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Joe Regan-Stansfield

The Management School Lancaster University Bailrigg Lancaster LA1 4YX


United Kingdom

Research Interests

My research area is applied microeconomics, specificially the economics of education.

Current Research

The Return to Meeting Expectations: The Impact of Feedback from Standardised Tests on Subsequent Attainment [work in progress]

Using a regression discontinuity design, I investigate the impact of ‘just’ scoring enough marks on low-stakes standardised maths and English tests to receive grades denoting that the pupil has either met or surpassed the expected level of attainment. I report evidence of returns to ‘just’ obtaining both grades in school leaver English qualifications.

The Impact of Standardised Testing on Later High Stakes Test Outcomes [with Richard Murphy and Gill Wyness; early working paper available]

I exploit a widespread boycott of the 2010 Key Stage 2 (Age 11) national curriculum assessment tests to study whether such standardised tests have an effect on later test outcomes (Age 16 GCSE examinations). I find evidence of a significant private attainment benefit from participation in standardised tests (see working paper).

Does Greater Primary School Autonomy Improve Pupil Attainment? Evidence from Primary School Converter Academies in England [Accepted at Economics of Education Review]

I use a difference-in-differences strategy to evaluate the impact of the converter academies programme on pupil attainment in English primary schools. I find no evidence of an effect on maths and reading test scores at the end of primary school up to three years after schools elect to become academies. My findings contrast sharply with existing evidence focused on secondary academies.

Supervised By

Professor Ian Walker and Professor Colin Green (NTNU, Trondheim Norway)

Research Grants

Economic and Social Research Council studentship award (tuition fees and stipend), 2015-2018

(awarded by the North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC))

ESRC Overseas Institutional Vist award (awarded by the NWDTC, 2017)

Current Teaching

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since June 2017)

Graduate Teaching Assistant: Econ101 Principles of Economics A (4 tutorial groups)


MSc Economics, Distinction: Lancaster University, 2014-15
BSc (Hons) Economics, First Class: Lancaster University, 2011-14

Awards (MSc)

  • Chancellor's Medal (Dec 2015, Best academic performance across the University)• LUMS Dean's List (Dec 2015, Best academic performance across the Management School)
  • Best Academic Performance (Dec 2015, Best performance on MSc Economics course 2014-15)
  • Professor Balasubramanyam Prize (Nov 2015, "most outstanding performance in mathematical economics and econometrics")

Awards (BSc)

  • Elizabeth Brunner Prize (July 2014 and July 2013, "most outstanding and meritorious second/third year undergraduate in the Department of Economics")
  • Professor Balasubramanyam Prize (July 2014, "most outstanding performance in the field of Development Economics")
  • Philip Andrews Memorial Prize (July 2012, Awarded for exceptional year 1 performance)

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