Sarah Cattan

Research Affiliate

Institute for Fiscal Studies, London

Sarah Cattan is Senior Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, UK. She earned her PhD at the University of Chicago in 2012.

She is an applied microeconomic with a strong interest in labor economics and its intersection with development, health and family economics. Her current research focuses on the formation of human capital from birth through adolescence, the determinants of parental investments in their children, and the impact of early childhood education and childcare policies on children and their families.

She joined IZA as a research affiliate in March 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10995

Instructional time is seen as an important determinant of school performance, but little is known about the effects of student absence. Combining historical records and administrative data for Swedish individuals born in the 1930s, we examine the impacts of absence in elementary school on short-term academic performance and long-term socio-economic...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10415

Despite the introduction of childcare subsidies in many countries, the cost of childcare is still thought to hinder parental employment. Many governments are considering increasing the generosity of their childcare subsidies, but the a priori effect of such a policy is ambiguous and little is known empirically about its likely...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8856

We examine the channels through which a randomized early childhood intervention in Colombia led to significant gains in cognitive and socio-emotional skills among a sample of disadvantaged children. We estimate production functions for cognitive and socio-emotional skills as a function of maternal skills and child's past skills, as well as...