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Christine Farquharson

Christine Farquharson

Research Economist


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.


From lagging well behind most European countries in the early 1990s, the UK is now one of the highest spenders on the under-5s in Europe (OECD, 2014). One of the biggest programmes for this age group is Sure Start. It offers families with children under the age of 5 a ‘one-stop shop’ for ...
The IFS Green Budget 2018, in association with Citi, ICAEW and the Nuffield Foundation, is edited by Carl Emmerson, Christine Farquharson and Paul Johnson, and copy-edited by Judith Payne. The report looks at the issues and challenges facing Chancellor Philip Hammond as he prepares for his Budget ...

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Our research looks at the impacts that Sure Start had on children’s health during their primary school years from its start in 1999 and its peak in the late 2000s.
As part of its proposal to create a National Education Service, the Labour party has put forward plans to dramatically increase and reform childcare subsidies in England. Taken together, these changes would transform the childcare system in England: extending access to free childcare to more and ...


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.
Presentation at the launch event for our annual Education Spending in England report, held at One Great George Street.