My main research line considers the determinants of health, with a particular emphasis on the role of public health policies. I am conducting several projects on the topic:
- Global health inequality and the diffusion of sanitation since 1850
- This project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. [link]
- Global Epidemics in Historical Perspective
- This project has been awarded by Emergent Ventures, organized by prof. Tyler Cowen. [link]
- Global health inequality and the diffusion of the germ theory of disease since 1900 (with Pieter Woltjer).
- See an early summary of this research at the Economic History Society website here.
- Seasonal mortality and its drivers
- See a summary of this research at the Economic History Society website here.
My second research line explores new ways to measure the evolution of historical well-being. Currently I am working on the following projects:
- Special issue for the Journal of Economic Surveys on measuring well-being in the past: metrics, drivers and implications for development (with Michalis Moatsos).
- Capital, Productivity and Human Welfare