Dafni Papoutsaki

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

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Research Fellow


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Dafni joined IES as a Research Fellow in February 2019. She is an applied economist with interests in labour economics, household finance, and the economics of migration. Dafni draws upon experience of conducting research on a range of policy-relevant topics while working for research centres at the University of Southampton and the University of Sheffield.

Dafni’s research focuses on the application of innovative econometric methods to the domain of labour economics. She is particularly interested in the study of the heterogeneous effects of temporary and permanent macroeconomic shocks on the labour market outcomes of individuals, their attitudes, and their financial positions. Her PhD in Economics, awarded from the University of Southampton, focused on the effects of the Great Recession on the labour market outcomes of migrants and natives in the UK. More specifically, it assessed the probability of job separations of immigrants and natives in the UK before and during the economic crisis of 2008, as well as the differential effects of the crisis on the unemployment durations of those groups.

Dafni also worked as a Senior Research Assistant for the Centre for Population Change, where she investigated the effects of the economic crisis on the saving rates and wealth accumulation patterns of migrants and natives in the UK. As a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, she worked on projects investigating the effects of austerity measures on household finance and redistribution preferences in England.


2016 University of Southampton PhD, Economics
2009 University of Essex MSc, Economics (Distinction)
2008 Athens University of Economics and Business  BSc (Hons), Economics


2017-2019 Research Associate, Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
2015-2017 Teaching Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Southampton
2014-2015 Senior Research Assistant, Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton

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