Professor Cheti Nicoletti



Cheti Nicoletti (BSc Padova, MA Louvain-la-Neuve, PhD Florence) has been a Professor of Economics and the director of the Applied Micro-Econometrics (AME) cluster in the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York since 2012 and Research Student Director since 2014.

Previously she has worked for ten years at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, where she continues to be a Research Associate. She is also an IZA (Institute for Study of Labor) Research Fellow and a research associate of CHILD-Collegio Carlo Alberto (Torino).  

Her current research is partly funded by the ESRC-funded Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) based in ISER, which has recently began the new 2014-2019 programme  “Understanding individual and family behaviours in a new era of uncertainty and change”.

The output from her work has been published in journal articles in leading peer-reviewed international journals, including the Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and Journal of Applied Econometrics. Her most recent work includes a series of papers on inequality in pupil’s educational attainments, on the effect of school and parental investments on children’s cognitive development and on wage inequalities for disable and ethnic minorities. She has also contributed to the econometric literature on missing data and survival models, and she has expertise in quantile regression and estimation methods for causal inference.



Departmental roles

Departmental roles

  • Cluster Leader, Applied Microeconometrics
  • Performance Reviewer
  • Director of Research Students
  • Departmental Research Committee (ex officio Director of Research Students)
  • Research Progress Committee (ex officio Director of Research Students)
  • PhD Studentship Selection Panel



My main areas of research are applied micro-econometrics, family economics and education with special interests in intergenerational mobility, child’s health and educational outcomes, peer effects, wage and income inequalities, fertility and happiness. I have an extensive experience in working with longitudinal surveys and administrative data and expertise in the following econometric methods and issues: survival analysis, quantile regression, nonlinear models, endogeneity problems, sample selection issues and measurement errors.


  • School inputs and skills: Complementarity and self-productivity,  (joint with Rabe)
  • The effect of mothers’ peers on employment decisions and health behaviour around child birth (joint with Tominey and Salvanes)
  • The intergenerational transmission of liberal professions: nepotism versus abilities (joint with Aina)
  • Sibling spillover effects in test scores (joint with and Rabe)
  • The effect of quality time that mothers spend with their children and that children spend on their own on cognitive development during adolescence (joint with Del Boca and Monfardini)

Research group(s)


  • Nicoletti’s current research is partly funded by the ESRC-funded Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) based in ISER (Research Programme 2014-2019).
  • “Sibling spillover effects in education”, funded by MISOC-ESRC Centre on Micro-Social Changes (with Birgitta Rabe).
  • Nuffield Foundation Research grant “The Effects of School Inputs on Educational Achievements” (with Birgitta Rabe, £18,064, 2011-12).
  • “Study of the Role of Information Advice and Guidance in Young People’s Education and Career Choices”, commissioned by DSCF (with Richard Berthoud), £ 34.8K, 2009-2010.
  • DCSF framework agreement, “Contract for Longitudinal Studies of Young People in England and Youth Cohort Study Analysis”, (with Richard Berthoud and others), 2009-2011.
  • “Decomposing Pay Gaps by Ethno-Religious groups and by Disability at the Means and Across the Wage Distribution”, financed by the National Equalities Panel (with Lucinda Platt and Simonetta Longhi), 10.5K, 2009.
  • The British Academy Conference Grant, academic year 2005-2006 and 2007-2008.
  • “Intergenerational Mobility in Britain: Does Sample Selection Matter?”, ESRC research grant (RES-000-23-0185), £ 73,334 over 25 months 2003-2005 (with Marco Francesconi and John Ermisch).


I would be happy to supervise dissertations in applied micro-econometrics and especially on family economics, labour economics, education, child outcomes, inequalities, intergenerational mobility, health economics, peer effects, sample selection issues and measurement errors. Potential examples of topics are:

  • Child’s health and educational outcomes
  • School peer effects
  • Evaluation of the effect of policy interventions (e.g. smoking bans, education maintenance allowance, etc.)
  • The gender or ethnic gap in wages (housework, labour participation, or university choices, or occupational choices)
  • Intergenerational transmission of socio-economic outcomes (or health behaviours or personality traits).
  • Socioeconomic background and school achievements
  • Assortative matching: similarities between spouses’ characteristics
  • Determinants of satisfaction with job, income, house, etc.

