Dr Tania Oliveira


Contact Details

  • Tel: 0116 252 5369
  • Email: to20@le.ac.uk
  • Office: AC202, Astley Clarke Building
  • Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 14.30 - 15.30


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Research Interests

  • Economics of Education
  • Labour Economics
  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Public Economics

I am mostly interested in research in the area of the economics of education motivated by the will to study observable characteristics of the education sector. Topics of interest include: the debate about the public finance of higher education; the impact of peer effects on the quality of the education and on individual's labour market conditions; the relationship between education and inequality.

I am also interested in carrying out research in the related fields of labour economics and public economics, using microeconometric techniques and game theory. In general, I am interested in studying microeconomics and individual choice behaviour. Following recent work as a consultant for the World Bank I'm also interested in carrying out research in determinants of productivity and indicators of firm performance in developing countries.

Research papers can be downloaded via RePEc.

Current PhD Students


  • EC1005: Applying Maths to Economics
  • EC3044: Economics of Human Resources
  • EC3067: International Finance 

Administrative Responsibilities

In the Department of Economics:

  • Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Member of the Undergraduate Learning and Teaching Committee

In the College of Social Science:

  • Deputy Academic Director
  • Chair of the Employability and Careers Tutor Group

In the University:

  • Member of the Academic Policy Committee
  • Member of the Career Development Advisory Board

Most Recent Publications

  • 'Must try harder. Evaluating the role of effort on educational attainment', with G. De Fraja and L. Zanchi, The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2010, vol.92, pp.577-597
  • 'Participation in Higher Education in Britain: The effect of ability and parental income', with L. Zanchi
  • 'France v England, who scores in the game of producing university graduates?' 

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