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Sarah Cattan

Sarah Cattan

Associate Director

Education

PhD Economics, University of Chicago, 2012

MA Economics, University of Chicago, 2007

BA Economics and Political Science (Magna Cum Laude), Columbia University, 2005

Sarah is an Associate Director in the Education and Skills sector. She joined the IFS in 2012 and currently holds a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship to study child development and household behaviour in developed and developing countries. Sarah’s research interests include the origins of inequality and the role of human capital played in driving inequalities within and across generations. In the recent past, she has conducted projects looking at the determinants of early childhood development, the impact of early childhood and education policies, and the gender wage gap.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W20/9
Many governments are considering expanding childcare subsidies to increase the labour force participation of parents (especially mothers) with young children.
IFS Working Paper W20/3
We examine the channels through which a randomized early childhood intervention in Colombia led to significant gains in cognitive and socio-emotional skills among a sample of disavantaged children aged 12 to 24 months at baseline.

Reports and comment

Briefing note
On the 20th March 2020, UK schools closed their gates to all but the children of essential workers and those deemed most vulnerable. As of 15 May, this remained the case; should the progress of the pandemic permit, some more children might be allowed to return at the start of June.
Briefing note
The coronavirus pandemic, and the measures put in place to combat it, have changed almost everything about how people live their day-to-day lives. More than ever before, life today is being conducted behind the nation’s front doors.

Presentations

Presentation
Girls are aware of the benefits of STEM careers, but fear they are male-dominated.
Presentation
This presentation was given by Sarah Cattan, Institute for Fiscal Studies, at the event "Childcare policy, maternal employment, and the UK policy debate: examining the evidence" on 2 December 2016.