Tahnee Ooms

Doctoral Student

Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

Tahnee Ooms


Tahnee Ooms is a doctoral student at INET Oxford. Her doctoral research focusses on the role of capital incomes in driving overall inequality in the U.K. Her research teases out the mechanisms through which capital incomes feed back into rising overall income and wealth inequality. Her research is shaped in such a way as to be of practical use to policy. Her work is funded through the EEG programme, a partnership between INET-Oxford, the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, and the Resolution Foundation. She is also a member of Green Templeton College.

Her main side interest is investigating how to synthesise inequality research both within economics and between economics and other disciplines. She has been involved with the design and structure of educational content related to inequality both in the online and academic space. She has acted as consultant on this topic for the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics (III-LSE) and the Institute for New Economic Thinking in New York. In addition, she has been involved in the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health. Where she carried out work in the area of climate change and its impact on human health and well-being.

Prior to her PhD program, she worked as an economist at the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, focusing primarily on labour and education policy. During her studies she worked as RA at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Collaborating on the Growing Inequalities’ Impacts (Gini project) at the EU 7th Framework Programme, she researched the topics of income and wealth inequality for the Netherlands and international comparison. She has also held a RA position at the Department Development Economics at VU University.

Research interests include income and wealth inequality, functional distribution of income, economic and social policy, combination of household survey and tax administrative records, and synthesis in inequality research.

In addition, she is coordinator of the INET Young Scholars Initiative Inequality Working Group (IWG). The objective of IWG is to promote and facilitate student research on inequality across the globe. The working group has +1.000 active members worldwide. It connects students across the globe through webinars and face-to-face events, see www.theiwg.org