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Dr Chiara Costi

Former Research Student

Research overview

My research is mainly focused on Health Economics, with an interest in the general field of Applied Economics (development, education and labour economics). Click here to have a look at my personal webpage!

My PhD thesis investigates health outcomes and well-being of older populations using large longitudinal datasets and causal inference methods (Difference-in-Differences, Event Studies, IV Approaches, Structural Equation Modelling). My research primarily includes work on health and ageing economics, exploring factors associated to quality of life of older adults as well as investigating mental health of informal caregivers.

My current research looks at intergenerational trasmission of risky health behaviours and at income-related health inequalities in developing countries. 

Current Research


Costi, C., Hollingsworth, B., O'Sullivan, V., Zucchelli, E., Does caring for others affect our mental health? Evidence from the COVID-19 pandemic, Social Science & Medicine (2023)

Work in Progress:

“Health and quality of life in ageing populations: A structural equation modelling approach” Costi, C. (Submitted)

“Family education and health risk behaviours: intergenerational effects on early childhood health” Costi, C., Migali, G., and Zucchelli, E.

“Presence of airports and income-related health inequality. Evidence from Peru" Costi, C., and Hidalgo Arestegui, A. 

Current Teaching

ECON515. Health Economics (MSc) 2022-current

ECON322. Health Economics (UG) 2021-current

ECON102. Principles of Economcis 2019-current


Associate Fellowship certification (2022)

Oxford GTA Workshop (2019)

Introduction to Teaching at Lancaster (ITL) (2019)

Research Grants

Fully-funded LUMS PhD Scholarship (2019-2022)

Thesis Title

"Essays on health and well-being: an older adults' perspective"

Supervised By

Professor Bruce Hollingsworth , Lancaster University

Dr Vincent O'Sullivan , University of Limerick

Dr Eugenio Zucchelli , Lancaster University

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