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Alison Andrew

Alison Andrew

Senior Research Economist


MSc Economics (Distinction), UCL, 2016

BA Economics (1st Class), University of Cambridge, 2013


Alison joined the IFS in 2013. Alison’s research examines the origins of socio-economic and gender inequalities, especially focusing on the roles of childhood, adolescence, marriage and parenthood. Her work combines the use of randomised controlled trials, novel methods for measuring the drivers of inequality and structural modelling. Alison’s research is primarily focused in India and the UK.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W21/17
This paper provides novel empirical evidence on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the division of labour among parents of school-aged children in two-parent opposite-gender families.
Journal article | Fiscal Studies, Volume 41, Issue 3
This paper combines novel data on the time use, home‐learning practices and economic circumstances of families with children during the COVID‐19 lockdown with pre‐lockdown data from the UK Time Use Survey to characterise the time use of children and how it changed during lockdown, and to ...

Reports and comment

We look at the differences between men and women in all activities that can be labelled as ‘work’.
Briefing note
The large decline in women’s paid work after childbirth cannot, in general, be explained by couples prioritising the paid work of the higher-wage parent. Put most simply, this is because women are always more likely to stop working after parenthood, regardless of whether or not they were the ...


This online event presented new evidence on economic inequalities between men and women. It investigated how far patterns of work and pay have changed over time and what the causes of the persistent gaps are.
This presenatation was prepared for the IFS public economics lectures, held in London on 7 January 2016.