Working papers and current research

The Effect of Gender-Targeted Conditional Cash Transfers on Household Expenditures: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment, with Alex Armand, Orazio Attanasio and Pedro Carneiro. IZA DP 10133. Submitted.


A structural analysis of the decline of home cooked food,  with Tom Crossley, Rachel Griffith and Wenchao (Michelle) Jin. Coming soon.
    Abstract: In recent decades, ready-to-eat food has replaced, to a considerable extent, home cooked food in the diet of households in the developed world. In the UK, the share of ingredients in the food budget has nearly been halved between 1980 and 2000, from 57\% to 30\%. This is despite the fact that, over the same period, the price of ingredients decreased more than the price of all ready-to-eat foods (both eaten at home and out). We develop and estimate a structural model of food consumption and time use to explain this puzzle. We analyse the choice between home cooked foods, whose preparation is labour intensive, and ready-to-eat foods, which require little or no preparation time and effort. We show that once we account for the fact that cooking takes time, in the past decades, the (shadow) price of home cooked food has risen relative to that of ready-to-eat food. Our model enables us to explain recent trends in food choices and to quantify the relative importance of the decline in household size, of market price changes and of the increase in real wages in the long term decline of ingredients consumption. We show that the level of tax required to incentivise households to chose to consume more home cooked food and less ready-to-eat food is too high to be a credible policy tool, because food choices are mainly driven by wages.


Conditional Cash Transfers, Women and the Demand for Food, with Orazio Attanasio, September 2010, IFS Working Paper W10/17. Revision requested, World Bank Economic Review.


Household decision-making in aggregate models: does heterogeneity matter? with Thomas Crossley, 
Hayley Fisher and Hamish Low. 


Publications in refereed journals

Efficient responses to targeted cash transfers, with Orazio Attanasio, forthcoming, October 2013, Journal of Political Economy. 

The effect of increases in food prices on consumption and welfare in rural Mexico, with Orazio Attanasio, Vincenzo Di Maro, and David Phillips, Journal of Development Economics, 104, (2013), p136-151.

 Health selection and the effect of smoking on mortality, with Jérome Adda, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Volume 115, Issue 3, pages 902-931, July 2013, doi: 10.1111/sjoe.12004.

Non cooperative household demand, with Ian Preston, Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 146, Issue 2, March 2011, Pages 504–527

Distributional Effects in Household Models: Separate Spheres and Income Pooling, with Martin Browning and Pierre-André Chiappori, Economic Journal, Volume 120: Issue 545, June 2010, DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2009.02311.x. Link to working paper version.

Does the representation of household behaviour matter for welfare analysis of tax-benefit policies? An introduction, with Bargain O., Beblo M., Beninger D., Blundell R., Carrasco R., Chiuri M.C., Laisney F., Longobardi E., Moreau N.,Myck M., Ruiz-Castillo J. and Vermeulen F., Review of the Economics of the Household, 2006, 4, 99-111.

“Collective models of household labour supply with non convex budget sets and non-participation: a calibration approach”, with Bargain O., Beblo M., Beninger D., Blundell R., Carrasco R., Chiuri M.C., Laisney F., Longobardi E., Moreau N., Myck M., Ruiz-Castillo J. and Vermeulen F., Review of the Economics of the Household, 2006, 113-127.

“Who receives the money matters: Simulating the working families tax credit in the UK and some European tax reforms”, with Bargain O., Beblo M., Beninger D., Blundell R., Carrasco R., Chiuri M.C., Laisney F., Longobardi E., Moreau N., Myck M., Ruiz-Castillo J. and F. Vermeulen F., Review of the Economics of the Household, 2006, 4, 129-156.

“Evaluating the move to a linear tax system in Germany and other European countries: the choice of the representation of household decision processes does matter”, with Bargain O., Beblo M., Beninger D., Blundell R., Carrasco R., Chiuri M.C., Laisney F., Longobardi E., Moreau N., Myck M., Ruiz-Castillo J. and Vermeulen F., Review of the Economics of the Household, 2006, 4, 159-180.

