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Professor of Economics, University of Essex

Sonia’s research is on the creation of human capital, the long benefits of early life health interventions, gender inequality, the political economy of public service provision, intergenerational mobility and the dynamics of mortality, fertility and sex selection. She uses micro-macro data from Asia, Africa and Latin America and historical data from America and the Scandinavian countries.

She is Co-Investigator and Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for Microsocial Change (ISER) and Co-Investigator of the Programme for Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (Law) at Essex. Her recent research funding is from Grand Challanges Canada, ESRC, International Growth Centre, RCUK-Newton and the Bank of Sweden.


  • –present
    Professor of Economics, University of Essex