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Research at St Andrews

Margaret Alice Leighton


Margaret Alice Leighton
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School of Economics & Finance
The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462442

Research overview

Margaret uses data to answer questions and to test economic hypotheses. While education is her primary field of interest, she has also worked on projects in development economics and labour economics. In recent research, she has gathered and analysed data to better understand how education policies shape students’ school choices and performance, and how those choices determine important later outcomes such as occupations, wages, and career satisfaction.

PhD research projects available

1. Formation of, and returns to, general and specific human capital. 2. Labour market returns to specific features of educational curricula or education systems. 3. Horizontal education-occupation mismatch, or mismatch between individual comparative advantage and occupation tasks. 4. I am also happy to supervise students who are working with, or have recently worked with, education or development organisations, and wish to carry out doctoral-level research which includes impact evaluations of ongoing projects or interventions. I am open to discussing projects of this type around a broader range of topics including, but not limited to, education.

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