Catherine Porter is the Director of Young Lives and Professor of Economics at Lancaster University, UK.
Her research interests are in applied microeconomics, often using panel or longitudinal datasets. Her focus is on the impact of unexpected events (shocks) on various outcomes such as nutrition, education and parental investments, how inequality develops through childhood into adolescence and early adulthood, and the effectiveness of policy in remediating such inequalities.
Journal articles and special issuesPorter, Cath (with Richard Freund, Jere Behrman)(2023) 'Social Protection and Foundational Cognitive Skills during Adolescence: Evidence from a Large Public Works Program ', World Bank Economic ReviewPorter, Cath (with A Sanchez )(2022) 'The Evolution of Young People’s Mental Health during COVID-19: Evidence from four Low-and-Middle-Income-Countries ', Public Health in PracticePorter, Cath (with A Sanchez )(2022) 'Young Lives interrupted: Effects of Covid-19 and containment policies on adolescents in low- and middle-income countries ', Journal of Dvelopment StudiesPorter, Cath (with Saurabh Singhal, Tassew Woldehanna )(2022) 'Young people, mental health, and civil conflict: Preliminary findings from Ethiopia's Tigray region ', Psychiatry Research Communications 2 (1) : 100025Porter, Cath (with C Porter, A Sanchez, D Scott)(2021) 'The impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on the experience of domestic violence among young people in Peru: Evidence from a list randomization experiment ', Social Science and Medicine- Population Health 14 : 100792Porter, Cath (with M Penny, E Revathi, A Sánchez, LD Thuc, T Woldehanna, A McKay )(2021) 'Cohort Profile Update: The Young Lives Study ', International Journal of EpidemiologyPorter, Cath (with C Porter, A Hittemeyer)(2021) 'Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on anxiety and depression symptoms of young people in the Global South: evidence from a four-country cohort study ', BMJ Open 11
Working papersPorter, Cath (with A Sánchez )(2021) 'Unpacking the Post-lockdown Employment Recovery of Young Women in the Global South ', IZA Discussion Paper No 14829Porter, Cath (with A Sánchez )(2021) 'Stratification of Returns to Higher Education in Peru: The Role of Education Quality and Major Choices ', IZA Discussion Paper No 14339Porter, Cath (with J Aguero, A Sanchez )(2021) 'Do More School Resources Increase Learning Outcomes? Evidence from an Extended School-Day Reform ', IZA Discussion Paper No 14240Porter, Cath (with P Glewwe, A Sanchez )(2021) 'Expecting better? How young people form their earnings expectations ', IZA Discussion Paper No 14289Porter, Cath (with M Mitchell, A Sanchez )(2020) 'Human Capital Development: New Evidence on the Production of Socio-Emotional Skills ', IZA Discussion Paper No 13804