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Emla Fitzsimons

Emla Fitzsimons

Research Fellow

Education

PhD in Economics, University College London, 'Essays on Education and Work Choices in Developing and Developed Economies', 2004
Higher Diploma in Education, University College Dublin, 1997
MA in Economics, University College Dublin, 1996
Bachelor of Actuarial and Financial Studies, University College Dublin, 1995

Emla Fitzsimons is a Research Fellow, attached to the Centre for Evaluation of Development Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She worked at the IFS for 14 years prior to taking up the position of Professor of Economics and Director of the Millennium Cohort Study at the Institute of Education.

Her research on early childhood aims at understanding how early experiences and parental investments affect longer-term outcomes. For instance, she is using the Millennium Cohort Study to understand the impacts of breastfeeding on outcomes later on in childhood. She led a project in Colombia that implemented and evaluated a home visiting programme, with the aim of surveying the children through time and understanding the longer term effects of the programme. She has extensive research analysing how policies affect young people's schooling and labour market choices – including programmes in the UK and Colombia providing subsidies to stay on in post-compulsory schooling, and the system of higher education finance in the UK

Academic outputs

Journal article | The Economic Journal
This paper studies the relationship between group size and informal risk sharing. It shows that under limited commitment with coalitional deviations, this relationship is theoretically ambiguous.
Journal article | PLoS Medicine
Poor early childhood development (ECD) in low- and middle-income countries is a major concern. There are calls to universalise access to ECD interventions through integrating them into existing government services but little evidence on the medium- or long-term effects of such scalable models.

Reports and comment

External publication
Microfinance institutions across the world are moving from group lending to individual lending. This EBRD Impact Brief presents some such evidence from a recent randomised field experiment in Mongolia.
External publication
This report, in Spanish, evaluates the first wave of the survey, Familias en Acción.

Presentations

Presentation
This presentation was given by Bansi Malde at the PEPA workshop "Are you sure that's the answer? Robust inference and policy evaluation" on 9 October 2013.
Presentation
Presentation on Early Childhood Development 25th June 2012