CEE in the News 2020


Blogs: LSE News
How to stop UKs declining social mobility amid COVID-19

With evidence emerging that Covid-19 is increasing the divide in life chances between rich and poor. Steve Machin and Lee Elliot Major consider reform to avoid a decline in social mobility and economic and educational inequality.


The Economist
Roland Fryer on better alternatives to defunding the police

Using police presence to estimate the impact of police on crime is exceedingly difficult, but has been done in at least one impressive case study.

Using data from the 2005 London terror attacks, Mirko Draca, Stephen Machin and Robert Witt estimated the causal impact of police presence on crime: a 10% increase in total police hours reduces crime by around 3-4%, and when police deployments returned to their pre-attack levels six weeks later, the crime rate rapidly returned to its pre-attack level.


The Economist
Roland Fryer on better alternatives to defunding the police

Using police presence to estimate the impact of police on crime is exceedingly difficult, but has been done in at least one impressive case study.

Using data from the 2005 London terror attacks, Mirko Draca, Stephen Machin and Robert Witt estimated the causal impact of police presence on crime: a 10% increase in total police hours reduces crime by around 3-4%, and when police deployments returned to their pre-attack levels six weeks later, the crime rate rapidly returned to its pre-attack level.


The Independent
Lockdown burnout: Women face mental exhaustion as they juggle childcare, housework and jobs

Professor Barbara Petrongolo talks to the Independent about her research into how women are more likely to deal with homeschooling, childcare and chores around the house, even if they are working.


The Express
Schools reopening UK: Why school days may be LONGER post-lockdown; SCHOOLS in the UK may reopen with longer days to prevent a "dark age" of low social mobility.

CEP's director Professor Stephen Machin, co-author of the report, Covid-19 and social mobility, notes how: "We need to develop bold policies for now and the longer term to ensure the economic recovery also creates a more socially mobile society that is fairer for all."


The Telegraph
Schools need to be open longer to allow ''Covid generation'' to catch up after lockdown

Intervention is needed to prevent children entering a 'dark age' of declining social mobility due to social inequalities, says the report Covid-19 and social mobility by Professor Lee Elliot Major and Professor Stephen Machin.


The Guardian
Pandemic damages life prospects of all young Britons, report says

The "Covid generation" of under-25s is less likely to fulfil its potential, regardless of background, says the report Covid-19 and social mobility by Professor Lee Elliot Major and Professor Stephen Machin.


Blogs: LSE British Politics and Policy
COVID-19 and educational losses: The case for sending the youngest back to school

Jo Blanden and Birgitta Rabe discuss the decision to send the youngest students back to school this summer. They explain why doing so may be important for children’s education and wellbeing, as long as health risks can be mitigated.


The Daily Telegraph
Economy still in limbo as working parents continue to juggle childcare; With schools remaining closed, productivity levels will continue to suffer, writes Russell Lynch

But the short-term productivity hit of a workforce partly hamstrung by childcare, could be dwarfed by the longer-run economic blow to the children missing school and the wider economy, according to education experts. Stephen Machin, an LSE professor who heads the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), says there will be "a significant output loss" in the short term and is critical of the Government's strategy, saying: "I'm not sure the interaction between the labour market and the schooling market has been thought out. They are being treated as if they were two separate distinct things."

But those short-run concerns are outweighed by the prospect of the longer term damage to pupils, with the brunt felt by poorer children.

The CEP's studies, based on previous stoppages such as teachers' strikes, warn the effect of the lost learning could push a mid-ranking child into the bottom 30pc.


TES
Extra teaching needed to plug disadvantage ''chasm''

School closures have cost £1bn per week in lost 'teaching inputs' and extra teaching hours will be needed to help some pupils, finds the study Covid-19 school shutdowns: What will they do to our children's education.


TES
Extra teaching needed to plug disadvantage ''chasm''

School closures have cost £1bn per week in lost 'teaching inputs' and extra teaching hours will be needed to help some pupils, finds the study Covid-19 school shutdowns: What will they do to our children's education.


TES
Disadvantaged pupils face six-month ''learning loss''

School closures during the coronavirus lockdown could leave disadvantaged children six months behind their peers, researchers find.


Blogs: LSE Business Review
Covid-19 is increasing the divide in life chances between rich and poor

Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin propose reforms and urgent actions to tackle economic and educational inequalities in the UK.


TES
How rocketing unemployment damages children''s education

Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela, CEP research economist, writes about how job insecurity during the Covid-19 crisis will dramatically affect education outcomes for the families involved.


Relevant research: Education
Teacher turnover: does it matter for pupil achievement

This paper looks at the effects of changing teachers on children's GCSE grades. Published 2018.


TES
How rocketing unemployment damages children''s education

Job insecurity will dramatically affect educational outcomes for the families involved, writes Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela.


CentrePiece
Does school spending matter?

Steve Gibbons and Sandra McNally review research on the causal effects of school resources on secondary education.


TES
The reputation of apprenticeships is at stake...

...... unless the government steps up and offers immediate funding support to training providers, says academic.

Guglielmo Ventura, CEP research assistant, says the government should give a guarantee to every existing apprentice, that if their firm or training provider goes out of business they can finish their training with an alternative placement.


Journal of the European Economic Association
Does additional spending help urban schools? An evaluation using boundary discontinuities


Blogs: UCL CEPO
Why have we waited until now to improve the accuracy of predicted grades?

As schools prepare to replace exam results with predicted grades in response to lockdown, Gill Wyness questions the accuracy - and potential - of this approach.