"Collective and unitary models: a clarification", with Martin Browning and Pierre-André ChiapporiReview of the Economics of the Household, 2006, 4, 5-14.[Working paper]

Children and Demand: Direct and Non Direct Effects'' with Martin Browning. Review of Economics of the Household, Vol 1, Issue 1-2, January-April 2003, pp 9-31.

"Tests of Income Pooling in Household Decisions”, February 2002, with Orazio Attanasio, Review of Economic Dynamics, Vol. 5, No. 4, Oct 2002, pp. 720-748. [Working paper[Download from Science Direct]

''Incomes and Outcomes: A Structural Model of Intra-Household Allocation'', with Martin Browning, François Bourguignon and Pierre-André Chiappori, Journal of Political Economy, vol102, n6, 1994.

''Une revue de la littérature sur les échelles d'équivalence'', Economie et Prévision, 1993-4/5, n110-111, p169-82.

''Intra-Household Allocation of Consumption: A Model and Some Evidence from French Data'', with François Bourguignon, Pierre-André Chiappori and Martin Browning, Annales d'Economie et de Statistiques, n29, JanvierMars 1993, p137-157.

''Offre de travail des couples et fiscalité'', Economie et Prevision, 1991-1992, n98, p33-45


Book chapters

“Using the CE to Model Household Demand”, with Laura Blow and Peter Levell, in Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures, Christopher Carroll, Thomas Crossley, and John Sabelhaus, editors, forthcoming, NBER Book Series Studies in Income and Wealth, University of Chicago Press.

“Labour Market Participation of Women and Fertility: the Effect of Social Policies – Comments”, in Women at Work: An Economic Perspective, edited by Tito Boeri, Daniela Del Boca and Christopher Pissarides, Oxford University Press, June 2005.

''Comparing Poverty Rates Accross Countries: A Case Study of France and the United Kingdom'', with A.B.Atkinson, K.Gardiner, H.Sutherland, in ''The distribution of Welfare and Household Production, International Perspectives'', Jenkins, Kapteyn and Van Praag eds., Cambridge University Press 1998.

''Salaires, Expérience et Accidents'', with T. Magnac, in ''Trajectoires Sociales, Inégalités et Conditions de Vie'', F.Bouchayer Ed., ERES, 1996.


Policy and consulting papers

“Demand analysis of the National Food Survey”, with Andrew Chesher, Report prepared for the Food Standard Agency, 2002.

''Income and Price Elasticities of Demand for Food'', Section 5 of the ''Annual Report on Food Expenditure, Consumption and Nutrient Intakes'', Report of the National Food Survey Committee, London, The Stationery Office, 2001

''Income and Price Elasticities of Demand for Meat, Meat Products and Fish'', Section 6 of the ''Annual Report on Food Expenditure, Consumption and Nutrient Intakes'', Report of the National Food Survey Committee, London, The Stationery Office, 2000, p87-110.

''Income and Food Expenditure 1987-1997'', with Andrew Chesher, Section 6 of ''Household Food Consumption and Expenditure 1997'', Report of the National Food Survey Committee, HMSO 1998.

''L'évaluation des politiques publiques d'insertion des jeunes sur le marché du travail: questions microéconomiques'', with T.Magnac, in ''Cahier Travail et Emploi'', La Documentation Française, 1996.

''Insertion des jeunes sur le marché du travail: Outils d'analyse et analyses empiriques'', with T.Magnac, J-M Robin and M.Visser, Report for the ''Délégation Interministérielle à l'Insertion des Jeunes'', April 1995.

''The effects of differences in housing and health care systems on international comparisons of income distributions'', with J.Falkingham, K.Gardiner, J.Hills, H.Sutherland, Eurostat Report, 1994.

''Comparing Low Incomes in France and the United Kingdom: Evidence from Household Expenditure Surveys'', with A.B.Atkinson, K.Gardiner, H.Sutherland, in Contemporary Issues in Income Distribution Research, Reports and Proceedings of the Social Policy Research Center, n115, June 1994.

 
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