Elaine Kelly

Dr Elaine Kelly

Senior Research Economist


PhD Economics, University College London, 2011

MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2006

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1st Class), University of Oxford, 2003

ORCID: 0000-0003-4786-890X

Elaine is a Senior Research Economist in the Public Finance and Pensions sector. She joined the IFS as a PhD Scholar in 2009 and became a member of the research staff in 2011. Elaine's research interests encompass the economics of health, healthcare and education. Past work has included the impact of maternal exposure to influenza on subsequent child development, and the responses of older people to the introduction of free bus travel. She currently works on projects relating to patient choice and the use of market mechanisms within the NHS, and on the issues surrounding risky behaviour amongst young people.

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England could do more to predict and prevent temporary maternity ward closures

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Maternity units in England operate at 100% capacity much of the time. When capacity is breached, units may occasionally have to close temporarily to new admissions, causing stress to women in labour and undermining their choice over where to have their babies. New work by IFS unpicks some of the causes of closures.

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