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November 2018: NEW WORKING PAPER “BEYOND BIRTH WEIGHT: THE ORIGINS OF HUMAN CAPITAL” with M. Hanson, S. Crozier, H. Inksip, C. Cooper and K. Godfrey. What’s in birth weight? Which aspects of the prenatal environment it reflects? What can we learn from fetal ultrasound data on prenatal development?

November 2018: my paper “The value of health insurance: a household job search approach” (with R. Ginja and R. Narita) has been featured in the HCEO Research Spotlight.

November 2018: my new working paper “Inequality in socio-emotional skills: a cross-cohort comparison” (with O. Attanasio, R. Blundell and G. Mason) is the most downloaded HCEO working paper in October 2018!

October 2018: I have been awarded a NIA/NIH grant to calculate polygenic scores for health and socio-economic outcomes using the genome-wide data available in the National Child Development Study and investigate the role of genes and their interactions with environments across the life course. There will be soon an opening for a 1-year postdoctoral position!

October 2018: new working paper “Inequality in socio-emotional skills: a cross-cohort comparison” (with O. Attanasio, R. Blundell and G. Mason). We find an increase in inequality in socio-emotional skills of 5-year old children born in 1970 and in 2000 in Britain, especially for the boys.

October 2018: my new working paper “The value of health insurance: a household job search approach” (with R. Ginja and R. Narita) is the most downloaded HCEO WP and the most downloaded IFS WP also in September 2018.

24 September 2018: I have presented the paper “Workforce quality in early intervention: Evidence from a large-scale home-visiting programme” at NYU Abu Dhabi.

21 September 2018: I have presented the paper “The value of health insurance: a household job search approach” at the CEPR/IZA Annual Labor Economics Workshop at Sciences Po, Paris.

September 2018: I have been awarded a Research Grant by the Economic and Social Research Council to digitize for the first time detailed data that was collected from teachers in the National Child Development Study (at age 7 in 1965, and at age 11 in 1969) on childhood behaviours, from the Bristol Social Adjustment Guide (BSAG) (co-PI with A. Goodman). This will make the NCDS the largest and oldest representative cohort with information on child mental health and socio-emotional traits.

Sample teacher essay from the NCDS

11 September 2018: I have presented the paper “Workforce quality in early intervention: Evidence from a large-scale home-visiting programme” at the 3rd York Workshop of Labour and Family Economics (WOLFE).

September 2018: my new working paper “The value of health insurance: a household job search approach” (with R. Ginja and R. Narita) is the most downloaded HCEO WP in August 2018.

September 2018: I have been awarded a Small Research Grant from BA/Leverhulme Trust for the project “Fostering inmates’ well-being and mental health through meditation: a prison pilot” (PI F. Cornaglia, co-Is I. Rasul, V. Oppedisano, J. Jackson and D. Parsons).

06 September 2018: I have delivered an invited plenary talk at the XXVI European Congress of Perinatal Medicine in St. Petersburg on “Costs and Benefits of Pregnancy Interventions”.

23 August 2018: I have delivered the closing keynote lecture at the Nordic Health Economics Study Group (NHESG) in Tromso on “Early Intervention and Health across the Life Course”.

July 2018: I have been awarded a Small Grant from UCL Grand Challenges for the project “Boosting positive development in adolescence: a pilot study on meditation in school”.