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Gabriella Conti

Gabriella Conti

Research Fellow


PhD in Economics, University of Essex, U.K., 2008
Research Doctorate in Economics, University of Napoli "Federico II", Italy, 2004
MSc in Economics, University of Essex, U.K., 2003
Diploma in Economics, University of Essex, U.K., 2002
Laurea (BSc) in Law, University of Napoli "Federico II", Italy, 1999


Gabriella Conti is an Associate Professor in Economics in the Department of Economics and in the Department of Social Science at University College London; co-Investigator of the National Child Development Study (1958 British Birth Cohort); and Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and at IZA Bonn. She was a visiting fellow at Princeton University's Center for Health and Wellbeing, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Her research draws on both the biomedical and the social sciences with the aim of understanding the developmental origins of health inequalities, and the behavioral and biological pathways through which early life conditions affect well-being throughout the lifecourse. She has published in prestigious journals in different disciplines, such as Science, PNAS, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Econometrics and Lancet. Her research has been supported among others by the NIH, H2020, Nuffield Foundation, Health Foundation, British Academy. She has recently been awarded a 5-year ERC Consolidator Award for her project "The Developmental Origins of Health: Biology, Shocks, Investments, and Policies".

Gabriella holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex. Prior to joining UCL, she was a Post-Doctoral Scholar and then an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. At IFS, she works with researchers both in EDePo and EdSkills on the evaluation of interventions to promote child development in both developed and developing countries.


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IFS Working Paper W20/4
Gabriella Conti, Stavros Poupakis, Malte Sandner and Sören Kliem
Home visiting programs constitute an important policy to support vulnerable families with young children. They mainly aim to improve infant-parent relationships, however evidence on their effectiveness based on observational measures is relatively scarce.
IFS Working Paper W19/17
Gabriella Conti, Giacomo Mason and Stavros Poupakis
Building on early animal studies, 20th-century researchers increasingly explored the fact that early events – ranging from conception to childhood – affect a child’s health trajectory in the long-term. By the 21st century, a wide body of research had emerged, incorporating the original ...
Newspaper article
Our research looks at the impacts that Sure Start had on children’s health during their primary school years from its start in 1999 and its peak in the late 2000s.
Christine Farquharson, Gabriella Conti and Naomi Eisenstadt
Videos and slides from the launch of the new IFS report, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, into the overall impacts on health of the Sure Start programme.
From lagging well behind most European countries in the early 1990s, the UK is now one of the highest spenders on the under-5s in Europe (OECD, 2014). One of the biggest programmes for this age group is Sure Start. It offers families with children under the age of 5 a ‘one-stop shop’ for ...
Press release
Press release circulated for report on the health impacts of Sure Start (IFS R155)
IFS Working Paper W18/30
Gabriella Conti, Mark Hanson, Hazel M. Inskip, Sarah Crozier, Cyrus Cooper and Keith Godfrey
Birth weight is the most widely used indicator of neonatal health. It has been consistently shown to relate to a variety of outcomes throughout the life cycle. Lower birth weight babies have worse health and cognition from childhood, lower educational attainment, wages, and longevity. But what's in ...
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.
IFS Working Paper W18/20
Gabriella Conti, Rita Ginja and Renata Narita
Do households value access to free health insurance when making labor supply decisions? We answer this question using the introduction of universal health insurance in Mexico, the Seguro Popular (SP), in 2002.
Preliminary study estimating the lifetime costs of child abuse and neglect.