MSc(Rotterdam), MSc(York), PhD(Bristol)
My main research interests are in health economics and applied microeconometrics, with a particular focus on the economics of obesity, diet and nutrition. My research looks at both potential causes and consequences of the recent rise in body weight, as well as at evaluating ways to improve dietary choices.
I joined the University of York in 2011, and currently hold an MRC Early Career Fellowship in the Economics of Health (2011-2014). Prior to this, I held an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Imperial College London (2009-2011). I am a Research Associate at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO, 2009 –), at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS; 2013 –) and have held visiting positions at Bristol, Cornell, IFS, and VU University Amsterdam.
"School Meal Crowd Out in the 1980s", 2013, Journal of Health Economics, 32, 538-545.
"Child Height, Health and Human Capital: Evidence using Genetic Markers." European Economic Review, 2013, 57, 1-22. (with George Davey Smith, Debbie Lawlor, Carol Propper and Frank Windmeijer)
"Mendelian Randomization: The use of Genes in Instrumental Variable Analyses", 2011, Health Economics, 20(8):893-6 (with George Davey Smith, Debbie Lawlor, Carol Propper and Frank Windmeijer)
"Smarter Task Assignment or Greater Effort: What Makes a Difference In Team Performance?", 2010, The Economic Journal, 120(547), 968-989 (with Simon Burgess, Carol Propper, Marisa Ratto, and Emma Tominey)
"Maternal Employment and Overweight Children: Does Timing Matter?", 2008, Health Economics, 17(8), 889-906 [Winning paper, Student Paper Prize, 6th iHEA World Congress, July 2007]
Organiser, Departmental Seminars