Dr Craig Holmes

Fixed Term Fellow in Economics

I am a labour economist, a lecturer and tutorial tutor in Economics at Pembroke, a senior research fellow on the Employment, Equity and Growth programme with INET@Oxford and research associate of the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE).

Teaching activities

I teach tutorials on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Labour Economics, Behavioural Economics. Along with Daniel Susskind, I give the undergraduate Labour Economics lectures.

Research interests

Labour economics, earnings inequality, social mobility, the economics of education, economic growth, skills and skills policy, behavioural economics, experimental economics.

Publications

Peer reviewed

Holmes, C, and Mayhew, K, (2016), 'The economics of higher education', Oxford Review of Economic Policy 32(4), pp 475-496. Link.

Holmes, C, (2013), 'Has the expansion of higher education led to greater economic growth?', National Institute Economic Review 224(1) pp. R29-47. Link.

Holmes, C, (2010), 'Quasi-hyperbolic discounting and retirement: a comment', Journal of Public Economics 94, pp. 135-6. Link.

Other publications

Holmes, C, and Mayhew, K, (2016), Alternative pathways into the graduate labour market, London: CIPD. Link

Holmes, C, (2016), ‘How should education adapt in the race between education and technology?’ in Citi GPS, Technology at Work v2.0: The Future Is Not What It Used to Be, London: Citi GPS. Link

Holmes, C, (forthcoming), ‘The individual return to acquiring skills’, in Warhurst, C, Buchanan, J, Mayhew, K, and Finegold, D, (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training, Oxford: OUP.

Grugulis, I, Mayhew, K, and Holmes, C, (forthcoming), ‘The economic and social benefits of skills’, in Warhurst, C, Buchanan, J, Mayhew, K, and Finegold, D, (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training, Oxford: OUP.

Holmes, C, and Mayhew, K, (2015), Over-qualification and skills mismatch in the graduate labour market, London: CIPD. Link

Bowes, L, Evans, J, Nathwani, T, Birkin, G, Boyd, A, Holmes, C, Thomas, L and Jones, S (2015), Understanding progression into higher education for disadvantaged and under-represented groups, BIS research paper no. 229. Link.

Holmes, C, and Mayhew, K, (2014), 'The winners and losers in the hourglass labour market', in Archer, L, Mann, A, and Stanley, J (eds.), Understanding Employer Engagement in Education: theories and evidence, London: Routledge.

Public lecture: Skills, education and work in the digital age

This lecture was given on November 3rd 2016 at the Oxford Martin School. It discuss the recent changes in jobs, the skills needed in work and the implications for inequality, before considering how new technologies will affect these trends over the next few decades. It argues that while education and skills policy is a useful tool, there are limitations to what it can achieve, and that part of a renewed focus on industrial strategy should be to consider ways of shaping, where possible, the demand for skills as much as their supply.

"Skills, education and work in the digital age" with Dr Craig Holmes