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Orazio Attanasio

Orazio Attanasio

Research Director

Education

PhD Economics, London School of Economics, 1988

MSc Economics, London School of Economics, 1984

Laurea in Statistical and Economic Sciences (Summa Cum Laude), University of Bologna, 1982

Orazio is Research Director of IFS, Co-Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) and co-directs the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo). He also works in the consumption sector.

 

Orazio is a Professor at University College London, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Senior Fellow at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic and Policy Research. In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the Econometric Society and in 2004 Fellow of the British Academy. He is currently President of the European Economic Association, and is a member of the Council of the Royal Economic Society.

 

After obtaining his PhD at the London School of Economics, Orazio taught at Stanford University and the University of Bologna. He was also a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford and visiting professor at the University of Chicago. He has  been Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of the European Economic Association and Quantitative Economics

 

His current research interests focus principally on development economics, household consumption and saving behaviour, risk sharing and inequality.

Journal articles

Journal article | Early Childhood Research Quarterly
Journal article published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly on Colombia study on the impact of childcare centres and home-based childcare on child cognitive and socio-emotional development.
Journal article | The Economic Journal
This article uses a novel identification strategy to measure power in the household. Our strategy is to elicit women's willingness to pay to receive a cash transfer instead of their spouse receiving it.

Working papers

IFS Working Paper WP19/23
Global access to preschool has increased dramatically yet preschool quality is often poor. We use a randomized controlled trial to evaluate two approaches to improving the quality of Colombian preschools.
IFS Working Paper W19/06
Many children in developing countries grow up in unstimulating environments, leading to deficiencies in early years’ developmental outcomes, particularly cognition and language. Interventions to improve parenting in the first 3 years of life have a clear impact on these outcomes, but the ...

Presentations

Presentation
In April, the Vancouver School is Economics hosted a free public lecture, The Accumulation of Human Capital: Research and Policy Questions, presented by Professor Orazio Attanasio of the University College London.
Presentation
This presentation was delivered at "Improving productivity in developing countries: identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to productive investments and technology adoption" on 8 and 9 July 2015.