Craig Holmes

Departmental Lecturer in Public Policy

Craig Holmes is a labour economist and Departmental Lecturer in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. Prior to that, he was a Teaching Fellow in Economics at Pembroke College, Oxford. He has previously been a research fellow in the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance at the Oxford University Department of Education and a senior researcher in the Employment, Equity and Growth project at the Oxford Martin School. He completed his D.Phil in Economics in 2012.

His recent research has focused on earnings inequality, social and occupational mobility, economic growth and the economics of education, particularly focused on higher education and skills policy in the UK. He has particularly been focusing on the impact of new technology, how this affects both the structure of occupations in a labour market and the design and requirements of the jobs that are available in the workplace, and what this means for wages, progression and skill utilization. He is currently working on a comparative project on young people not in employment, education and training alongside research teams in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan.

Holmes, C, (2017), ‘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, (2017), ‘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, (2016), 'The economics of higher education', Oxford Review of Economic Policy 32(4), pp 475-496.

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

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.

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

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