Alexander Wolf

Alexander Wolf

Post-doctoral Fellow

PhD Economics, Université libre de Bruxelles, 2017
MA Economics (grande distinction), Université libre de Bruxelles, 2012
BSc Mathematics, Universität Hamburg 2010

Alex Wolf joined the IFS in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on demand. His research is in intra-household allocations and focusses in particular on finding ways to estimate these reliably from expenditure data.

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Estimating household resource shares: A shrinkage approach

| Journal Article

Collective models identifying resource shares are promising tools to analyze intra-household welfare and poverty. However, their empirical application has proven difficult in practice as authors contend with large standard errors and unstable estimates. This paper uses a prominent framework to show how a common feature of the structure of these models makes the task so difficult and proposes an empirical strategy to stabilize the estimates.

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