Social Formation of Health and other Behaviours

Keywords: social identity, culture, social environment, social interactions, preference for redistribution, social formation of health behaviours, behaviour beyond self-interest, social optimism social proximity, anchoring and social ambivalence


Social Economics: Current and Emerging Avenues‘ (with Macis, M ). MIT Press, 2016


Working Papers

‘Cultural Persistence’ of Health Capital: Evidence from European Migrants,” (with Sato, A). CESifo Working Paper Series 5964, CESifo Group Munich, 2016.

European identity and redistributive preferences” (with Cowell, F). CEP Discussion Papers, CEPDP1362. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, 2015.


The ‘mighty girl’ effect: Does parenting daughters alter attitudes towards gender norms?” (Borrell-Porta, M and Philipp, J) Oxford Economic Papers, 2019 71(1): 24-46 .

The cultural origin of saving behaviour” (with Giuliano P and Ozcan B). PLoS ONE, 2018 13(9) .

Social Identity and Redistributive Preferences: A Survey” (with Cowell, F). Journal of Economic Surveys, 2015, 29(2): 357-74 [+ 50 citations]

Anorexia, Body Image and Peer Effects: Evidence from a Sample of European Women” (with Jofre-Bonet, M). Economica, 2013, 44(317): 44-64[+ 25 citations]

Not All Incentives Wash out the Warm Glow: The Case of Blood Donation Revisited” (with Jofre-Bonet, M and Yen, S). Kyklos, 2013, 66(4): 521-543. [+ 25 citations]

Housing-related Wellbeing in Older people – the impact of environmental and financial influences”. Urban Studies, 2013, 50 (4): 657-673.[+ 25 citations]

Behavioural adjustment to avian flu in Europe during spring 2006: the roles of knowledge and proximity” (with Rudisill, C and Mossialos, E). Social Science and Medicine, 2012, 75(8): 1362-1371.

Decomposing cross-country differences in levels of obesity and overweight: does the social environment matter?” (with J Gil, J and D Fabbri), Social Science and Medicine, 2010, 70 (8) : 1185–1193. [+ 50 citations]

Attitudes as an expression of knowledge and ‘political anchoring’: the case of nuclear power in the United Kingdom” (with C Rudisill and E Mossialos). Risk Analysis, 2008, 28(5): 1273-1283. [+ 50 citations]

Optimism and the perceptions of new risks”, (with C Rudisill and E Mossialos).Journal of Risk Research, 2009, 12 (1): 27-41. [+ 25 citations]

Compulsory Language Educational Policies and Identity Formation” (with I Clots, O Aspachs and P Masella), Journal of the European Economic Association, 2008, 6(2- 3): 434-444.[+ 50 citations]

Are Perceptions of Risk and Benefits of Genetically Modified Food Independent?” (with E Mossialos). Food Quality and Preference, 2007, 18(2): 173-182. [+ 50 citations]

Ambivalent’ individual preferences towards biotechnology in the European Union: products or processes?” (with E Mossialos). Journal of Risk Research, 2005, 8(4):341-354. [+25 citations]

Social interactions and the contemporaneous determinants of individuals’ weight”, (with J Gil). Applied Economics, 2004, 36(20): 2253-2263 (Republished in ‘Applied Economics of Weight and Obesity’. In Taylor, M (ed), Rutledge, 2013). [+ 50 citations]

Smoking risks in Spain (part II): Perceptions of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Externalities”, (with J Rovira, Kip Viscusi, F Antoñanzas, and I Carvalho). Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 2000, 21(2-3): 187-212.[+ 25 citations]

Brief Articles

Social networking for medical information: a digital divide or a trust inquiry? ” (with Sato, A). Health Policy and Technology, 2013, 2(3):139-150.

Social capital and the social formation of health-related preferences and behaviours”, (with Mladovsky, P). Health Economics, Policy and Law, 2009, 3(4): 413-427.[+ 25 citations]

The hedonic procedural effect of traditional medicines” (with Sato, A). Journal of Happiness Studies, 2014, 15(5):1061–1084[+ 25 citations]

Optimistic Old Age Disability and Longevity Expectations? ”(with Costa-Font, M). Social Indicators Research, 2011, 104(3): 533–544.

Press media reporting effects on risk perceptions and attitudes towards genetically modified (GM) food” (with Vilella-Vila, M). Journal of Behavioural and Experimental Economics, 2008, 37(5): 2095-2106.[+ 50 citations]

Revisiting the fat and jolly hypothesis: obesity and depression’” (with J Gil). Socio-Economic Review, 2006, 4(3): 513-542.

Book chapters

”Social Economics: Current and New Avenue (with Macis, M)”. In Social Economics: Current and Emerging Avenues (Costa-Font, J and Macis, M eds). MIT Pres, 2016, in press.

”Cultural Attitudes and the Traditional Medicines Paradox” (with Sato, A). In Social Economics: Current and Emerging Avenues (Costa-Font, J and Macis, M eds). MIT Pres, 2017.

””Changing Culture to Change Society?” (with Borrell, M and Sato, A). In Social Economics: Current and Emerging Avenues (Costa-Font, J and Macis,M eds), MIT Press, 2016.

Knowledge, technology and demand for online health information” (with Caroline Rudisill and Elias Mossialos). In Costa-Font, J, Courbage, C and McGuire, A (eds). pp 109-124.The Economics of New Health Technologies. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Public perceptions, ambivalence and the endogenous regulation of biotechnology in the UK” (with E Mossialos). In C. Sausman and S. Dawson (eds) Future of Health Organizations, Palgrave, MacMillan, 2006.