Dr Margaret Leighton
Dr Margaret Leighton joined the School of Economics and Finance at St Andrews as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in 2015, with tenure since 2019. She holds a PhD and an MSc in Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics in France, and a BA in Economics, with minor in Environmental Studies, from Mount Allison University in Canada.
Dr Leighton is an applied microeconomist with a particular interest in education economics, as well as labour economics and development economics. Her recent research projects fall broadly under two themes. The first studies the return to university degrees, with a focus on field of study. The second uses the evaluation of educational interventions to shed light on the processes through which education shapes human capital. This research currently involves collaboration with organizations running educational interventions in India, Tanzania and Bangladesh.
At the School of Economics and Finance, Dr Leighton has taught EC1002 (Introductory Microeconomics), EC4425 (Impact Evaluation Econometrics), EC4419 (Development Economics), EC4403 (Health and Education Economics) and EC4510 (Economic Policy). She has also developed and lead an interdisciplinary MSc in International Development Practice, which has been offered through the Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies since 2018. As part of that course, she has taught on GD5201 (International Development Studies) and GD5202 (Working in International Development).
Publications and Working Papers
- “Labor Market Returns to College Major Specificity” (with J.D. Speer), European Economic Review 108:103489 (2020).
- “Unpaid Work and Access to Science Professions” (with A.M.V. Fournier, A.J. Holford, and A.L. Bond), PLoS ONE 14(6):e0217032.
- “Social Promotion in Primary School: Effects on Grade Progression” (with P. Souza and S. Straub), Brazilian Review of Econometrics 39(1):1-33 (June 2019).