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Konstantina Maragkou


Research Associate

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+ 44 (0)1223


  • Ph.D in Economics, University of Sheffield
  • in Applied Economics and Data Analysis, University of Essex
  • in Economics, University of Essex

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
  • European Association of Labour Economists
  • Royal Economic Society

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Konstantina is an applied economist specialising in quantitative methods and quasi-experimental research designs. Her research addresses timely topics in education particularly looking at the post-16 education trajectories of young people and inequalities in participation and attainment, and the drivers of it - including socio-economic background, family composition, personality traits, school factors and information advice and guidance. She is particularly interested in the evaluation of programmes and interventions to improve access to, participation in, and outcomes from further and higher education.

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Research Topics

  • Economics of education
  • Quantitative and Quasi-experimental methods
  • Determinants of educational outcomes
  • Evaluation of education programmes and interventions

Current Research Project(s)

  • An evaluation of the Cambridge Bursaries Scheme, with Sonia Ilie
  • Evaluation of Higher Education outreach programmes:
    • Evidence from the Linacre Institute, with Sonia Ilie, Maria Petrillo and Bertha Rohenkohl
    • Evidence from neaco, with Sonia Ilie and Ashton Brown
  • Student test-scores and parental investments in private tuition, with Cheti Nicoletti and Birgitta Rabe
  • Selective schooling systems and young people’s non-cognitive outcomes, with Gurleen Poplin
  • Inequalities in further and higher education academic match, with Chiara Cavaglia, Lindsey Macmillan and Gill Wyness
  • Skill demand and migration decisions in local labour markets, with Steve McIntosh (working paper available on request)
  • Drivers of aspiration inequality: do experiences and attitudes matter?, with Tommaso Agasisti (working paper available on request)

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  • Undergraduate supervision
    • Statistics and Methods (SOC5) - Quantitative
    • Designing Educational Research (DER) - Quantitative

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Principal and Recent Publications

Maragkou, K., 2020. Socio-economic inequality and academic match among post-compulsory education participants, Economics of Education Review, 79, p.102060

Dickerson, A., Maragkou, K. and McIntosh, S., 2018. The causal effect of secondary school peers on educational aspirations. CVER Discussion Papers.

Konstantina Maragkou

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