Gillian Wyness

UCL Institute of Education, UK

I’m very happy to contribute to the IZA World of Labor series on a subject I think is fascinating and important. I hope it will be useful to other academics interested in evidence about the nature and extent of university mismatch

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor of Economics, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO) at the UCL Institute of Education, UK; Research Associate, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, UK

Research interest

Economics of higher education

Past positions

Research Economist, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, UK


PhD Economics, UCL Institute of Education, 2009

Selected publications

  • "Minority report: The impact of predicted grades on university admissions of disadvantaged groups." Education Economics (Forthcoming) (with R. Murphy).

  • "The end of free college in England: Implications for enrolments, equity, and quality." Economics of Education Review (2019) (with R. Murphy and J. Scott Clayton).

  • "Student awareness of costs and benefits of educational decisions: Effects of an information campaign." Journal of Human Capital 10 :4 (2016) ( with M. McGuigan and S. McNally).

  • "Higher education, career opportunities and intergenerational inequality." Oxford Review of Economic Policy 32:4 (2016): 553–575 (with C. Crawford, P. Gregg, L. Macmillan, and A. Vignoles).

  • "Money for nothing: Estimating the impact of student aid on participation in Higher Education.” Economics of Education Review 43 (2014): 66–78 (with L. Dearden and E. Fitzsimons).