Dr Angus Holford

Senior Research Fellow
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
Dr Angus Holford
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    2N2.4.25, Colchester Campus



Angus Holford is an economist based in the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. He collected and is now analysing a unique longitudinal survey of Essex undergraduates for a ground-breaking study of student life and outcomes from Higher Education, and has recently produced work on access to and returns from unpaid graduate internships, and the returns to part-time employment among teenagers. Research Agenda: Angus' research agenda is focused on the mechanisms determining human capital investments in and by children and young people. He research interactions with peers and parents and the formation and updating of preferences and expectations in home, school and higher education (HE) settings, and works to evaluate the importance of these mechanisms in determining gender and socio-economic differences in educational attainment and early labour market outcomes. Angus serves on the UK Government’s ‘Evaluation and Trials Advice Panel‘, to support the design and implementation of robust, high-quality evaluations of new government policies. Angus is also a Research Affiliate with the IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor) and was a Research Fellow at the Behavioural Insights Team ('Nudge Unit') at the Cabinet Office, Oct 2012-Jan 2013, where he produced verbal and written policy advice and research reports, and was involved in randomised control trials for evidence-based policy. Research Interests: Evidence-based policy; randomised control trials; peer effects; microeconometrics; family economics; education inequalities.


  • PhD Economics University of Essex, (2015)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Applications of Data Analysis (EC969)

Previous supervision

Sonkurt Kemal Sen
Sonkurt Kemal Sen
Thesis title: Essays in Economics of Education
Degree subject: Economics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 10/6/2022
Joshua John Fullard
Joshua John Fullard
Thesis title: Money Matters? Essays on Human Capital Accumulation, Occupational Choice and Worker Productivity.
Degree subject: Economics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 4/8/2021


Journal articles (8)

Morando, G., Costas-Fernández, J. and Holford, A., (2023). The Effect of Foreign Students in Higher Education on Native Students’ Outcomes. European Economic Review. 160, 104595-104595

Delavande, A., Del Bono, E. and Holford, A., (2022). Academic and non-Academic Investments at University: the Role of Expectations, Preferences and Constraints. Journal of Econometrics. 231 (1), 74-97

Holford, A. and Rabe, B., (2022). Going universal. The impact of free school lunches on child body weight outcomes. Journal of Public Economics Plus. 3, 100016-100016

Holford, A., (2021). Access and Returns to Unpaid Graduate Work Experience. Labour. 35 (3), 348-377

Holford, A., (2020). Youth employment, academic performance and labour market outcomes: Production functions and policy effects. Labour Economics. 63, 101806-101806

Fournier, AMV., Holford, AJ., Bond, AL. and Leighton, MA., (2019). Unpaid work and access to science professions. PLoS One. 14 (6), e0217032-e0217032

Holford, A., (2015). The labour supply effect of Education Maintenance Allowance and its implications for parental altruism. Review of Economics of the Household. 13 (3), 531-568

Holford, A., (2015). Take‐up of Free School Meals: Price Effects and Peer Effects. Economica. 82 (328), 976-993

Scholarly Editions (4)

Holford, AJ., Youth Employment and Academic Performance: Production Functions and Policy Effects

Holford, AJ., Do Parents Tax Their Children? Teenage Labour Supply and Financial Support

Holford, AJ. and Pudney, S., Survey Design and the Determinants of Subjective Wellbeing: An Experimental Analysis

Holford, AJ., Access to and Returns from Unpaid Graduate Internships

Grants and funding


Impact of the Universal Infant Free School Meal policy (2)

Nuffield Foundation


Mind the Gap: Educational Inequalities during Covid-19

Economic and Social Research Council


The Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC)

Economic and Social Research Council


Impact of the Universal Infant Free School Meal policy

Nuffield Foundation


Inequality in Higher Education Outcomes in the UK: Subjective expectations, preferences, and access

Economic & Social Research Council


The Research Centre for Micro-Social Change (MiSoC)

Economic & Social Research Council

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2N2.4.25, Colchester Campus

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