James Cockett

BSc (Econ)

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Research Fellow (Economist)


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James Cockett  joined IES in 2017. James has experience of using a variety of national- and EU-level datasets, undertaking statistical and econometric analyses. He has experience of working with both survey and administrative data. James is also a competent user of several quantitative software packages including Stata, SPSS and Excel.

His research interests include microeconomics with a focus on education (in particular, higher education), as well as the barriers facing disadvantaged groups in the labour market.

In his time at IES James’ project work has included a feasibility study for the European Commission on how to evaluate the European Social Fund using counterfactual impact evaluation methods. James has also evaluated the effect of the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) and change in National Minimum wage (NMW) on employment and hours including the effect on younger workers for the Low Pay Commission using LFS and ASHE data. James has also undertaken econometric analysis for the JPMorgan Chase Foundation analysing progression in employment using EU-SILC and EWCS data.

More recently James has worked on a project for the Social Mobility Commission investigating the link between internal migration and social mobility. James undertook analysis of Understanding Society as well as analysis of migration flows. He has also been involved in undertaking weekly analysis of vacancy trends using Adzuna data for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

He is currently working on the impact evaluation and the Cost Benefit Analysis for the Health Led Trials project.


2017 University of Sussex BSc Hons Economics

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