Current Research*


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

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

“(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.

“Home Visiting and Mother-Child Interactions: Evidence from the Pro Kind” (with S. Poupakis and M. Sandner), in preparation for submission.

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

“The Developmental Origins of Health Inequality” (with G. Mason and S. Poupakis), in preparation for the Oxford Handbook of Economics and Finance  and the Oxford Handbook of Health Economics, OUP.

“Early Intervention and Health across the Lifecourse”, in preparation for the Nordic Journal of Health Economics.

“The Economics of Prevention in Early Childhood”, Chapter in preparation for the book Community Public Health in Policy and Practice, S. Cowley and K. Whittaker eds.


“Inequality in socio-emotional skills: A cross-cohort comparison” (with O. Attanasio, R. Blundell and G. Mason). IFS WP 18-22 and HCEO WP 2018-071. Most downloaded HCEO WP in October 2018. Submitted.

“The economic costs of child maltreatment in the UK” (with M. Melnychuk, S. Morris and E. Pizzo). NSPCC Research Report. In preparation for submission.

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

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

“Human Capital Development: Multi-Dimensionality and Aggregation” (with S. Poupakis and S. Pudney). Work in progress.


“Boosting positive development in adolescence: a pilot study on meditation in school” (with F. Cornaglia, D. Parsons, P. Fearon, V. Oppedisano and I. Rasul). Fieldwork in progress.

“Fostering inmates’ well-being and mental health through meditation: a prison pilot” (with F. Cornaglia, J. Jackson, D. Parsons, V. Oppedisano and I. Rasul). Fieldwork in progress.


“Who Benefits from Free Health Insurance? Evidence from Mexico” (with R. Ginja). Institute for Fiscal Studies WP 17-26. R&R at the Journal of Human Resources.

“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.

“The Value of Health Insurance: A Field Experiment in India” (with K. Imai, C. Kinnan, A. Malani and A. Voena). Work in progress. Endline fieldwork in progress.

*Excluding papers submitted to medical journals.