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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 W20/26
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

Report
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.
External publication
A socially mobile country provides equal opportunities for everyone, across big cities and small towns, and regardless of whether your parents are rich or poor. This report makes use of newly linked administrative data on all state-educated pupils born between 1986 and 1988 to follow a group of ...

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.