Familiarity with basic estimation techniques using Stata and experience in working with sample surveys will be desirable.


Selected publications

Full details of publications can be found at RePEc

Nandi A., and Nicoletti C. (2014) Explaining personality pay gaps in the UK, Applied Economics, 46 (26): 3131-3150.

Longhi S., Nicoletti C., and Platt L. (2013) Explained and unexplained wage gaps across the main ethno-religious groups in Great Britain, Oxford Economic Papers, 80, 197–218.

Nicoletti C., and Rabe B. (2013) Inequality in pupils' educational attainment: How much do family, sibling type and neighbourhood matter? Economica, 80, 318, 197-218.

Nicoletti C., and Best N.G. (2012) Quantile regression with aggregated data, Economics Letters, 117, 2, 401-404.

Longhi S., Nicoletti C., and Platt L., (2012) Interpreting wage gaps of disabled men: The roles of productivity and of discrimination, Southern Economic Journal, 78, 3, 931–939.

Nicoletti C., Peracchi F., and Foliano F. (2011) Estimation of income poverty in the presence of measurement errors and missing data problems, Journal of Business Economics and Statistics, 29, 1, 61-72.

Nicoletti C., and Rondinelli V. (2010) The (mis)specification of discrete time duration models with unobserved heterogeneity, Journal of Econometrics, 159, 1, 1-13.

Nicoletti C. (2010) Poverty analysis with missing data: Alternative estimators compared, Empirical Economics, 38, 1, 1-22.

Nicoletti C., Tanturri M.L. (2008) Differences in delaying motherhood across European countries: Empirical evidence from the ECHP, European Journal of Population, 24, 2, 157-183.

Nicoletti C., and Ermisch J. (2007) Intergenerational earnings mobility: Changes across cohorts in Britain, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Contributions, 7, 2, 1-36.

Francesconi M., and Nicoletti C. (2006) Intergenerational mobility and sample selection in short panels, Journal of Applied Econometrics, 21, 1265-1293.

Nicoletti C., and Peracchi F. (2006) The effects of income imputation on microanalyses: evidence from the European Community Household Panel, Journal of Royal Statistical Society A, 169, 3, 625-1271.

Nicoletti C. (2006) Non-response in dynamic panel data model, Journal of Econometrics, 132, 2, 461-489.

Nicoletti C., and Peracchi F. (2005) Survey response and survey characteristics: microlevel evidence from the European Community Household Panel, Journal of Royal Statistical Society A, 168, 4, 1-19.



  • MSc Project
  • Statistics and Econometrics
  • Applied Microeconometrics

External activities


  • Research associate of CHILD-Collegio Carlo Alberto (Torino).
  • Research associate of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex.
  • IZA (Institute for Study of Labor) Research Fellow
  • Member of the European Economic Association.
  • Member of the Econometric Society.
  • Member of the Royal Economic Society

Invited talks and conferences

  • Seminar in Economics Series, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, April 2014
  • Labour and Public Policy Seminar, Department of Economics and Business, University of Aarhus, March 2014
  • IX Workshop in Public Policy Design: Income Dynamics and Intergenerational Mobility, Girona, June 2013
  • Seminar Series Department of Economics, University of Girona, August 2012
  • Seminar presentation at the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF), Rome, June 2012
  • Institute of Education, Research Seminar, London, April 2010
  • CASE Welfare Policy and Analysis Seminars, London, October 2009
  • The Royal Statistical Society, Joint meeting of the General Applications Section, Missing data (invited talk), Glasgow, May 2008
  • Research Methods Festival, Oxford, July 2006 and 2008
  • DTI Annual Labour Market Research Conference, New Perspective on Job Satisfaction and Well-Being (invited presentation), London, December 2006
  • LoWER workshop on “Mobility” (invited presentation), Université de Savoie, Annecy, December 2006

cheti nicoletti


Cheti Nicoletti
Department of Economics
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