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Valérie Lechene

Valérie Lechene

Research Fellow


PhD Economics, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, 1993
DEA, EHESS, 1989
MA Economics, EHESS, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), 1988

Valerie is an applied microeconomist, interested in understanding the behaviour of individuals, both theoretically and empirically, with the aim of informing policy. Part of her research focuses on modelling intra-household behaviour in order to understand how individuals interact to reach the decisions whose consequences we see. She is particularly interested in applying these models in the context of developing economies. She also has a long-standing interest in consumption and demand, which has informed both her research and policy oriented work, conducted for UK government bodies. She also works on health.

She was educated in France, where she obtained a PhD from Delta-Ehess. She is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Economics at UCL and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Currently, she is the Director of the BSc in Economics at UCL.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W19/19
Individuals may be poor even if their household is not poor, because the intra-household distribution of resources may be unequal. We develop a model wherein the resource share of each person in a collective household - defined as their share of household consumption - may be estimated by simple ...
Cemmap Working Paper CWP33/18
This paper studies the differential effect of targeting cash transfers to men or women on the structure of household expenditures on non-durables. We study a policy intervention in the Republic of Macedonia, offering cash transfers to poor households, conditional on having their children attending ...

Reports and comment

External publication


This presentation was made at a workshop held at the Institute for Fiscal Studies about resource allocation within households in March 2012.