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, health and well-being in a long-term perspective.

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.


The expected results are:

3.1 Develop a method to identify cohort and period patterns in mortality differentials by socio-economic status (SES).
3.2 Assessment of SES differences in mortality from a cohort and period perspective (research report).
3.3 Knowledge of the long term impact of family context on mortality throughout the life course (research report).



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.


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.