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19 November 2020: Gave a talk at the Health Economics Virtual Series (HEAL) at the University of Lancaster.

18 November 2020: Gave a seminar at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy).

06 November 2020: Had a great time giving a talk at the joint applied micro seminar of Cambridge and Essex!

06 November 2020: Check out this short video on our pilot of the Quiet Time Transcendental Meditation intervention in one primary school in London, in collaboration with the David Lynch Foundation.

03 November 2020: I felt really privileged to talk to 16-18 yo girls at the Notting Hill and Ealing High School on what a great tool economics is to study a variety of problems & improve society – w/ examples from my research on health & interventions to promote childhood (and adult) development.

30 October 2020: I chaired a session at the NORFACE conference on intergenerational mobility (organized by Kjell Salvanes), where my co-author Ella Johnson-Watts (IFS) presented our work on prenatal pollution shocks, fetal growth and child development.

29 October 2020: Delighted that my research on the COVID-19 effects of health visiting has been featured in the Guardian.

29 October 2020: I gave an invited talk on the covid-economics of child development and early interventions at the webinar series of the Union of European Neonatal and Perinatal Societies on COVID-19 and Global Health.

28 October 2020: I presented my paper on medium-term effects of nurse home visiting at the University of Surrey.

19 October 2020: My paper “Who Benefits From Free Health Insurance: Evidence from Mexico” has been accepted at the Journal of Human Resources!

16 October 2020: “The effects of home visiting on mother-child interactions: Evidence from a randomised trial using dynamic micro-level data” (with S. Poupakis, M. Sandner and S. Kliem). IFS WP 2020-4HCEO WP 2019-66IZA DP 12397 is “Revise and resubmit” at Child Abuse and Neglect.

29 September 2020: My research on health visiting has been featured in Yahoo Style UK. Updated brief of my research on health visiting also available.

22 September 2020: My research on health visiting has been featured with an interview in BBC Radio 4 File on 4 “Expecting alone” (I speak at 19:25).

22 September 2020: New paper out Building resilient societies after COVID-19 requires multifaceted investment targeting maternal, neonatal and child health (with C.M. Jacob, D.D. Briana, G.C. Di Renzo, N. Modi, F. Bustreo, A. Malamitsi-Puchner, and M. Hanson). In The Lancet Public Health.

15 September 2020: New preprint out Inequality in access to health and care services during lockdown – Findings from the COVID-19 survey in five UK national longitudinal studies“.

26 August 2020: “A guide to the cognitive measures in five British birth cohort studies” is available! A comprehensive guide to all the cognitive measures at different ages across the life course in 5 British birth cohorts (NSHD, NCDS, BCS70, ALSPAC, MCS).

30 July 2020: One more brief out! “Parental involvement in home schooling and developmental play during lockdown” (with A. Villadsen and E. Fitzsimons). Press Release. Covered in The Guardian, top story in the Guardian’s morning briefing, Daily Telegraph, INews, LBC News, Financial Times.

29 July 2020: Excited to share the first results of my study “The impacts of COVID-19 on Health Visiting in England”! Covered in UCL News, Nursery World with a comment by Russell Viner (RCPCH President), IHV News with a comment by Cheryll Adams (IHV Director), Local Government Chronicle, and Nursing Standard and Nursing Times, both with a reply by the Department for Health and Social Care; CYP Now, Nursery World again with an opinion piece by Russell Viner (RCPCH President).

13 July 2020: First results out of my study with Pamela Giustinelli (Bocconi University in Milan) on risk perceptions and compliance behaviour in the coronavirus pandemic (in Italian): women in Italy are more likely to comply with social distancing measures and have also a higher willingness to pay for tests; men are more likely to download and use the app “Immuni”.

11 July 2020: Happy to present at the interdisciplinary conference on coronavirus and childhood “Rainbows in our windows: Childhood in the time of corona”!

01 July 2020: Excited at my new appointment as Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Economics!

18 June 2020: Very happy that my new project with Pamela Giustinelli (Bocconi University) has been selected for the IHEA ASSA session on “Impact of COVID-19 information and policies on risk perceptions, preventive behaviors and pro-social behavior”. More on it soon!

15-17 June 2020: Excited to co-organize the Barcelona Summer Forum on “Children’s Health, Well-Being, and Human Capital Formation“, in virtual mode this year!

30 May 2020: NEW version of my paper “Beyond Birth Weight: The Origins of Human Capital“.

10 May 2020: Delighted to have been selected as one of the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute (OIGI) Visiting Scholars at the Minneapolis Fed for 2020-21!

07 May 2020: New podcast with UCL colleagues from Economics and Political Science “How will the covid change nations, economies and health systems”. Talked about the impact of the pandemic on health inequalities, parents and children, and the importance of early interventions and public health.

01 May 2020: New column out in VOXEU: “Supporting parents and children in the early years during (and after) the covid-19 crisis. Including the very first results of my work on health visiting in England!

30 March 2020: My new paper “Inequality in socio-emotional skills: A cross-cohort comparison” with O. Attanasio, R. Blundell and G. Mason is out in the Journal of Public Economics! We find that inequality in children’s socio-emotional skills (externalising and internalising) measured at age 5 has increased across two cohorts born 30 years apart (1970 and 2000). The paper has been covered in The Telegraph.

