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).

Since October 2009 Eleonora has worked as Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Her research is focused on applied microeconometrics with a focus on health and development economics. Initially, she worked within the CLAHRC project and then her research was funded through grants from the Department of Health Policy Research Programme and the NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation Programme. Between 2010 and 2013 she worked on providers financial incentives for quality improvement in the English NHS.  

Since 2012 she investigates the determinants of health and health behaviours. Recent studies include the relation between health treatment and behaviours, socioeconomic determinants of health in developed and developing countries, the effect of early life interventions on later life health and the relation between physical and mental health. Her current research is funded by an MRC Early Career Fellowship in Economics of Health. Her project is entitled "The effect of intervention on individual health: application of methods to analyse heterogeneity of treatment and heterogeneity of treated".

Collaborators and affiliated staff

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)


Eleonora is Research Fellow in Health Economics at the University of Manchester. Her research is currently funded by the MRC Early Career Fellowship in Economics of Health. 

She is also co-director of the M.Sc. Economics of Health at the University of Manchester. 



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

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, 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- : Module Leader of Economics of Health.
  • 2012- : Module Leader of Topics in Economics of Health.
  • 2011- : 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)

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