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Laura Abramovsky

Laura Abramovsky

Research Associate

Education

PhD Economics, University College London, 2015
MSc Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2003
BA Economics (magna cum laude), Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2000

Laura is a Research Associate of the IFS. Her current work focuses on tax and social protection policy and programme evaluation in developing countries.

She is one of the founders of the IFS's DfID-funded Centre for Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV). This programme aims at generating new research, analysis and in-country analytical capacity in the area of tax and benefit policy and administration in (or of relevance to) DfID-priority countries, including Ghana and Ethiopia. She is also working on tax policy analysis in other developing countries. 

She has also been involved in a range of programme evaluations, and is now co-leading two projects on sanitation. One is an evaluation of a sanitation intervention in Nigeria that aims to stimulate households' demand for sanitation and improve the supply of sanitation solutions. The other is a research project focused on the interaction between sanitation and nutrition in determining child height, and other child outcomes more generally.

Laura has also worked on firms' behaviour in the past, with specific focus on productivity and innovation issues in the UK and Europe.

 

Academic outputs

Journal article | Review of International Economics
We provide evidence on how changes in the use of high-skilled workers (inventors) in a foreign location affect a firm's domestic use of the same type of worker. We exploit rich data that provide variation in the location of inventors within multinational firms across industries and countries to ...
Journal article | Economia
We evaluate the large-scale pilot program of an innovative and major welfare inter- vention in Colombia, which combines home visits by trained social workers to households in extreme poverty with preferential access to social programs.

Reports and comment

Report
This paper, written collaboratively by IFS researchers and policy-makers from Ethiopia and Ghana, has multiple and interlinked objectives: (i) to provide an overview of tax incentives and best practices for their design grounded in economic principles, and assess how these apply to the case studies ...
Briefing note
This paper, written collaboratively by IFS researchers and policy-makers from Ethiopia and Ghana, has multiple and interlinked objectives: (i) to provide an overview of tax incentives and best practices for their design grounded in economic principles, and assess how these apply to the case studies ...

Presentations

Presentation
This presentation was given at the TAXDEV Policy Conference on 23 March 2018.
Presentation
On 1st of September of 2017, Laura Abramovsky spoke at HMRC's International Tax Training Programme, a flagship programme run on behalf of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA: http://www.catatax.org/). In this presentation, Laura introduces IFS' work to support evidence-based ...