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Marcos Vera-Hernandez

Marcos Vera-Hernandez

Research Fellow


PhD in Economics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2001
MSc in Economics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 1998
BA in Economics, Universidad de La Laguna (Canary Islands) and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1996

Marcos is a research fellow at IFS and Professor of Economics at University College London.

Marcos' research focuses in the economics of health in developed and developing countries. In his research, he aims at understanding the consequences of health-related risk, the market failures in health insurance markets, the behaviour of health care providers, and the choices that individuals and household make with regards to health investments (especially in childhood). Recently, he has developed an interest in understanding the effects of community interventions, and has broaden his interests to include child development.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W22/21
We study the link between illness severity and the use of public health care services by the privately insured under a public health system.
IFS Working Paper W22/22
This paper describes methods to optimally choose the number of treatment and control clusters, and the number of units within treatment and control clusters, allowing for full flexibility.

Reports and comment

An informational intervention in Western Kenya
External publication


This policy paper was presented at the EDePo 'Improving productivity in developing countries: identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to productive investments and technology adoption' conference held at Goodenough College on the 8th and 9th July 2015.
This presentation was delivered at the "Medical spending across the developed world" conference on 27 and 28 March 2015. The conference took place at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.