Allen, R. (2015) Education Policy (An analysis of the economic record of the Coalition Government), National Institute Economic Review, No. 231 (R36-R43). DOI: 10.1177/002795011523100105.

Green, F., Allen, R. and Jenkins, A. (2015) Are free schools socially selective? A quantitative analysis. British Educational Research Journal, 41(6) 907-924. DOI: 10.1002/berj.3190.

Allen, R., Burgess, S., Davidson, R. and Windmeijer, F. (2015) More Reliable Inference for the Dissimilarity Index of Segregation, The Econometrics Journal, 18(1) 40-66. DOI: 10.1111/ectj.12039.

Allen, R. and Vignoles, A. (2015) Can school competition improve standards? The case of faith schools in England, Empirical Economics, 50(3) 959-973. DOI: 10.1007/s00181-015-0949-4. [An earlier draft is available here: DoQSS Working Paper No. 09/04]

Micklewright, J., Jerrim, J., Vignoles, A., Jenkins, A., Allen, R., Ilie, S., Bellarbre, E., Barrera, F. and Hein, C. (2014) Teachers in England’s Secondary Schools: Evidence from TALIS 2013, DfE Research Report RR302.

Allen, R., Burgess, S. and McKenna, L. (2014) School performance and parental choice of school: secondary data analysisDepartment for Education Research Report DfE-RR310.

Allen, R. and Rawal, S. (2013) The demography of school leadership, in Earley, P. (ed) Exploring the school leadership landscape: Changing demands, changing realities, London: Bloomsbury. [An earlier version is available here]

Allen, R. (2013) Fair access: Making school choice and admissions work for all, in Clifton, J. (ed) Excellence and equity: Tackling educational disadvantage in England’s secondary schools, London: Institute for Public Policy Research. Available here.

Allen, R. and Burgess, S. (2013) Evaluating the provision of school performance information for school choice, Economics of Education Review, 34(2013) pp.175-190. [An earlier version of this research is available here: CMPO working paper No. 10/241]

Allen, R., Burgess, S. and McKenna, L. (2013) The short-run impact of using lotteries for school admissions: early results from Brighton and Hove’s reforms, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers38(1) pp.149-166. [Currently available free here. Early version of research available here CMPO working paper No. 10/244]

Allen, R. (2013) What can we learn from Sweden’s free school reforms? Evidence from quantitative studies of impact on pupil attainment, in Almqvist, K. and Linklater, A. (eds) Images of Sweden II (pp.49-57), Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation. [a shorter version appeared in 2010 in CMPO Bulletin, Issue 10, pp. 4-7].

Allen, R. (2013) Measuring foundation school effectiveness using English administrative data, survey data and a regression discontinuity design, Education Economics, 21(5) pp.431-446. [Early version of research is available here: DoQSS Working Paper No. 10/02]

Allen, R. and Allnutt, J. (2013) Matched panel data estimates of the impact of Teach First on school and departmental performanceDoQSS working paper No. 13/11.

Hein, C. and Allen, R. (2013) Teacher quality in sub-Saharan Africa: Pupil fixed effects estimates for twelve countries, DoQSS working paper No. 13/08.

Allen, R., Coldron, J. and West, A. (2012) The effect of changes in published secondary school admissions on social composition, Journal of Education Policy, 27(3) pp.349-366, [This article is based on work from this Department for Education project: DfE Research Report RR038].

Allen, R., Burgess, S. and Mayo, J. (2012) The teacher labour market, teacher turnover and disadvantaged schools: new evidence for England, CMPO working paper No. 12/294 and DoQSS working paper No. 12/09.

Allen, R. and Burgess, S. (2012) How should we treat under-performing schools? A regression discontinuity analysis of school inspections in England, CMPO working paper No. 12/87 and DoQSS working paper No. 12/02.

Allen, R., Burgess, S., Rasul, I. and McKenna, L. (2012) Understanding school financial decisions, Department for Education Research Report DFE-RR183.

Allen, R. (2011) The economics of education, in B. Dufour and W. Curtis (eds) Studying education: An introduction to the key disciplines in education studies, UK: Open University Press. [Available on Amazon].

