My research sits within Applied Microeconomics, often focused on the econometrics of consumer and family choice.

My research has three main themes. First, I develop empirical methods to bring new models of decision-making to data. Much of behavioural economics is confined to lab experiments because it is difficult to measure and quantify irrationality. I ask what we can learn from real-world data about the drivers (rational or irrational) of choices and develop practical tools for applied researchers to use in their work. Another key research stream concerns family decision-making. Poor data and restrictive models often mean that economists end up making strong assumptions about how families behave, increasing the risk of unintended consequences when formulating policy. In 2020, I was awarded an ERC Starting Grant to develop this research agenda.

Second, I expoit large-scale datasets to better understand modern labour markets. I have a number of projects using job vacancy text to provide new insights on changing employment contracts and diversity in the workplace. A particular interest is in understanding why gender inequalities persist.

Third, I develop frameworks for quantifying access to justice in the UK legal system. There have been a big reforms in the process by which individuals can enforce their rights. Alongside Jeremias Adams-Prassl, I analyse the impact of these changes on claimants and provide theoretical frameworks for assessing the legality of reforms. Our work on employment tribunal fees led to the UK Supreme Court declaring them unlawful in 2017.


Abaluck, J. & A. Adams-Prassl, What Do Consumers Consider Before They Choose? Identification from Asymmetric Demand Responses (2020), Quarterly Journal of Economics, forthcoming.

Adams-Prassl, A., Boneva, T., Golin, M. & Rauh, C. (2020), ‘Furloughing’, Fiscal Studies, forthcoming.

Adams-Prassl, A., Boneva, T., Golin, M. & Rauh, C. (2020), ‘Inequality in the Impact of the Coronavirus Shock: Evidence from Real Time Surveys‘, Journal of Public Economics 

Adams, A. (2020) ‘Mutually Consistent Revealed Preference Demand Predictions‘. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics

Hara, K., A. Adams, J. Bingham, C. Callison-Burch, K. Milland & S. Savage, (2018) ‘A Data-Driven Analysis of Workers’ Earnings on Amazon Mechanical Turk’, CHI 2018

Adams, A. and Porter, M. (2016) ‘For Love or Reward? Characterising Preferences for Giving to Parents in an Experimental Setting’, The Economic Journal.

Adams, A., L. Cherchye, B. De Rock, E. Verriest (2014) ‘Consume Now or Later? Time Inconsistency, Collective Choice, and Revealed Preference’, American Economic Review


Adams-Prassl, A. and Adams-Prassl, J. (2020) ‘Access to Justice, Systemic Unfairness, and Futility: A Framework’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies.

Adams, A. Freedman, J. and Prassl, J. (2018) ‘Rethinking Legal Taxonomies for the Gig Economy’, Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

Adams, A. and Prassl, J. (2017) ‘Vexatious Claims: Challenging the Case for Employment Tribunal Fees’, Modern Law Review.



Adams, A., Clarke, D., Quinn, S. (2016), Microeconometrics with MATLAB: An Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Adams, A., Crawford, I. (2015). ‘Models of Revealed Preference’, in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioural Sciences (eds.) R. Scott and S. Kosslyn, Hobojenm NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

Adams, A., Prassl, J. (2015). ‘Labour Legislation and Evidence-Based Public Policy’, in New Frontiers in Empirical Labour Law (eds.)  A. Blackman and A. Ludlow, Oxford: Bloomsbury (Hart) Publishing.

Adams, A., Levell, P. (2014). Poverty and the Cost of Living, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Featured in The Guardian.

Adams, A., Hood, A., Levell, P. (2014). ‘The Squeeze on Incomes’, in The Green Budget 2014 (eds.) C. Emmersen, P. Johnson and H. Miller