Valerie is an applied microeconomist, interested in understanding the behavior of individuals, both theoretically and empirically, with the aim of informing policy. Part of her research focuses on modelling intra-household behavior to understand how individuals interact to reach the decisions whose consequences we see. She is particularly interested in applying these models in the context of developing economies. She also has a long-standing interest in consumption and demand, which has informed both her research and policy-oriented work, conducted for UK government bodies. She also works on health.
She was educated in France, where she obtained a PhD from Delta-Ehess. She is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Economics at UCL and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Currently, she is the Director of the BSc in Economics at UCL.