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Prof Emla Fitzsimons
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of Economics
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

Emla leads the team responsible for developing the design, content and analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study, a longitudinal study of children born in the early noughties, with interviews taking place every 2-4 years. Her research is focused on human capital investment from early childhood through adolescence, and spans both developed and developing countries. On early childhood, she was the Principal Investigator of an 18 month parenting programme in Colombia, evaluated by randomised control trial. She was co-investigator of an early childhood nurition programme in Malawi, closely involved in the data design and collection, and program evaluation. She has studied the influence of breastfeeding on development through childhood, using a unique source of variation in the Millennium Cohort Study. Her work in adolescence has considered how factors such as divorce in childhood, family size and composition, poverty and mental health, and policies relating to school subsidies and university grants, affect skill formation in this critical period. Prior to joining the UCL Institute of Education, Emla worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where she remains affiliated as a Research Fellow.

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  • UK, Colombia, Malawi, Nepal

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