SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Dr Elisa Cavatorta

PhD (Birkbeck)
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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr Elisa Cavatorta
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36 Gordon Square
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Elisa joined the CeDEP in August 2011, after completing her PhD in Economics at Birkbeck, University of London. Her main research interests are in the areas of development economics, applied microeconomics,  defence economics and GIS. She contributes to the LANSA research project which focuses on the agricultural-nutritutional disconnect in South Asia.

Elisa's PhD dissertation has a primarily focus on the Middle East: it includes works on military expenditure interactions in the region and studies on food insecurity in the Palestinian Territories.  She worked in the Middle East, conducting research on food insecurity for FAO and regional research institutes.

During her doctoral training, Elisa was a teaching assistant in several undergraduate and graduate modules at Birkbeck and City University, she supervised student projects and organised short laboratory courses in applied economics.  She has a specific interest in teaching modules in economics and econometrics.


Post-Doctoral Fellow on Economics of Food, Health and Agriculture.


Country case studies within the project Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA).

Uninsurable background Risk and insurance: evidence from the West Bank (with Luca Pieroni)
The study  explores the effect of an uninsurable background risk on the decision to buy health insurance.

Food insecurity and access to resources: the case of the  Palestinian Territories (with Ron Smith)
The project explores the interconnections among several dimensions of deprivation using a mix of GIS techniques and econometric analysis.

Affordability, accessibility and quality in health-care provider choice: the case of Nigeria (with Alice Mesnard and Wendy Janssens).

The study evaluates empirically the role of direct cost (such as fees), indirect costs (particularly travel time and trasport cost) and quality in patient behaviour on health-care provider choice.

Infectious diseases and migration in Tanzania (with Alice Mesnard).

The paper studies whether migration can be seen as a coping-strategy to escape infectious diseases and test empirically this hypothesis using a tracking panel of migrants from Tanzania.



Harris, J and Bruce, M and Cavatorta, Elisa and Cornelsen, L and Haesler, B and Green, R and Morgan, E. H. and Stevano, Sara and Walls, Helen and Cunninghan, K (2013) '3rd Annual Conference of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), Developing methods in agriculture and health research, London, 13-14 June 2013'. Food Security, (5) 6, pp 887-894.

Bove, V. and Cavatorta, Elisa (2012) 'From Conscription to Volunteers: Budget Shares in NATO Defence Spending'. Defence and Peace Economics, (23) 3, pp 273-288.

Cavatorta, Elisa (2010) 'Unobserved Common Factors in Military Expenditure Interactions across MENA Countries'. Defence and Peace Economics, (21) 4, pp 301-316.

Monographs and Working Papers

Cavatorta, Elisa and Pieroni, L. (2011) Uninsurable Background Risk and Insurance: Evidence from the West Bank. Birkbeck, University of London.

Cavatorta, Elisa and FAO Food Security Team, (2011) How many more calories and how much more quality? Further evidence on income elasticity of food demand. FAO.

Cavatorta, Elisa and Waples, S. (2011) Food insecurity and access to resources: the case of the Palestinian Territories. . [Unpublished]

Cavatorta, Elisa and Mesnard, A. and Janssens, W. (2011) Affordability, accessibility and quality in health-care provider choice: the case of Nigeria. . [Unpublished]

Cavatorta, Elisa (2011) Nutritional successes and failures: a quantile regression decomposition of child nutritional status among India states. . [Unpublished]

Cavatorta, Elisa and Mesnard, A. (2011) Infectious diseases and migration in Tanzania. . [Unpublished]


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