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Emla Fitzsimons is Co-Director of the Centre for Evaluation of Development Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (EDePo@IFS). Her research is based around human capital investment decisions in relation to children. Her research on the period of early childhood includes the implementation and evaluation of a programme in Colombia which is targeted at children aged one to three and a half years and based around weekly home visits.
For the UK, she is currently conducting research into the effects of breastfeeding on children’s cognitive and non-cognitive development up to the age of seven. These projects also contain a strong health and nutrition focus and other work around this theme evaluates the impacts of a reproductive health programme in Malawi on children’s nutrition. This work also considers wider economic effects such as on household labour supply and household risk sharing arrangements.
Emla’s work on children’s schooling includes an evaluation of the Colombian conditional cash transfer programme Familias en Acción on schooling and work and the role of the programme as a safety net in the event of departure of father figure from the household.