Warn N.  Lekfuangfu

Associate Professor
Human Capital,Behavioural and Experimental Economics, Development Economics
+34 91 624 8667 Office: 15.1.57
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My research fields are Labour Economics, Development, Behavioural Economics. I focus on applying tools from micro-econometrics to address the questions on the causes and consequences of social and economic inequality - especially on the topics of early childhood inequality, subjective expectations and wellbeing. I incorporate approaches of behavioural economics and empirical techniques in experimental designs to better address these issues.

I received my PhD in Economics at University College London in 2015, and an MSc. Global Market Economics at the London School of Economics. I hold a BA in Politics and Economics from the University of York.

I am also an associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (LSE), the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Economics (CBEE) at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and an external fellow at CReAM (UCL). From December 2019, I will serve as an Executive Board Member for the Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE).

Main Publications

Lekfuangfu, W. with Flèche, S. and Clark, E. "The Long-lasting effects of family and childhood on adult wellbeing: evidence from British Cohort Data" Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, forthcoming.

Lekfuangfu, W. with Brodeur, A., and Zylberberg, Y. "War, Migration and the Origins of the Thai Sex Industry"Journal of European Economic Association, 2018

Lekfuangfu, W. with Powdthavee, N., Cornaglia, F., and Warrinnier, N., "Locus of Control and Its Intergenerational Implications for Early Childhood Skill Formation" Economic Journal, 2018.

Lekfuangfu, W. with Powdthavee, N., and Wooden, M., "What's the good of education on our overall quality of life?  A simultaneous equation model of education and life satisfaction for Australia"  Journal of Behavioural and Experimental Economics, 54, 10-21, 2015.

Recent Research

Lekfuangfu, W. with Powdthavee, N., Knetsch, J, and Riyanto, Y. "Veil of Ignorance, Deservingness and Inheritance: Lessons for intergenerational transmission"
Lekfuangfu, W.  with Ginzburg, B. and Guerra, J. "Counting on My Vote Not Counting: Expressive Voting in Committees"
Lekfuangfu, W.  with Chaiwat, T., and Chantarat, S. "Hidden wealth: asset holdings and land acquisition strategies of political households," 2019
Lekfuangfu, W.  with Odermatt, R. "All I have to do is dream? The role of aspirations of children, parents and teachers for intergenerational mobility", 2018
Lekfuangfu, W.  with Lordan, G. "Cross cohort evidence on gendered sorting patterns in the UK: the importance of societal movements versus childhood variables", (IZA Discussion Paper No. 11872), 2018


Applied Economics (Undergraduate)