David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson is Principal Research Associate at UCL Institute of Education and was previously Principal Research Fellow at NIESR (2007-2016).

Research Interests

David’s research focuses on the labour market, the economics of education and policy evaluation. Recent work has looked at the relationship between age and the labour market; the impact of the introduction and subsequent increases in the National Minimum Wage; and evaluations of educational interventions in schools.


  • University of Bristol, M.Sc. in Economics, Pass with Commendation
  • University of Liverpool, B.A. (Hons.) in Economics and Mathematics

Additional Information

David’s work has been funded by the ESRC, UK government departments: Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Office for National Statistics; other independent UK bodies: the Low Pay Commission, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and the Education Endowment Foundation; and UK charitable trusts: the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Nuffield Foundation. International work includes work for the European Commission and the World Bank.

Selected Publications

Bryson, A., Stokes, L., & Wilkinson, D. (2022). Is Pupil Attainment Higher in Well-managed Schools?. Education Economics.

Bryson, A., Joshi, H., Wielgoszewska, B., & Wilkinson, D. (2021). A Short History of the Gender Wage Gap in Britain. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 36 (4), 836-854.

Joshi, H., Bryson, A., Wilkinson, D., & Ward, K. (2021). The gender gap in wages over the life course: evidence from a British cohort born in 1958. Gender, Work and Organization, 0.

Stokes, L., Runge, J., Wilkinson, D., Rolfe, H., Rienzo, C., Buzzeo, J., and Burnsall, M. (2022) ‘Healthy Minds, A report for the Education Endowment Foundation.