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Christine Farquharson

Christine Farquharson

Research Economist

Education

MSc Economics, London School of Economics, 2015

B.A. (Hons) Economics, University of Toronto, 2014

Christine joined the IFS in 2015 in the Education and Skills sector. Her work focuses on early intervention, child development, and programme evaluation. Current projects include assessing the impact Sure Start has on children’s health outcomes, piloting an early intervention programme in Peterborough, and modelling the relationship between parental labour supply, childcare choices, and child development. Since 2018, Christine has also been an editor of the IFS Green Budget, which sets out the challenges and trade-offs facing the Chancellor in advance of the Budget each year.

Reports

Briefing note
Support for childcare and the early years is shaping up to be a major issue in this election campaign. To date, both the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats have promised enormous increases in the generosity of England’s free childcare system,[1] with money for extra funding per hour, extra ...
Briefing note
Early education and childcare has also become an increasingly important part of the education spending landscape. Between 2009–10 and 2018–19, annual spending on free childcare for 3- and 4-year-olds rose by almost £1,900 per child (in today’s prices) and we spent £3.3 billion last year on ...

News and comment

Newspaper article
In the long term the only sustainable response to a smaller economy is to spend less on public services or tax more to support them.
Observation
In a new feasibility study, we conclude that it would be possible to implement and evaluate a new programme targeted at very young children in disadvantaged families. We also provide a blueprint for what the programme and evaluation could look like.

Presentations

Presentation
IFS researchers presented the key findings from their second annual report on education spending in England, supported by the Nuffield Foundation, providing consistent measures of day-to-day spending per pupil in England across the four main stages of education stretching back to the early 1990s.
Presentation
Videos and slides from the launch of the new IFS report, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, into the overall impacts on health of the Sure Start programme.