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Christine Farquharson

Christine Farquharson

Senior 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
How is Scotland's higher spending allocated across different services? How have these allocations changed over time? And how do a range of headline indicators of public service outcomes vary between Scotland and England?
Briefing note
On 8 March, all pupils in England will return to in-person schooling after what is hopefully the final period of COVID-related blanket school closures.

News and comment

Observation
The SNP’s manifesto offers big gains to a number of targeted groups in Scotland - but would involve difficult trade-offs in a tight budgetary environment.
Observation
Pre-pandemic, local authorities received funding to deliver free childcare places each academic year based on the number of children accessing childcare in January of that year. As a result of the pandemic, funding for the Autumn 2020 term has – unusually – been based on childcare attendance in ...

Presentations

Presentation
This presentation was given by Christine Farquharson at the 2019 General Election manifesto analysis briefing.
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.