Abigail Adams

Tutor in Economics; Associate Professor in Economics
MA DPhil Oxf

abigail.adams@new.ox.ac.uk 

Abi read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics as an undergraduate at Oriel College, Oxford before undertaking an ESRC funded DPhil in Economics at New College. Upon finishing her doctorate in 2013, she was elected to a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford and subsequently held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Cowles Foundation, Yale University. Since 2013, she has also been a Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, London and in 2016 she won an ESRC Future Research Leaders award shortly after election to her Fellowship at New College.

Teaching

Abi gives tutorials in Microeconomics and Quantitative Economics to economists on the PPE, Economics & Management, and History & Economics courses. For the Department, she coordinates the Computational Methods course and lectures on the graduate Econometrics and Public Economics courses.

Research

Abi’s current research develops new ways of bringing economic models of decision-making to data in a flexible, yet theory–consistent, manner.  She is particularly interested in how new ‘behavioural’ economics models, which allow for departures from rationality, can be bought to the data. A further interest lies at the intersection of Labour Economics and Law Law, where she works with lawyers to understand the impact of labour market regulation.

Selected Publications

  • Adams, A. and Prassl, J. (2016) Vexatious Claims: Challenging the Case for Employment Tribunal Fees, Modern Law Review
  • Adams, A., Clarke, D. and Quinn, S. (2016) Microeconometrics and MATLAB, Oxford University Press
  • Prassl, J Adams, A., Freedland, M. and Prassl, J. (2016) ‘The Zero Hours Contract’, Giornale di Diritto del Lavoro.
  • Adams, A. and Porter, M. (2015) ‘For Love or Reward? Characterising Preferences for Giving to Parents in an Experimental Setting’, The Economic Journal.
  • Adams, A., Crawford, I. (2015). ‘Models of Revealed Preference’, in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioural Sciences (eds.) R. Scott and S. Kosslyn, Hobojenm NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Adams, A., Cherchye, L., De Rock, B. and Verriest, V. (2014) ‘Consume Now or Later? Time Inconsistency, Collective Choice and Revealed Preference’, American Economic Review.
  • Adams, A., Crawford, I. (2015). ‘Models of Revealed Preference’, in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioural Sciences (eds.) R. Scott and S. Kosslyn, Hobojenm NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Adams, A., Prassl, J. (2015). ‘Labour Legislation and Evidence-Based Public Policy’, in New Frontiers in Empirical Labour Law (eds.)  A. Blackman and A. Ludlow, Oxford: Bloomsbury (Hart) Publishing.
  • Adams, A., Levell, P. (2014). Poverty and the Cost of Living, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.