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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 | PLoS Medicine
Poor early childhood development (ECD) in low- and middle-income countries is a major concern. There are calls to universalise access to ECD interventions through integrating them into existing government services but little evidence on the medium- or long-term effects of such scalable models.
Journal article | New directions for child and adolescent development
The relationship between early adversity and numerous negative outcomes across the lifespan is evident in a wide range of societies and cultures (e.g., Pakulak, Stevens, & Neville, 2018). Among the most affected neural systems are those supporting attention, self-regulation, and stress regulation.

Working papers

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 ...
Working Paper
We derive testable implications of model in which first best allocations are not achieved because of a moral hazard problem with hidden saving.

Presentations

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.
Presentation
This presentation was delivered at a workshop hosted by the World Bank Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund. The workshop, which took place in Washington, D.C., was entitled, "Early childhood development and nutrition measurement".
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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 ...
Briefing note
Salifu Amadu, Orazio Attanasio, Bet Caeyers, Lina Cardona Sosa, Sarah Cattan, Sonya Krutikova, Peter Leighton, Lise Masselus and Mubarik Yakubu
High quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) are critical to children’s development and their success in adult life. Ghana has shown substantial commitment to improving ECCE, with one of the highest pre-school enrolment rates in Sub Saharan Africa. However despite this, significant ...
Report
Salifu Amadu, Orazio Attanasio, Bet Caeyers, Sarah Cattan, Lina Cardona Sosa, Sonya Krutikova, Peter Leighton, Lise Masselus and Mubarik Yakubu
This report presents a detailed overview of the baseline data collection activities as part of the project "Improving early childhood development in rural Ghana through scalable low-cost community-run play schemes''. The project is collaboration between The Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK), Lively ...
Journal article | PLoS Medicine
Alison Andrew, Orazio Attanasio, Emla Fitzsimons, Sally Grantham-McGregor, Costas Meghir and Marta Rubio Codina
Poor early childhood development (ECD) in low- and middle-income countries is a major concern. There are calls to universalise access to ECD interventions through integrating them into existing government services but little evidence on the medium- or long-term effects of such scalable models.
Newspaper article
In a recent Guardian column, Elliot reproduced some classic misconceptions about what economists actually do.
Working Paper
We derive testable implications of model in which first best allocations are not achieved because of a moral hazard problem with hidden saving.
Journal article | New directions for child and adolescent development
The relationship between early adversity and numerous negative outcomes across the lifespan is evident in a wide range of societies and cultures (e.g., Pakulak, Stevens, & Neville, 2018). Among the most affected neural systems are those supporting attention, self-regulation, and stress regulation.
Journal article | Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
Orazio Attanasio and Katja M. Kaufmann
In this paper we analyze the role of expected labor and marriage market returns as determinants of the college enrollment decisions of Mexican high school graduates. Moreover, we investigate whether the (relative) weights of these factors differ by gender. We use data on individuals’ expectations ...
IFS Working Paper W17/06
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. We estimate the determinants of material and time investments in ...
Journal article | Review of Economic Dynamics
Orazio Attanasio, Costas Meghir, Emily Nix and Francesca Salvati
In this paper we use high quality data from two developing countries, Ethiopia and Peru, to estimate the production functions of human capital from age 1 to age 15.