Professor Cheti Nicoletti

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Cheti Nicoletti (BSc Padova, MA Louvain-la-Neuve, PhD Florence) is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of York. She is also the Leader of the Applied Micro-Econometrics Cluster within the Department, (AME)

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.





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.

For more information see my CV


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

Von Hinke, S., Leckie, G., Nicoletti, C. (2019) The use of instrumental variables in peer effects models, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, in press.

Nicoletti, C., Rabe, B. (2019) Sibling spillover effects in school achievement, Journal of Applied Econometrics, in press.

Nicoletti C., Salvanes K., E. Tominey (2018), The family peer effect on mothers’ labour supply, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 10(3): 206–234

Nicoletti, C., Tominey, E., Salvanes, K. (2018) Response of parental investments to child's health endowment at birth, in Baltagi, B. & Moscone, F. (eds.) Health Econometrics in Contributions to Economic Analysis. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Aina, C., Nicoletti C., (2018), The intergenerational transmission of liberal professions, Labour Economics, 51(C):108–120.

Nicoletti, C., Rabe, B. (2018) The effect of school spending on student achievement: addressing biases in value-added models, Journal of Royal Economic Society Series A, 181(2):  487–515.

Del Boca, D., Monfardini C. Nicoletti C. (2017) Self-investments of adolescents and their cognitive development, Journal of Labor Economics, 35 (2): 565-608.

Auspurg, K., Iacovou, M., Nicoletti, C.  (2017) Housework share between partners: experimental evidence on gender identity, Social Science Research, 66: 118-139.

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.



  • Statistics and Econometrics
  • Applied Microeconometrics

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Cheti Nicoletti
Department of Economics
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