LONGPOP | Life course, health and well-being in a long-term perspective.
How events and exposures during individual's life course impact health & well-being outcomes (mortality, marriage, fertility, socioeconomic status).
Horizon 2020, Longitudinal, Demography, Population, Statistics, Socio-economic, Geography, History, Big Data, Health
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Enrico Debiasi – ESR3. Life course influences on adult health and well-being.

Medarbetare vid Ekonomihgskolan, Lunds universitet. Fotograf: Hkan Rjder

Department of Economic History and Center for Economic Demography, Lund University, Sweden.


Professor Martin Dribe martin.dribe@ekh.lu.se


The candidate will work on the interaction between individual life course events and health and well-being in a long-term perspective, from the 19th century until present times. The work will be based on historical and contemporary register data for Sweden, available at the Center for Economic Demography, Lund University. The focus of the research will be on how events and exposures during an individual’s life course impact various health and well-being outcomes such as age-specific mortality, heights, marriage, fertility, and socioeconomic status. Special attention will also be devoted to the interplay between socioeconomic variables and geographical and environmental factors, using GIS, spatial regression and multilevel models.




Rosenbaum-Feldbrügge, M. & Debiasi, E. (2019). The impact of parental death on the timing of first marriage: Evolutionary versus social explanations (The Netherlands, 1850–1940)Demographic Research. Volume 40, article 28, pp 799–834.



Debiasi, E. and Dribe, M. Social Class Inequalities in Cause-Specific Adult Mortality in a Long-Term Perspective Evidence from Southern Sweden 1813-2015Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2019. Also presented at the European Society for Historical Demography Conference in Pecs (2019), the EpiDem PhD conference in Falsterbo (2019) and the Social Science History Association meeting in Phoenix (2018).

Debiasi, E. and Rosenbaum-Feldbrügge, M. The impact of parental death in childhood on adult mortality: Evidence from Southern Sweden 1813-1967. Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2019. Also presented at the European Society for Historical Demography Conference in Pecs (2019) and Societá Italiana di Demografia Storica (SIDES) in Bologna (2018).

Debiasi, E. and Dribe, Martin. Time Effects and Socioeconomic Inequalities in Mortality: an Age-Period-Cohort Analysis of the Last 200 Years in Southern Sweden. European Population Conference 2018 and Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2018.

Rosenbaum-Feldbrügge, M. and Debiasi, E. Evolutionary Explanations do not Qualify to Predict the Relationship between Parental Death and Children’s Transition to First Marriage in Historical Populations: Findings from the Netherlands, 1850-1940. Dutch Demography Day 2018.


Enrico is a PhD student at the Centre for Economic Demography and Department of Economic History at Lund University. Before joining the LONGPOP project in September 2016, he studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Bologna at a bachelor level and got a master degree in Engineering and Management from the Polytechnic of Turin. For the master thesis project, he was awarded with a scholarship for extra-UE mobility from the Polytechnic of Turin and he was accepted as visiting student at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Following this experience, he was offered a research scholarship at the department of Management and Production Engineering at the Polytechnic of Turin where he followed two projects aimed at improving the public health and the healthcare logistic system of the Piedmont region in Italy. In 2015, he was accepted for the Master programme in Economics at Maastricht University where he graduated cum laude with a thesis that was accredited as “Top thesis” from the School of Business and Economics, in which he investigated at which age childhood mental ability and personality traits are able to predict later life outcomes. His main research interest is on the determinants of health and well-being in the population with a focus on the effect of life course socioeconomic status on mortality at later ages. In addition he is also interested in the impact of family structures on different life outcomes.

Contact: enrico.debiasi@ekh.lu.se

Link to his ResearchGate profile here.