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Laura Abramovsky

Laura Abramovsky

Research Associate


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 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

IFS Working Paper W19/15
This paper estimates flexible child health production functions to investigate whether better water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices make nutrition intake more productive for children aged 6-24 months.
IFS Working Paper W19/11
We study the effectiveness of a community-level information intervention aimed at reducing open defecation (OD) and increasing sanitation investments in Nigeria. The results of a cluster-randomized control trial conducted in 247 communities between 2014 and 2018 suggest that average impacts are ...

Reports and comment

External publication
This paper provides new evidence on how effectively piped water consumption subsidies are targeting poor households in 10 low- and middle-income countries around the world.
Newspaper article
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to fix the sanitation crisis. But our research suggests that a smart balance of microcredit, subsidies and behaviour change activities is likely to get us a good step closer.


This presentation was given at the TAXDEV Policy Conference on 23 March 2018.
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: In this presentation, Laura introduces IFS' work to support evidence-based ...