Research Officer, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics
Tahnee Ooms is Research Officer at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics. Her research team looks at issues related to Wealth, Elites and Tax Justice. Her research focuses on how capital incomes feed back into rising overall income and wealth inequality, with a specific focus on the measurement of economic inequality using quantitative methods. Her research empirically shows that, at present, billions of pounds are falling out of the UK inequality indicators. A key contribution of her work has been to propose a methodology correcting for the underestimation of capital incomes in UK inequality statistics. She introduces the idea that what is not captured by our indicators structurally falls out of the policy debates. She is currently working on (1) identifying more precisely the channels through which income falls out of the inequality indicators (2) quantifying the effect of these ‘missing incomes’ on inequality indicators and (3) highlighting the implications for policy.
Key areas of research include economic inequality, inequality measurement, social indicators, harmonisation of household surveys and tax administrative data and understanding the relationship between capital incomes and inequality. In particular the impact of taxation, tax shifting and tax avoidance/evasion on inequality measurement.
She has completed her doctoral research at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research has been carried out as part of the Employment, Equity and Growth project led by Prof Brian Nolan at INET Oxford. During the DPhil she coordinated the Inequality Working Group (IWG) through the INET Young Scholars Initiative. The working group promotes and facilitates student research in inequality connecting +1.000 inequality scholars across the globe. Furthermore, she has worked as an economist at the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis as part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and held Research Assistant positions at the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam.