Sarah Cattan

Dr 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

ORCID: 0000-0001-7339-7051

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.

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Can universal preschool increase the labour supply of mothers?

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Since the 1970s, many countries have established free or highly subsidized education for all preschool children in the hope of improving children’s learning and socio-economic life chances and encouraging mothers to join the labor force. Evaluations reveal that these policies can increase maternal employment in the short term and may continue to do so even after the child is no longer in preschool by enabling mothers to gain more job skills and increase their attachment to the labor force. However, their effectiveness depends on the policy design, the country context, and the characteristics of mothers of preschoolers.

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