CONTI Gabriella


Affiliation: University College London

Other Affiliation: Institute for Fiscal Studies

Address: Drayton House, 30 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AX London

Telephone: +44 020 7679 4696

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Research Interests: Health Economics, Health Inequalities, Early Interventions, Economics of Human Development, Economics and Biology


Gabriella Conti is an Associate Professor in Economics in the Department of Economics and in the Department of Social Science at University College London; co-Investigator of the National Child Development Study (1958 British Birth Cohort); and Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Her research draws on both the biomedical and the social sciences with the aim of understanding the developmental origins of health inequalities, and the behavioral and biological pathways through which early life conditions affect well-being throughout the lifecourse. She has published in prestigious journals in different disciplines, such as Science, PNAS, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Econometrics and Lancet. She is currently working on several projects on the effects of early life interventions, starting both in the prenatal and in the postnatal period, on maternal and child well-being, on the mechanisms through which they work, and on their interactions with genetic endowments; and on the effects of health insurance on health and labour market outcomes in developing countries. Gabriella holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex. Prior to joining UCL, she was a Post-Doctoral Scholar and then an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago.


  • “The Effects of Two Influential Early Childhood Interventions on Health and Healthy Behaviors” (with J.J. Heckman and R. Pinto). Economic Journal, 2016, November.
  • “Early Health Shocks, Intra-household Resource Allocation, and Child Outcomes” (with J.J. Heckman, J. Yi and J. Zhang), Economic Journal, 2015, November.
  • “Bayesian Exploratory Factor Analysis” (with S. Fruhwirth-Schnatter, J.J. Heckman and R. Piatek), Journal of Econometrics, 2014, 183(1), November, 31-57.
  • “Early Childhood Investments Substantially Boost Adult Health” (with F. Campbell, J.J. Heckman, S. Moon, Y. Pan, R. Pinto and E. Pungello), Science, 2014, vol. 343 no. 6178, pp. 1478-1485.
  • “Child and Adolescent Mental Health Worldwide: Evidence for Action”, (with C. Kieling, H. Baker- Henningham, M. Belfer, I. Ertem, O. Omigbodun, L.A. Rohde, S. Srinath, N. Ulkuer and A. Rahman), The Lancet, 2011, 378(9801), 1515-1525.

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