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Barbara Sianesi

Senior Research Economist
Education

PhD Economics, "Essays on the Evaluation of Social Programmes and Educational Qualifications", University College London, 2002
PhD Economics, "Biotechnology and Biodiversity Loss", Milan, 1998
MSc Environmental and Resource Economics (Distinction), University College London, 1997
BA Economics (110/110 summa cum laude), Bocconi University, Milan, 1995

Biography

Barbara is a Senior Research Economist in the Education, Employment and Evaluation research sector. She joined the IFS as a PhD scholar in 1998.

Her current research focuses on evaluation methods, applied in particular to labour market programmes and policies as well as to educational investments.

Selected publications

  

All available outputs

Evidence of randomisation bias in a large-scale social experiment: The case of ERA, May 2017, Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 198, Issue 1, pp. 41-64, Elsevier, Journal article
‘Randomisation bias’ in the medical literature: a review, November 2016, Working Paper, W16/23, The IFS
Misreported schooling, multiple measures and returns to educational qualifications, August 2014, (with Erich Battistin Michele De Nadai ), Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 181, No. 2, pp. 136--150, Elsevier, Journal article
Previous version:
Erich Battistin, Michele De Nadai and Barbara Sianesi February 2012, Misreported schooling, multiple measures and returns to educational qualifications, External publication
Evaluating the labour market impacts of Universal Credit: a feasibility study, July 2014, (with Stuart Adam Monica Costa Dias ), External publication, Department for Work and Pensions
Dealing with randomisation bias in a social experiment: the case of ERA, May 2014, Working Paper, W14/10, Institute for Fiscal Studies
What is (Propensity Score) Matching?, July 2012, Video clip
Misreported schooling in survey and administrative data and returns to educational qualifications, July 2012, (with Erich Battistin Michele De Nadai ), Presentation
Measuring the impact of government interventions, May 2012, External publication, National Centre for Research Methods
Misreported schooling, multiple measures and returns to educational qualifications, February 2012, (with Erich Battistin Michele De Nadai ), External publication, IZA
The impact of the Employment Retention and Advancement Study on workers' outcomes, September 2011, External publication, Department for Work and Pensions
Misclassified Treatment Status and Treatment Effects: An Application to Returns to Education in the United Kingdom, May 2011, (with Erich Battistin ), Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 93, no. 2 pp. 495-509, May 2011., MIT Press, Journal article
Previous version:
Erich Battistin and Barbara Sianesi April 2006, Misreported schooling and returns to education: evidence from the UK, cemmap Working Paper , CWP07/06
Non-participation in the Employment Retention and Advancement Study: implications for the experimental fourth-year impact estimates, January 2011, (with Haroon Chowdry ), External publication, Department for Work and Pensions
Stata matching package, June 2010, Software
Ethnic parity in labour market outcomes for benefit claimants, January 2009, (with Claire Crawford Lorraine Dearden , Alice Mesnard , Jonathan Shaw ), Working Paper, W09/04
Differential effects of active labour market programs for the unemployed, June 2008, Labour Economics, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp 370-499, Elsevier, Journal article
Previous version:
Ethnic parity in Jobcentre Plus programmes and mainstream services: main report, May 2008, (with Claire Crawford Lorraine Dearden , Alice Mesnard , Jonathan Shaw , Peter Urwin), Mimeo
Non-participation in the Employment Retention and Advancement Study: A quantitative descriptive analysis, May 2007, (with Alissa Goodman ), External publication, Department for Work and Pensions
Misreported schooling and returns to education: evidence from the UK, April 2006, (with Erich Battistin ), Working Paper, CWP07/06
Now published:
Early education and children's outcomes: low long do the impacts last?, December 2005, (with Alissa Goodman ), Fiscal Studies, Vol. 26, No. 4, December 2005, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 513-548, Blackwell Publishing, Journal article
Press release:
Alissa Goodman and Barbara Sianesi, 09 December 2005, Does early education have long-lasting effects?, Press release
Previous version:
Alissa Goodman and Barbara Sianesi July 2005, Early education and children's outcomes: how long do the impacts last?, Mimeo
Does early education have long-lasting effects?, December 2005, (with Alissa Goodman ), Press release
Evaluating the effect of education on earnings: models, methods and results from the National Child Development Survey, July 2005, (with Richard Blundell Lorraine Dearden ), Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, Vol. 168, No. 3, pp. 473-512, Royal Statistical Society, Journal article
Previous version:
Richard Blundell, Lorraine Dearden and Barbara Sianesi November 2003, Evaluating the impact of education on earnings in the UK: Models, methods and results from the NCDS, cemmap Working Paper , W03/20
Measuring the returns to education, June 2005, (with Richard Blundell Lorraine Dearden ), in What's the good of education? The economics of education in the UK (Machin, S. and Vignoles, A. (eds.)) Princeton University Press, Book chapter
Returns to education for the 'marginal learner' evidence from the BCS70, December 2004, (with Lorraine Dearden Leslie McGranahan ), External publication, Centre for the Economics of Education
An in-depth analysis of the returns to National Vocational Qualifications obtained at Level 2, December 2004, (with Lorraine Dearden Leslie McGranahan ), External publication, Centre for the Economics of Education
The role of credit constraints in educational choices: evidence from the NCDS and BCS70, December 2004, (with Lorraine Dearden Leslie McGranahan ), External publication, Centre for the Economics of Education
An evaluation of the Swedish system of active labour market programmes in the 1990s, November 2004, Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 86, No. 1, pp. 133-155, MIT Press, Journal article
Previous version:
Barbara Sianesi January 2002, An evaluation of the Swedish system of active labour market programmes in the 1990s, cemmap Working Paper , W02/01
film, May 2004, (with Edwin Leuven ), Software
Evaluating the impact of education on earnings in the UK: Models, methods and results from the NCDS, November 2003, (with Richard Blundell Lorraine Dearden ), Working Paper, W03/20, IFS
Now published:
The Returns to Education: Macroeconomics, January 2003, (with John Van Reenen), Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 17, No. 2, 157-200, 2003., Journal article
Previous version:
Barbara Sianesi March 2002, The returns to education: a review of the empirical macro-economic literature, cemmap Working Paper , W02/05
psmatch2, January 2003, (with Edwin Leuven ), Software
The returns to education: a review of the empirical macro-economic literature, March 2002, Working Paper, W02/05
Now published:
Barbara Sianesi and John Van Reenen January 2003, The Returns to Education: Macroeconomics, Journal article Journal of Economic Surveys , 82 pp
Human capital investment: the returns from education and training to the individual, the firm and the economy , March 1999, (with Richard Blundell Lorraine Dearden , Costas Meghir ), Fiscal Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 1999, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 1-23, Journal article
The Returns from Education and Training to the Individual, the Firm and the Economy: A Review of the Theoretical and Empirical Literature, July 1998, (with Richard Blundell Lorraine Dearden , Costas Meghir ), External publication

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