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Xiaowei Xu

Xiaowei Xu

Senior Research Economist

Education
MPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2014
BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (First class), University of Oxford, 2011

Xiaowei joined the IFS in 2018 and works in the Income, Work and Welfare sector. Her research focuses on inequalities in labour market outcomes and health. Before joining the IFS, she worked at McKinsey, the Gates Foundation and in economic consulting.

Academic outputs

Journal article | Fiscal Studies, Volume 41, Issue 3
In this paper, we estimate the effects of the COVID‐19 pandemic on mental health in the UK. We use longitudinal micro data for the UK over the period 2009–20 to control for pre‐existing trends in mental health and construct individual‐specific counterfactual predictions for April 2020, ...
IFS Working Paper W20/23
Using a large-scale panel data set, we trace the evolution of incomes and well-being around the entry into ‘solo self-employment’ – that is, running a business without employees.

Reports and comment

Report
In this report, we investigate how adjusting for cost of living affects the returns to different higher education options.
Report
In this report, we study the link between higher education, geographical mobility and outcomes for individuals and regions.

Presentations

Presentation
At this event, IFS researchers presented the key findings from their latest flagship annual report on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Presentation
Self-employment in the UK has risen dramatically. At this event, we discussed findings from a new report that explores the nature of the rise of self-employment, what it tells us about the state of our labour market, and how the Covid-19 crisis has affected the self-employed.