HB – Health Behaviour and Inequality

Keywords:  social incentives for health behaviours, health inequality, behavioural health incentives, intergenerational transmission of health,  overweight, sleep and employmet, health and occupational status, social incentives and health,  inequality aversion, pro-social health behaviours.


“Steering health? Behavioural Incentive Design for Health Policy” (with Caroline Rudisill and Tony Hockley). Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2022.

LSE Companion to Health Policy“ (with Alistair McGuire), Elgar Edward, 2012.


 Main Articles

How does exposure to COVID-19 influence health and income inequality aversion?”. (with Miqdad Asaria and Frank Cowell) . 2021, CESifo Working Paper 9250.

Buying Control? ‘Locus of Control’ and the Uptake of Supplementary Health Insurance” (with Eric Bonsang and Sonja de New), 2021, IZA Working Paper 14633.

The Welfare Effects of Time Reallocation: Evidence from Daylight Saving Time” (with Sarah Fleche and Ricardo Pagan). 2021, IZA Working Paper 14570.

The Social Value of a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine: Willingness to Pay Estimates from Four Western Countries” (with Sawyard Harrison, Caroline Rudisill and Luca Salmasi), 2021, IZA Working Paper 14475.

More Than a Ban on Smoking? Behavioural Spillovers of Smoking Bans in the Workplace” (with Luca Salmasi and Sarah Zaccagni). 2021, IZA Working Paper 14299

The Measurement of Health Inequalities: Does Status Matter?” (with Frank Cowell), 2021, Journal of Economic Inequality, in press.

“Measuring pure health inequality and mobility during a health insurance expansion: Evidence from Mexico ” (with Frank Cowell, F and Belen Saenz de Miera). Health Economics, 2021, 30(8): 1833-1848.

The Weight of Patriarchy? Gender Obesity Gaps in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)” (with Mario Gyori). Social Science & Medicine, 2020, 266, 113353

Vertical transmission of overweight: Evidence from a sample of English adoptees” (with Mireia Jofre-Bonet and Julian Le Grand). Food Policy, 2020, 2020, 97, 101972

Child Sleep and Maternal Labour Market Outcomes” (with Sarah Fleche)  Journal of Health Economics, 2020, 69, 102258.

The ‘Healthy Worker Effect’: Do Healthy People Climb the Occupational Ladder?” (with Ljunge, M). Economics and Human Biology, 2018, 28: 119-131. 

Do you have to win it to fix it? A longitudinal study of lottery winners and their health care demand” (with Terence Cheng and Nick Powdthavee). American Journal of Health Economics, 2018, 4(1): 26-50.

Income Inequalities in Unhealthy Lifestyles in England and Spain” (with Cristina Hernandez-Quevedo and  Dolores Jiménez-Rubio). Economics and Human Biology, 2014, 13: 66-75.

Intergenerational and Socioeconomic Gradients of Child Obesity” (with Joan Gil). Social Science Medicine, 2013, 93(1): 29-37.

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

Not All Incentives Wash out the Warm Glow: The Case of Blood Donation Revisited” (with Mireia Jofre-Bonet and Steven Yen). Kyklos, 2013, 66(4): 521-543.

Behavioural adjustment to avian flu in Europe during spring 2006: the roles of knowledge and proximity” (with Caroline Rudisill and Elias Mossialos). 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 Joan Gil, J and Danielle Fabbri), Social Science and Medicine, 2010, 70 (8) : 1185–1193.

Optimism and the perceptions of new risks” (with Elias Mossialos & Caroline Rudisill, C). Journal of Risk Research, 2009, 12(1), 27-41.

Decomposing Body Mass Index Gaps Between Mediterranean Countries: A Counterfactual Quantile Regression Analysis” (with Danielle  Fabbri and Joan Gil). Economics and Human Biology 2009, 7(3): 351–365.

Are perceptions of ‘risks’ and ‘benefits’ of genetically modified food (in) dependent?” (with Elias Mossialos).  Food quality and preference, 2007, 18(2), 173-182.

Smoking risks in Spain (part II): Perceptions of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Externalities”, (with Joan Rovira, Kip Viscusi, Fernando Antoñanzas, and Irineu Carvalho). Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 2000, 21(2-3): 187-212.