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Eva Schoenwald

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Eva is a senior researcher at the 'What Works Centre' for Children's social care.

Why did you choose to study economics?

I always liked maths but was also super interested in politics and social policy. When reading through available subjects I thought economics might be interesting and it turned out it was!

How would you describe economics?

To me, an important part of economics is trying to understand the underlying effect of interventions or changes on important outcomes to improve policies and to introduce more efficient programmes. For example, in my current work I look at whether providing designated safeguarding leads (specific teachers in schools) with supervision improves their wellbeing and improves outcomes for pupils at the schools. I think economics has a huge role to play in supporting evidence-based policy making.

If you had a time machine and could meet your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give them?

Do what you're interested in and don't be shy to take a risk! I didn't know when I chose economics whether I'd like it but I thought I might and I haven't regretted it since! Also if you can study abroad in your economics degree, do it! It's a great way to gain new experiences and perspectives.

What is your favourite part of economics?

That it's so relevant to a lot of things we see in everyday life - there's probably an econ paper about most things we come across, particularly all things politics.

Is there anything you would do differently if you had the chance?

Probably worry a bit less about the reputation of the universities I'd get accepted to for my Masters and more about which Masters would be the most interesting for me.

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