Department of Economics

Dr Joanna Clifton-Sprigg

A lecturer in economics with research interests in migration, labour and education.

LecturerMA (Hons) MPhil, PhD

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Dr Joanna Clifton-Sprigg joined the Department of Economics in July 2015 as a Lecturer in Economics. She holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and has previously worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Bristol.

Joanna’s main research interests range from migration and labour economics to economics of education. She is predominantly interested in the socio-economic implications of the unprecedented increase in migratory movements within the European Union over the past decade.

Her work to date has been mainly empirical and explored, among other things:

  • The impact of parental employment abroad on children’s educational outcomes
  • The classroom spillover effects of parental employment abroad
  • The development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills of bilingual children

To enable the research, she has also initiated and led a data collection project in schools in Poland.

Research interests

  • labour economics
  • economics of migration
  • economics of education
  • econometric data analysis



Clifton-Sprigg, J., 2015. Educational spillovers and parental emigration. Labour Economics, 34, pp. 64-75.


Clifton-Sprigg, J., James, J. and Vujic, S., 2017. FOI as a Data Collection Tool for Economists.Vol. D/2017/1169/008. Working Paper. Antwerp: Faculty of Applied Economics, the University of Antwerp. (Research Paper 2017-008; D/2017/1169/008)

Clifton-Sprigg, J., 2014. Out of sight, out of mind? Educational outcomes of children with parents working abroad.Vol. 251. Discussion Paper. Edinburgh School of Economics. (Discussion Paper; 251)


Clifton-Sprigg, J., 2015. To leave or not? Parental emigration decisions and human capital development of children. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Edinburgh.

Non-academic press

Clifton-Sprigg, J., 2015. Bilingual children lag behind in language learning early on, but catch up by age five. The Conversation

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