Abi Adams-Prassl, Oxford University
Abi Adams-Prassl is associate professor & Senior research fellow at University of Oxford.
Her research sits within Applied Microeconomics, often focused on the econometrics of consumer and family choice.
Her research has three main themes.
First, she develops empirical methods to bring new models of decision-making to data. Much of behavioural economics is confined to lab experiments because it is difficult to measure and quantify irrationality. She asks what we can learn from real-world data about the drivers (rational or irrational) of choices and develop practical tools for applied researchers to use in their work. Another key research stream concerns family decision-making. Poor data and restrictive models often mean that economists end up making strong assumptions about how families behave, increasing the risk of unintended consequences when formulating policy. In 2020, she was awarded an ERC Starting Grant to develop this research agenda.
Second, she expoits large-scale datasets to better understand modern labour markets. She has a number of projects using job vacancy text to provide new insights on changing employment contracts and diversity in the workplace. A particular interest is in understanding why gender inequalities persist.
Third, she develops frameworks for quantifying access to justice in the UK legal system. There have been a big reforms in the process by which individuals can enforce their rights. Alongside Jeremias Adams-Prassl, she analyses the impact of these changes on claimants and provide theoretical frameworks for assessing the legality of reforms. Their work on employment tribunal fees led to the UK Supreme Court declaring them unlawful in 2017.
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