Laura Abramovsky

Dr Laura Abramovsky

Senior Research Economist


PhD Economics, University College London, 2015
MSc Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2003
BA Economics (magna cum laude), Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2000

Laura joined the IFS in 2003. Her current work focuses on tax and social protection policy in developing countries, and she is Director of IFS's DfID-funded Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) . This programme aims at generating new research, analysis and in-country analytical capacity in the area of tax and benefit policy and administration in (or of relevance to) DfID-priority countries, including Ghana and Ethiopia. She is also working on tax policy analysis in Mexico and Jordan. 

She has been involved in a range of programme evaluations, and is now leading an evaluation of a sanitation intervention in Nigeria that aims to stimulate households' demand for sanitation and improve the supply of sanitation solutions. Laura has also worked on firms' behaviour, with specific focus on productivity and innovation issues in the UK and Europe.

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Domestic Effects of Offshoring High-skilled Jobs: Complementarities in Knowledge Production

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We provide evidence on how changes in the use of high-skilled workers (inventors) in a foreign location affect a firm's domestic use of the same type of worker. We exploit rich data that provide variation in the location of inventors within multinational firms across industries and countries to control for confounding firm–time and industry factors. We find that a 10% increase in the use of foreign inventors leads to a 1.9% increase in the use of domestic inventors. Our results suggest that foreign and domestic inventors are complementary in the production of knowledge.

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