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Professor Emma Tominey



  • BSc(Bristol)
  • MSc(Bristol)
  • PhD(UCL)

Departmental roles

  • Deputy Head of the Applied Econometrics Cluster
  • Postgraduate Admissions Tutor



Labour Economics and Applied Econometrics. I have worked on labour topics including youth unemployment and policy evaluation of government incentive schemes. 

Currently I am interested in the technology of skill formation and the peer effects of female labour supply.


  • "Maternity Leave and the Effectiveness of Female Labour Supply as Insurance"
  • Intergenerational Mobility, Human Capital Formation, and the Timing of Parental Income (with Pedro Carneiro, Italo Lopez Garcia and Kjell Salvanes).
  • Family Income Shocks and Adolescent Human Capital (with Pedro Carneiro and Kjell Salvanes).
  • Mother's Labour Supply: The Family Peer Effect (with Cheti Nicoletti and Kjell Salvanes).
  • "Where Does all the Time Go? Maternal Labour Supply and Time With Children." with Sarah Grace See and Jo Swaffield.


Selected publications

Full details of publications can be found at RePEc
'Mothers Working During Preschool Years and Child Skills: Does Income Compensate?' 2022 (with Cheti Nicoletti and Kjell Salvanes), Journal of Labour Economics.


'Parental Inputs and Socio-Economic Gaps in Early Child Development' (with Lindsey Macmillan), 2022, Journal of Population Economics.


‘Intergenerational Mobility and the Timing of Parental Income’, 2021 (with Pedro Carneiro, Italo Lopez Garcia and Kjell Salvanes). Journal of Political Economy.  


‘The Family Peer Effect on Mothers’ Labour Supply’, 2018  (with Cheti Nicoletti and Kjell Salvanes). American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.


'Incentives in the Public Sector: Evidence from a Government Agency', 2017 (with Simon Burgess, Marisa Ratto and Carol Propper). The Economic Journal.


'Female Labour Supply and Household Employment Shocks: Maternity Leave as an Insurance Mechanism', 2016. European Economic Review


'Smarter Task Assignment or Greater Effort: the impact of incentives on team performance', 2010 (with Simon Burgess, Carol Propper, Marisa Ratto, Stephanie von Hinke Kessler Scholder). The Economic Journal.


'The Male Wage Scar from Youth Unemployment', 2005 (with Paul Gregg). Labour Economics.



Dr. Emma Tominey

Emma Tominey
Department of Economics
Room: A/EC/118

Tel: 01904 323781
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