Eduardo is a statistician/econometrician who uses secondary data as well as experiments to understand the development human traits (particularly health and cognition), from childhood to the old age. His econometric and statistical skills are wide ranging, but the focus of his recent publications has been on causal inference and nonparametric methods (with Regression Discontinuity and Partial Identification occupying a significant amount of his recent work). Much of his work can be framed within a school of thought emphasising that statistical and econometric modelling ought to rely on weak, credible and intelligible assumptions that allow data to speak for themselves. He has contributed, nonetheless, to the parametric literature. With Richard Hofler, he has fathered the Poisson Log-Half Normal distribution (a useful starting point for modelling under- or over-reported count data), and earlier on (2007) he kick-started the literature on Stochastic Frontiers with discrete outcomes.
Eduardo’s applied work has covered health services in rural China, domestic abuse, the development of strategic sophistication in children, and the effect of early life experiences on adult outcomes. However, a significant amount of his work has been devoted to studying the effects of retirement on health, cognition and other outcomes. His research in this latter field to date suggests that, far from being a resolved question, deeply ingrained and intertwined biological trends contaminate secondary data to the point of seriously incapacitate our ability to honestly attribute much of a role to retirement as far as human traits go.
In recent times, Eduardo has begun to pay more attention to experimental methods, having completed some initial work with economists, on the one hand, and evolutionary biologists on the other. This work looks at several aspects of strategic thinking and pro-social behaviour in children.
Eduardo has published his research in high impact international journals (such as the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Health Economics or Journal of Productivity Analysis). You can see Eduardo's publications and some of his working also in his Google Scholar profile.
Before joining Manchester, Eduardo was a Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford (Blavatnik School of Government and Health Economics Research Centre) and a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Strathclyde. Eduardo completed a Ph.D. in Econometrics at the University of Manchester thanks to the generous support of Fundación Ramón Areces.