Madrid Institute for advanced Study

The intergenerational transmission of risky behaviours

Eugenio Zucchelli is an empirical microeconomist with broad research interests in the fields of health, education and labour economics. He has been a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics at Lancaster University, UK, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York, UK.

He is an IZA Research Fellow; a Faculty Associate at the Canadian Centre for Health Economics, University of Toronto; an external affiliate to the Health, Econometrics and Data Group, University of York; and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Between 2013-16, he was an Advisor for the UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Barcelona, Carlos III (Madrid), CEMFI (Madrid), Curtin, Monash (Melbourne) and Toronto. He holds a PhD in Economics awarded by the University of York.

Projet de recherche

The aim of this project is to investigate the intergenerational transmission of relevant risky behaviours. The research will focus on the identification of both determinants and mechanisms triggering the transmission processes of three different behaviours: criminal behaviour; consumption of addictive substances such as tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs; and obesity.

Accordingly, the project will centre on three interrelated pieces of empirical work and will employ state-of-the-art econometric methods applied on multiple panel datasets, including the US National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health and the National Income Dynamics Study of South Africa.

This study will exploit innovative causal mediation analysis methods to explore causal mechanisms within the intergenerational transmission of risky behaviours.

Sélection de publications

- Jones A. M., Laporte A., Rice N., Zucchelli E., “Dynamic panel data estimation of an integrated Grossman and Becker-Murphy model of health and addiction”, Empirical Economics, 2018, pp. 1-31.

- Migali G., Zucchelli E., 2017. “Personality traits, forgone health care and high school dropout: evidence from US adolescents”, Journal of Economic Psychology, 62, 2017, pp. 98-219.

- Jones A.M., Laporte A., Rice N., Zucchelli E., “Do public smoking bans have an impact on active smoking? Evidence from the UK”, Health Economics, 24/2, 2015, pp. 175-192.