Sonya Krutikova is the Programme Director of the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo) at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Research Associate at the Department of International Development (ODID), University of Oxford. She completed her PhD in Economics at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the determinants of skill acquisition among children and young people living in poverty, as well as more broadly the mechanisms through which childhood conditions manifest in child development and outcomes. She is currently exploring the role of home and school factors in explaining the evolution of gaps in cognitive skills and school attainment among children from poorer and better off backgrounds in developing countries. Within this agenda a key focus is on understanding how factors that explain evolution of gaps differ across different stages of childhood and adolescence. She has a number of projects focusing on the role of quality of home and centre-based child-care provision for development in early childhood, has been working with the Young Lives data to examine the evolution of socio-economic gaps in cognitive skills over the course of childhood and the factors that contribute to this, and is involved in a number of ongoing and pipeline projects looking at the impact of childhood poverty on marriage, fertility and employment choices of adolescents and young adults in developing and developed countries.
She has published papers in several peer-reviewed journals, including Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Studies, Labour Economics and Oxford Review of Education.