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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 W18/18
We examine the channels through which a randomized early childhood intervention in Colombia led to signi cant gains in cognitive and socio-emotional skills among a sample of disadvantaged children aged 12 to 24 months at baseline.
Journal article | IZA World of Labor
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 ...

Reports and comment

Observation
Despite receiving 55% of A levels overall in 2018, girls received just 43% of A levels awarded in STEM subjects. Rachel Cassidy, Sarah Cattan and Claire Crawford explore what drives girls’ A level choices, including why they may or may not opt for maths or physics.
Report
There is a large gender gap in the likelihood of taking maths and physics at A-level, even among high-achieving pupils. Among pupils who achieved grade A or A* (equivalent to grades 7-9) in GCSE maths in 2010, 36.5% of girls compared to 51.1% of boys took maths A-level. Among those who achieved ...

Presentations

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.
Presentation
This presentation was given at the Department for Education on 12 November 2014.