Current Research


“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 2020-4. HCEO WP 2019-66, IZA DP 12397. Revised and resubmitted at Child Abuse and Neglect.

“Overweight and obesity at age 18 after pre-natal famine exposure”, with P. Ekamper, F. van Poppel, G. Bjiward and L.H. LumeyRevised and resubmitted at International Journal of Obesity.

Beyond Birthweight: The Origins of Human Capital” (with K. Godfrey, M. Hanson, H. Inskip, S. Crozier and C. Cooper), IFS WP 18-30, HCEO WP 2018-89, IZA DP 13296. Submitted.

“Health Effects of in Utero Exposure to the Dutch Hunger Winter”, with S. Poupakis, P. Ekamper, F. van Poppel, G. Bjiward and L.H. LumeyIn preparation for submission.

“(Growing) Up in Smoke? The impact of prenatal and postnatal maternal smoking on child development” (with S. Cattan and F. Salvati). In preparation for submission.

“Consequences of Health at Birth” (with E. Björkegren, A. Butikofer, M. Palme and K. Salvanes). Draft in preparation.

“Workforce quality in early intervention: Evidence from a large-scale home-visiting programme” (with S. Cattan and C. Farquharson). Winner of the 3rd prize for best paper at the Essen Health Conference 2018. Work in progress.


“The economic costs of child maltreatment in the UK” (with M. Melnychuk, S. Morris and E. Pizzo). NSPCC Research Report. Revise and resubmit at Health Economics.

“Influence of childhood socio-economic position and ability on mid-life cognitive function – evidence from three British birth cohorts” (with E. McElroy, M. Richards, E. Fitzsimons, G. Ploubidis, A. Sullivan and V. Moulton). Revised and resubmitted at Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

“Feasibility, Acceptability, and Initial Effects of the Quiet Time transcendental meditation program: Evidence from two school pilots” (with O. Doyle, P. Fearon and V. Oppedisano). PsyArXiv Preprint. Submitted. See here a short video of the pilot in the primary school in London.

“The Health Effects of Early Interventions: Evidence from Sure Start” (with S. Cattan, C. Farquharson and R. Ginja). IFS Report. Featured in The Conversation. Work in progress.

“The Biology of Child Development: DNA Experimental Evidence from Colombia” (with O. Attanasio, P. Jervis and C. Meghir). Work in progress.


“The Value of Health Insurance: A Household Job Search Approach” (with R. Ginja and R. Narita). IFS WP 18-20. IZA DP 11706. HCEO WP 2018-050. Most downloaded HCEO and IFS WP in the months of August and September 2018. Featured in the HCEO Research Spotlight. Winner of the 2nd prize at the Brazil Econometric Society 2017. Submitted.

“Effect of Access to Health Insurance on Utilization and Health Outcomes Among Households Above Poverty Level in India: A Randomized Controlled Trial” (with P. Holtzman, K. Imai, C. Kinnan, A. Malani, M. Miller, S. Swaminathan and A. Voena). Under submission.


(See COVID-19 tag for more material)

MedXRiV preprint “Inequality in access to health and care services during lockdown – Findings from the COVID-19 survey in five UK national longitudinal studies” (with C.-C. Topriceanu, A. Wong, J.C. Moon, A. Hughes, D. Bann, N. Chaturvedi, P. Patalay, and G. Captur). Submitted.

“Impact of lockdown on keyworkers – Findings from the COVID-19 survey in five UK national longitudinal studies” (with C.-C. Topriceanu, A. Wong, J.C. Moon, A. Hughes, D. Bann, N. Chaturvedi, P. Patalay, and G. Captur). Submitted.

“The impacts of COVID-19 on Health Visiting in England” (with A. Dow, brief now updated September 22). Work in progress.

“Parental involvement in home schooling and developmental play during lockdown” (with A. Villadsen and E. Fitzsimons, brief). Work in progress.

“Perceived Costs and Benefits of COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures and Compliance Behaviours” (with P. Giustinelli). Work in progress.