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Lucy Kraftman

Lucy Kraftman

Research Economist


MSc Economic Analysis and Policy (Magna cum Laude), Paris School of Economics, 2018
BSc Economics (1st Class), University of Bristol, 2016

Lucy joined the IFS in 2018 and works on human capital in developed and developing countries. Her current work includes assessing the value added of social workers in Chile and investigating health inequality in the UK.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W20/26
This paper combines novel data on the time use, home learning practices and economic circumstances of families with children during the COVID-19 lockdown with pre-lockdown data from the UK Time User Survey to characterise the time use of children and how it changed during lockdown.
Journal article
COVID-19 has uprooted many aspects of parents’ daily routines, from their jobs to their childcare arrangements.

Reports and comment

The COVID-19 school closures forced children and parents to make unprecedented changes to their daily routines. Including the summer holidays, most children will have had a five-and-a-half-month break from physically attending school by the time they returned in September.
In this observation, we use data from an online survey of parents with school-aged children – funded by the Nuffield Foundation and collected during June and July 2020 – to document the patchwork of in-person schooling that children had before the summer. We also explore parents’ concerns ...


These presentations were given as part of a day of lectures on Public Economics to students, held at the IFS.