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Xiaowei Xu

Xiaowei Xu

Senior Research Economist

Education
MPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2014
BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (First class), University of Oxford, 2011

Xiaowei joined the IFS in 2018 and works in the Income, Work and Welfare sector. Her research focuses on inequalities in labour market outcomes and health. Before joining the IFS, she worked at McKinsey, the Gates Foundation and in economic consulting.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W20/23
Using a large-scale panel data set, we trace the evolution of incomes and well-being around the entry into ‘solo self-employment’ – that is, running a business without employees.
IFS Working Paper IFS Working Paper W20/16
Mental health in the UK worsened substantially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic – by 8.1% on average and by much more for young adults and for women which are groups that already had lower levels of mental health before Covid-19.

Reports and comment

Briefing note
Much of the debate about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, our responses to it, and the longer-term legacy that it will leave has quickly become a discussion about various forms of inequality.
Briefing note
Our research uses up to date real time data from DWP’s Find a Job website to track vacancy levels across all sectors of the economy and regions of the country.

Presentations

Presentation
At this event, IFS researchers discussed how Covid-19 has interacted with existing inequalities and consider the potential long-term legacy of the pandemic on inequality.
Presentation
This presentation was given at the launch of the IFS Green Budget 2019.