Sarah Cattan

Dr Sarah Cattan

Senior Research Economist


PhD Economics, University of Chicago, 2012

MA Economics, University of Chicago, 2007

BA Economics and Political Science (Magna Cum Laude), Columbia University, 2005

Sarah is a Senior Research Economist in the Skills sector. She joined the IFS in 2012 and currently holds a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship to study child development and household behaviour in developed and developing countries. Sarah's general research interests include human capital formation, labour markets and inequality. In the recent past, she has conducted research into the following specific areas: early childhood development; the impact of childcare policies on maternal labour supply; and the gender wage gap.


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Early childhood development policies: The evidence and the research agenda

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The importance of investment in children’s pre-school years for their later life outcomes is increasingly recognised by policymakers. This column surveys the evidence on early childhood development policies in both developed and developing countries. Research suggests that effective education programmes can be implemented at scale even in low-income settings, but the quality of the service and adapting it to the local context are crucial. Sustaining the gains from intervention in the ‘early years’ is also likely to require continuing investment at later stages of childhood.

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