I am an Associate Professor in Economics in the Department of Economics and in the Department of Social Science at University College London; co-Investigator of the National Child Development Study (1958 British Birth Cohort); and Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
My research areas of interest are health economics, the economics of human development, and biology and economics. My research draws on both the biomedical and the social sciences with the aim of understanding the developmental origins of health inequalities, and the behavioral and biological pathways through which early life shocks and policies affect well-being throughout the lifecourse. I have published on this topic in prestigious journals in different disciplines, such as Science, PNAS, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Econometrics and Lancet. My research has been supported by the NIH, H2020, Nuffield Foundation, Health Foundation, British Academy.
I am currently working on several projects on the effects of early life interventions, starting both in the prenatal and in the postnatal period, on maternal and child well-being, on the mechanisms through which they work, and on their interactions with genetic endowments; and on the effects of health insurance on health and labour market outcomes in developing countries.
I hold a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex. Prior to joining UCL, I was a Post-Doctoral Scholar and then an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago.
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