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Sonya Krutikova

Sonya Krutikova

Deputy Research Director


PhD Economics: "Schooling and Beyond: Essays on Skill Formation and Learning in Deprived Contexts", University of Oxford, 2011
MSc Economics for Development, University of Oxford, 2007
BA Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Sussex, 2003

Sonya joined the IFS in February 2014 as Director of the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo). Her main research interests are in the determinants of skill acquisition among children and young people living in poverty, as well as more broadly the mechanisms through which childhood conditions manifest in child development and outcomes. Her recent work focuses on the role of home and school factors in explaining the evolution of gaps in cognitive skills and school attainment among children from poorer and better off backgrounds in developing countries. Sonya is additionally involved with on-going research in the following areas: the effects of early childhood health, poverty and maternal well-being on health and cognitive development; measurement of development in specific cognitive domains in large-scale surveys; and evaluation of nutrition supplementation and cognitive stimulation programs targeting young children and/or their mothers in a number of contexts including Colombia and Nepal.

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Journal article
Global access to preschool has increased dramatically yet preschool quality is often poor.
IFS Working Paper WP19/23
Global access to preschool has increased dramatically yet preschool quality is often poor. We use a randomized controlled trial to evaluate two approaches to improving the quality of Colombian preschools.
Alison Andrew, Sonya Krutikova, Gabriela Smarrelli, Hemlata Verma, Abhishek Gautam, Ravi Verma, Madhumita Das, Pranita Achyut, Ronak Soni and Sanjay Sharma
This study is among the first to rigorously demonstrate potential of life skills interventions to change key outcomes of adolescent girls living in contexts where girls and women continue to be caught in a vicious cycle of low levels of human capital, low labour force participation rate, low wages, ...
IFS Working Paper W18/29
Michael P Keane, Sonya Krutikova and Timothy Neal
We study the relationship between child work and cognitive development in four Low and Middle Income Countries.
Salifu Amadu, Orazio Attanasio, Bet Caeyers, Sarah Cattan, Lina Cardona Sosa, Sonya Krutikova, Peter Leighton, Lise Masselus and Mubarik Yakubu
This report presents a detailed overview of the baseline data collection activities as part of the project "Improving early childhood development in rural Ghana through scalable low-cost community-run play schemes''. The project is collaboration between The Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK), Lively ...
Briefing note
Salifu Amadu, Orazio Attanasio, Bet Caeyers, Lina Cardona Sosa, Sarah Cattan, Sonya Krutikova, Peter Leighton, Lise Masselus and Mubarik Yakubu
High quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) are critical to children’s development and their success in adult life. Ghana has shown substantial commitment to improving ECCE, with one of the highest pre-school enrolment rates in Sub Saharan Africa. However despite this, significant ...
This is a pre-analysis plan specifies analysis we plan to perform for the evaluation of PANKH: an intervention in Dhaulpur district, Rajasthan targeting marriage, education, mental health and socio-emotional skills of adolescent girls as well as gender attitudes of girls and their carers.
Journal article | Economic Development and Cultural Change
Paul Glewwe, Sonya Krutikova and Caine Rolleston
This paper investigates whether disadvantaged children learn less than advantaged children when both types of children are enrolled in the same school, using data from Vietnam and Peru. Two different results emerge: in Vietnam, there is no evidence that schools are less effective for disadvantaged ...
Briefing note
This briefing note, released as part of the IFS's pre-election analysis, provides key information on UK aid spending.
Journal article | Economic Development and Cultural Change
Paul Glewwe and Sonya Krutikova
This article identifies some of the gaps in the existing literature pertaining to childhood development. It then introduces the Young Lives dataset, explaining the importance of such comparable data from longitudinal studies in different countries for this field of research, before exploring the ...