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Valérie Lechene

Valérie Lechene

Research Fellow


PhD Economics, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, 1993
DEA, EHESS, 1989
MA Economics, EHESS, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), 1988

Valerie is an applied microeconomist, interested in understanding the behaviour of individuals, both theoretically and empirically, with the aim of informing policy. Part of her research focuses on modelling intra-household behaviour in order to understand how individuals interact to reach the decisions whose consequences we see. She is particularly interested in applying these models in the context of developing economies. She also has a long-standing interest in consumption and demand, which has informed both her research and policy oriented work, conducted for UK government bodies. She also works on health.

She was educated in France, where she obtained a PhD from Delta-Ehess. She is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Economics at UCL and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Currently, she is the Director of the BSc in Economics at UCL.

Academic outputs

Journal article
We show that observed behaviour can be rationalised by the fact that the shadow price of home-cooked food, which accounts for the fact that cooking takes time, has risen relative to the price of ready-to-eat food.
IFS Working Paper W21/19
We provide a method to estimate resource shares—the fraction of total household expenditure allocated to each household member—using OLS estimation of Engel curves.

Reports and comment

External publication


This presentation was made at a workshop held at the Institute for Fiscal Studies about resource allocation within households in March 2012.