Eleonora Fichera

Eleonora Fichera, B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D


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Eleonora is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester having previously held an MRC Early Career Felloship in Economics of Health (2013-2016). She is currently Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Bath where she works in the Labour, Education and Health Economics Research Group.




Eleonora obtained her PhD in Economics with a focus on Development Economics at the University of Nottingham. During her PhD, she gained teaching experience in Introduction to Macroeconomics (year I, undergraduate level). She also worked as consultant for Oxford Policy Management analysing the Tanzanian Household Budget Survey (2007) in Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania).

Between 2009 and 2013 she worked on providers financial incentives for quality improvement in the English NHS. Between 2013-2016 she was awarded an MRC Early Career Fellowship in Economics of Health. Her project was entitled "The effect of intervention on individual health: application of methods to analyse heterogeneity of treatment and heterogeneity of treated".

Her broad research interests are in the socioeconomic determinants of health in developed and developing countries. Her recent work include the effect of information on food expenditure, health and housing, the relationship between health treatment and behaviours, the effect of early life interventions on later life health and the relation between physical and mental health. 

Research interests

Eleonora's research activity is mainly focused on micro-econometrics applied to development economics and to health economics.

Her research focuses on the determinants of health and health behaviours. She has worked on the interaction between healthcare interventions and individual health investments. She is also interested in the socioeconomics determinants of health in developed and developing countries, the effect of information on individuals' engagement in risky health behaviours, the effect of early life interventions on later life outcomes and the relation between physical and mental health. You can access her papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) and/or on IDEAS.

She has obtained grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC), MRC joint with DFiD and ESRC, the National Institute for Health Research, the Royal Economic Society, the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, the University of Manchester Research Institute and the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. She has presented at several national and international conferences on economics, health economics and econometrics, and development economics.



  • 2013- : PhD supervisor
  • 2013-2016 : Module Leader of Economics of Health.
  • 2012-2016 : Module Leader of Topics in Economics of Health.
  • 2011-2016 : Pathway Co-Director of the M.Sc. Economics of Health.
  • 2010- : Masters dissertation supervision.
  • 2008: Teaching assistant – University of Nottingham, Introduction to Macroeconomics (Undergraduate, Year I).
  • 2004 and 2006: Teaching assistant – Bocconi University, Microeconomics (Undergraduate, Year I)

My collaborations

Thomas Allen (University of Manchester)

James Banks (IFS and University of Manchester)

Richard Disney (IFS and University of Sussex)

Richard Emsley (University of Manchester)

Hannah Forbes (University of Manchester)

John Gathergood (University of Nottingham)

Hugh Gravelle (University of York)

Rachel Griffith (IFS and University of Manchester)

Luke Munford (University of Manchester)

Julius Ohrnberger (University of Manchester)

Trudy Owens(University of Nottingham)

Mario Pezzino (University of Manchester)

Matt Sutton (University of Manchester)

Alex Turner (University of Manchester)

Stephanie von Hinke Kessler Scholder (University of Bristol and IFS)


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Royal Economic Society (RES)

UK Health Economists' Study Group (HESG);

American Society of Health Economicsts (ASHEcon);

Associated Researcher - Econometrics and Applied Economics research group, University of Manchester (E&AE);

External Affiliate - Health, Econometrics and data Group, University of York (HEDG);

Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS);

Visiting Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (CDHA);

Advisory Group for Health Economics Education (HEe)


  • Ph.D. Economics (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • M.Sc. Economics (University College London, UK)
  • B.A. Economics of International Institutions (Universita' L. Bocconi, Italy)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Bath

1 Mar 2017 → …


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