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Elaine Kelly

Elaine Kelly

Senior Research Economist


PhD Economics, University College London, 2011

MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2006

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1st Class), University of Oxford, 2003

Elaine is a Senior Research Economist in the Public Finance and Pensions sector. She joined the IFS as a PhD Scholar in 2009 and became a member of the research staff in 2011. Elaine's research interests encompass the economics of health, healthcare and education. Past work has included the impact of maternal exposure to influenza on subsequent child development, and the responses of older people to the introduction of free bus travel. She currently works on projects relating to patient choice and the use of market mechanisms within the NHS, and on the issues surrounding risky behaviour amongst young people.

Academic outputs

Journal article
Journal article published in the Journal of Health Economics in September 2020. Full (open-access) article available at
IFS Working Paper W20/1
This paper examines the impacts of private hospital entry on publicly funded elective care in England.

Reports and comment

To mark the BBC’s coverage of the NHS’s 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have come together for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions on the ...
This report provides new estimates of total spending by the government on children in England, including benefits, education spending,services for vulnerable children and healthcare. In the most recent year of data (2017–18), total spending was over £120 billion or over £10,000 per child under ...


This presentation was delivered by Elaine Kelly at the IFS event on "NHS services in the face of increasing demand" on 11 September 2017.
Presentation at the ENTER Jamboree Conference 2017