Mr Julius Ohrnberger


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PhD Researcher - "Understanding the causal effect of cash transfer programmes on mental health in low and middle income countries".

My PhD work consists of three empirical chapters. I analyse in the first empirical chapter the direct effects of the South African Child Support Grant on mental health of adults living in grant-receiving household. I use fixed effect instrumental variable estimation to address selection into treatment and confounding factors. The second chapter of my PhD focusses on quantile treatment effects of a randomized controlled conditional cash transfer programme in Malawi on adult mental health. In my final chapter, I am analysing mediation effects of the South African Child Support Grant on mental health, using factor analysis, decomposition methods and instrumental variable estimation. The PhD is supervised by:

Dr Eleonora Fichera - Senior lecturer in Economics at the University of Bath

Professor Matt Sutton - Centre lead of Manchester Centre for Health Economics

Dr Laura Anselmi - Research Fellow at the Manchester Centre for Health Economics


Teaching Assistant - Work Psychology, BSc Management

Social responsibility

Widening Participation Fellow

I am supporting the Widening Participation in higher education programme of the University. The programme targets talented pupils from less affluent areas in Greater Manchester with the aim to provide insights into different academic subjects. My role encompasses organizing and giving workshops on topics related to economics for pupils of different age groups, talks about the benefits of higher education, and teaching research skills workshops to pupils.



BSc Economics - University of Heidelberg, Germany

MSc Economics - Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Healt Economists' Study Group

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