Ms Abi Adams

Junior Research Fellow in Economics




My research is primarily concerned with developing new tools to allow the applied economist to move in a more flexible way between microeconomic theory and data. Such work is more formally labeled as "applied nonparametric microeconometrics". This line of research involves two sorts of activity:

  1. Creating tests to determine whether an economic theory of choice behaviour is "correct".
  2. Developing techniques to recover features of decision making problems that we cannot directly observe from choice data and to then predict behaviour in new environments.

In order to advance this research agenda, I draw heavily upon techniques from finite mathematics, into which I have been integrating insights from information theory and integer programming. This allows me to reduce my reliance on auxiliary functional form assumptions, which lead to type 1 error and misspecification bias in more traditional, parametric approaches. I am particularly interested in applying these techniques to better understand consumption and savings behaviour, and to evaluate the impact of public policies on choice and welfare.  An additional interest of mine is the determinants of individual voting behaviour and political preferences in the US and UK.