oct 19926 Dec 1996

External positions

Associate Research Director

5 Jul 20179 Jun 2020

Chief Economist, Institute for Employment Studies

20 Sep 20104 Jul 2017

Senior Lecturer

1 Aug 200619 Sep 2010

Senior Research Fellow

1 Apr 200431 Jul 2006

Lecturer/Ph.D. student, University of Mannheim

1 Oct 199931 Jul 2004

Lecturer/Ph.D. student

15 Jun 199930 Sep 1999


1 Oct 199831 Mar 1999

Student Research Assistant/Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

15 Feb 199430 Sep 1998


  • HA Statistics
  • HJ Public Finance

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Research Output

Peer effects and social influence in post-16 educational choice

Battiston, A., Hedges, S., Lazarowicz, T. & Speckesser, S., 2020, London School of Economics, (Centre for Vocational Educational Research Discussion Paper series; no. CVERDP025).

Research output: Working paper

  • The long-term impact of improving non-cognitive skills of adolescents: Evidence from an English remediation programme

    De Coulon, A., Vahé, N. & Speckesser, S., 2020, London School of Economics, (Centre for Vocational Educational Research Discussion Paper series; no. CVERDP028).

    Research output: Working paper

  • A comparison of earnings related to higher level vocational/technical and academic education

    Espinoza Bustos, H. & Speckesser, S., 2019, London School of Economics, 45 p. (Centre for Vocational Educational Research Discussion Paper series; no. CVERDP019).

    Research output: Working paper

  • Active labour market policies for young people and youth unemployment: An analysis based on aggregate data

    Speckesser, S., Gonzalez Carreras, F. & Kirchner Sala, L., 4 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Manpower. 40, 8, p. 1510-1534

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Estimating the impact of Traineeships

    Dorsett, R., Gray, H., Speckesser, S. & Stokes, L., 2019, Department for Education. 106 p. (Research report)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  • Activities

    • 1 Consultancy

    Impact Evaluation of the 2014-2020 ESF Programme in England

    Stefan Speckesser (Consultant), Sergio Salis (Consultant)

    Activity: Consultancy