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Barbara Sianesi

Barbara Sianesi

Senior Research Economist


PhD Economics, "Essays on the Evaluation of Social Programmes and Educational Qualifications", University College London, 2002
PhD Economics, "Biotechnology and Biodiversity Loss", Milan, 1998
MSc Environmental and Resource Economics (Distinction), University College London, 1997
BA Economics (110/110 summa cum laude), Bocconi University, Milan, 1995

Barbara is a Senior Research Economist in the Education, Employment and Evaluation research sector. She joined the IFS as a PhD scholar in 1998.

Her current research focuses on evaluation methods, applied in particular to labour market programmes and policies as well as to educational investments.

Academic outputs

Journal article | Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Journal article | Journal of Econometrics

Reports and comment

External publication
This report assesses what options are available for evaluating the labour market impacts of Universal Credit, and considers whether a credible quantitative evaluation is feasible and worthwhile based on a hypothetical roll-out scenario provided by DWP.
External publication
Economics has a long tradition of studying causal questions. Over the past few decades causal methods have been widely employed in measuring the impact of government policies.


This presentation was delivered at the Toulouse School of Economics on the 10th November 2015.
This presentation was given at the University of Bath on 2 October 2013