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Orazio Attanasio

Orazio Attanasio

International Research Fellow

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 an International Research Fellow, working with colleagues at IFS on human capital in developing countries.

Orazio is a Professor at Yale, 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 was President of the European Economic Association in 2014, 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
Poor early childhood development in low- and middle-income countries is a major public health problem. Efficacy trials have shown the potential of early childhood development interventions but scaling up is costly and challenging. Guidance on effective interventions’ delivery is needed. In an ...
Journal article
Social connections are fundamental to human wellbeing. This paper examines the social networks of young married women in rural Odisha, India. This is a group for whom highly-gendered norms around marriage, mobility and work are likely to shape opportunities to form and maintain meaningful ties with ...

Working papers

IFS Working Paper W20/11
We examine changes in inequality in socio-emotional skills very early in life in two British cohorts born 30 years apart.
IFS Working Paper W20/3
We examine the channels through which a randomized early childhood intervention in Colombia led to significant gains in cognitive and socio-emotional skills among a sample of disavantaged children aged 12 to 24 months at baseline.

Presentations

Presentation
In April, the Vancouver School is Economics hosted a free public lecture, The Accumulation of Human Capital: Research and Policy Questions, presented by Professor Orazio Attanasio of the University College London.
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.