Pietro Biroli

Research Affiliate

University of Zurich

Pietro is an assistant professor at the department of economics at the University of Zurich. He received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Chicago. Previously, he worked at the Fondazione Rodolfo DeBenedetti and obtained a master from Université Catholique de Louvain and Bocconi University.

He is interested in the process of health and human capital development in children and adolescents. In particular his current research explores the interaction between genetics, family investments, and early childhood interventions in explaining the long-term inequality across gender and socioeconomic status. More broadly, he is interested in Labor Economics, Health Economics, and Applied Microeconometrics.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in March 2015.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11336

Childhood obesity has adverse health and productivity consequences and poses negative externalities to health services. Its increase in recent decades can be traced back to unhealthy habits acquired in the household. We investigate whether parental beliefs play a role by eliciting beliefs about the returns to a recommended-calorie diet and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11187

We evaluate the long-term impact of treating maternal depression on women’s financial empowerment and parenting decisions. We leverage experimental variation induced by a cluster-randomized control trial that provided psychotherapy to perinatally depressed mothers in rural Pakistan. It was one the largest psychotherapy interventions in the world, and the treatment was...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10742

We evaluate the Reggio Approach using non-experimental data on individuals from the cities of Reggio Emilia, Parma and Padova belonging to one of five age cohorts: ages 50, 40, 30, 18, and 6 as of 2012. The treated were exposed to municipally offered infant-toddler (ages 0–3) and preschool (ages 3–6)...