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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
Global access to preschool has increased dramatically yet preschool quality is often poor.
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.

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.
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Journal article
Global access to preschool has increased dramatically yet preschool quality is often poor.
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.
Report
Angus Armstrong, Orazio Attanasio, Sarah Cattan, Christine Farquharson, Emla Fitzsimons, Elaine Fulton and Sally Grantham-McGregor
We have established a new partnership between academics, local government and early years practitioners to develop, implement and evaluate a home-visiting programme for parents with very young children in England. In this feasibility study, we research local priorities and existing services to ...
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 ...
Newspaper article
Orazio Attanasio, Peter Levell, Hamish Low and Virginia Sanchez-Marcos
Economists disagree on the size of labour supply elasticities. The column uses a model of female labour supply to show that there is substantial heterogeneity in both cross section and over the business cycle. It is not possible to think about labour supply elasticity as a unique structural ...
IFS Working Paper W18/22
We examine changes in inequality in socio-emotional skills very early in life in two British cohorts born 30 years apart. We construct socio-emotional scales comparable across cohorts for both boys and girls, using two validated instruments for the measurement of child behaviour.
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.
IFS Working Paper W18/18
We examine the channels through which a randomized early childhood intervention in Colombia led to signi cant gains in cognitive and socio-emotional skills among a sample of disadvantaged children aged 12 to 24 months at baseline.
IFS Working Paper W18/17
Orazio Attanasio, Costas Meghir and Corina Mommaerts
We investigate partial insurance and group risk sharing in extended family networks.
Cemmap Working Paper CWP33/18
This paper studies the differential effect of targeting cash transfers to men or women on the structure of household expenditures on non-durables. We study a policy intervention in the Republic of Macedonia, offering cash transfers to poor households, conditional on having their children attending ...