11 March 2020: here is my comment on the first post-Brexit budget (health) in The Conversation.

25 February 2020: my IFS report on the health effects of Sure Start is cited in the “Marmot Review 10 years on”.

20 February 2020: delighted to have presented my paper “Medium-term impacts of prenatal and infancy home visiting programs: evidence from a randomized trial” at the Department of Economics seminar at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Louvain-la-Neuve.

15 February 2020: our report on the health impacts of Sure Start children’s centres has been cited in the Mirror: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/voice-mirror-sure-start-centre-21506217 and https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tories-closed-1300-family-centres-21506487 “Better that Sure Starts catch ­problems early than for them to fester and cost the NHS an extra £5million a year”.

06 February 2020: our report on the health impacts of Sure Start children’s centres has been cited in this excellent opinion piece by Alice O’Keeffe in the Guardian.

26 December 2019: the impact of Sure Start children’s centres between 2000 and 2010 has been voted #4 public health achievement of the decade! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/23/smoking-ban-tops-list-of-21st-century-uk-public-health-achievements

20 November 2019: my two papers on the long-term impacts of the Nurse Family Partnership on children and mothers are out in Pediatrics!

18 November 2019: Honoured to be part of the FYIR UK delegation to provide evidence and advice on early years policy to the French “Commission des 1000 premiers jours de l’enfant” in support of the new Macron initiative at the Ministry of Solidarity and Health in Paris.

23 October 2019: Honoured to deliver the Nick Hales Award Lecture “The Economics of the Developmental Origins of Health and the Lifecourse Impacts of Early Interventions” and to receive the prize at the DOHaD World Congress in Melbourne.

20 October 2019: I participated to the NIH-funded Reversibility Workshop at the DOHaD World Congress in Melbourne with the talk “Pathways Linking Early Adversity
to Later Life Health and their Econometric Implications”.

18 October 2019: I presented the paper “(Growing) Up in Smoke? Pre- and Post-Natal Smoking and Child Development” (with S. Cattan and F. Salvati) in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne.

15 October 2019: I presented an overview of my research “The Economics of the Developmental Origins of Health and the Lifelong Impacts of Early Interventions” at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research at Western Sydney University.

14 October 2019: Honoured and excited at being awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Economics!

14 October 2019: I had a great time visiting the University of Sidney and presenting the paper “(Growing) Up in Smoke? Pre- and Post-Natal Smoking and Child Development” (with S. Cattan and F. Salvati).

3 October 2019: I have been very excited to present the very first results of my work with O. Attanasio, P. Jervis and C. Meghir “The Biology of Child Development: DNA Experimental Evidence from Colombia” at the 10th annual Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences (IGSS) conference in Boulder (CO).

10 September 2019: I was honoured to present on the “Economics of Early Interventions” at the annual conference of the Institute of Health Visiting, in front of many inspirational health visitors and public health practitioners.

July 2019: I have received £3.5k seed funding from the UCL “Cities Partnerships Programme: Rome Funds” for the project “The impact of maternal labor protection on pregnancy outcomes and infant health”, in collaboration with V. Atella and J. Kopinska (U. of Tor Vergata) and M. Lindeboom (U. of Amsterdam).

June 2019: I am delighted to have been nominated “Invited Researcher” for JPAL-LAC!

June 2019: I am honoured to have been awarded the Nick Hales Award by the DOHaD society for my work! This is awarded every two years to “a young and emerging investigator who has made an outstanding scientific contribution to the DOHaD field”. I am looking forward to give a plenary talk at the DOHaD World Congress in Melbourne in October

04 June 2019: My work with Sarah Cattan (IFS), Christine Farquahrson (IFS) and Rita Ginja (Bergen U) on the health effects of Sure Start is out! https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/14139

31 May 2019: New paper out in the Lancet! “Preconception health in England: a proposal for annual reporting with core metrics” with J. Stephenson, C. Vogel, J. Hall et al.

27 May 2019: I gave the keynote on “The Developmental Origins of Health Inequality” at workshop “The social gradient in human capital formation”, University of Uppsala and IFAU.

27 February 2019: I presented my research on “The Long-Term Effects of Early Interventions” at the APPG 1001 Days in Westminster.

13 February 2019: I have given a talk on “The Health Economics of Early Interventions” at the UCL Health Economics for Translational Research event.

6 February 2019: I gave a seminar at the University of Strathclyde on the paper “Health Effects of In Utero Exposure to the Dutch Hunger Winter”.

February 2019: I have received 2k seed funding from the UCL SHS Dean “Seeding and Harvesting Research Fund” for my project pilot on “Subjective Health Returns to Lifestyles”, in collaboration with P. Giustinelli (Bocconi).

21 January 2019: I presented my research on “The Long-Term Effects of Early Interventions” at the FYIR meeting in Westminster.

6 January 2019: I presented my paper “The Value of Health Insurance: A Household Job Search Approach” at the ASSA meetings (IHEA session) in Atlanta.

January 2019: I have received £5k seed funding from the UCL “Cities Partnerships Programme: Rome Funds” for the project “Policy Options to Reduce the Burden of Disease in England: A Dynamic Microsimulation Model”, in collaboration with V. Atella and A. Mortari (U. of Tor Vergata).

29 November 2018: I have been awarded a 5-year ERC Consolidator Grant for my project “The Developmental Origins of Health: Biology, Shocks, Investments, and Policies“.

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.

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”.