Grubb, W.N. and Allen, R. (2011) Rethinking school funding, resources, incentives, and outcomes, Journal of Educational Change, 12(1) pp.121-130.

Allen, R. and Burgess, S. (2011) Can school league tables help parents choose schools? Fiscal Studies, 32(2) pp.245-261.

Allen, R. and West, A. (2011) Why do faith secondary schools have advantaged intakes? The relative importance of neighbourhood characteristics, social background and religious identification amongst parents, British Educational Research Journal, 37(4)691-712.

Singleton, A.D., Longley, P.A., Allen, R. and O’Brien, O. (2011) Estimating secondary school catchment areas and the spatial equity of access, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 35(3)241-249.

Allen, R. and Burgess, S. (2010) The future of competition and accountability in education, 2020 Public Services Trust at the RSA report.

Allen, R., Burgess, S. and Key, T. (2010) Choosing secondary schools by moving house: school quality and the formation of neighbourhoods, CMPO working paper No. 10/238.

Allen, R. and West, A. (2009) Religious schools in London: school admissions, religious composition and selectivity, Oxford Review of Education, 35(4) pp.471-494.  [An early version of this research appeared in 2007 as a Summer 2007 BERA conference paper]

Allen, R. and West, A. (2009) Response to Grace’s reflections on Allen and West’s paper, Oxford Review of Education, 35(4) pp.505-507.

Allen, R. and West, A. (2008) Diversity of school provision: faith schools, memorandum submitted to the House of Commons select committee on children, schools and families, London: H.M.S.O..

Allen, R. (2008) Choice-based secondary school admissions in England: Social stratification and the distribution of educational outcomes, PhD Thesis.

Allen, R. and Vignoles, A. (2007) What should an index of school segregation measure?, Oxford Review of Education, 33(5) pp. 643-668.

Allen, R. (2007) Allocating pupils to their nearest school: the consequences for ability and social stratification, Urban Studies, 44(4) pp.751-770.

Allen, R. and Vignoles, A. (2007) Market incentives in schools, in Frank Coffield and Richard Steer (eds) Public sector reform: principles for improving the education system, London: Institute of Education.

Levačić, R., Jenkins, A., Vignoles, A., Steele, F. and Allen, R. (2005) Estimating the relationship between school resources and pupil attainment at Key Stage 3, DfES Research Report No. 679.

Duthilleul, Y. and Allen, R. (2005) Which teachers make a difference?  Implications for policy makers in SACMEQ countries, IIEP discussion paper (available on request).

Comment pieces available on-line

Most of my recent blog post are available on the Education Datalab website.

The pre-2015 posts are mostly found on this website.

These are the other open-access comments that I can remember writing:

April 2009 (Guardian) – School standards cannot improve by faith alone.

January 2011 (CMPO Viewpoint Blog) – Are school league tables any use to parents?

May 2011 (CMPO Viewpoint Blog) – Reforming school performance tables

August 2011 (CMPO Viewpoint Blog) – Revising the Draft School Admissions Code

September 2011 (CMPO Viewpoint Blog) – What are free schools for?

December 2011 (CMPO Viewpoint Blog) – “All we want is a good local school”

January 2012 (CMPO Viewpoint Blog) – Why the new school league tables are much better … but could be better still

March 2012 (CMPO Viewpoint Blog) – Who fails wins? The impact of failing an Ofsted inspection

May 2012 (CMPO Viewpoint Blog) – Reforming teacher training

May 2012 (IOE London Blog) – How can London schools be so good, given the high cost of living for teachers?

September 2012 (CMPO Viewpoint Blog) – Novices and Veterans: What new data tells us about teacher turnover and school deprivation

March 2013 (IOE London Blog) – Does ‘the gap’ matter to children who are eligible for free school meals?

March 2013 (IOE London Blog) – Evidence-based practice: why number-crunching tells only part of the story

September 2014 (Schools Week) – Are journal clubs a good use of precious free time?

March 2015 (Schools Week) – Profile: Rebecca Allen [OK, so I didn’t write this…]

June 2015 (Schools Week) – How many schools should we be trying to help?

September 2016 (TES) – If you could save comprehensives using traditional teaching and a traditional curriculum, would you?




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