Imperial College London


Business School

Advanced Research Fellow in Health Economics







Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Veronica is an economist with a focus on global health policy and institutions. She particularly enjoys bringing evidence to bear on highly controversial and contested policies. Veronica’s research interests include mental health, social determinants of health, and the impact of incentives on the quality of healthcare delivery. Her work is highly multidisciplinary, lying at the intersection between social policy and health economics.

She joined the Centre for Health Economics & Policy Innovation (CHEPI) as Advanced Research Fellow in Health Economics, where her current research focuses on exploring how the health of secondary school children is influenced by the characteristics of the physical and virtual places in which they spend their times (Children’s Places).

Veronica, previously, was a Research Fellow in Health Economics at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy), and previously worked in the same role at the University of Oxford (UK). She also holds academic appointment at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of East Anglia (UEA) and Dondena Research Centre (Bocconi, Italy).

 Veronica holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a M.Sc. in Statistics both from the University of Padua (Italy).


Toffolutti V., Reeves A., McKee M., and Stuckler D. “Outsourcing cleaning services increases MRSA incidence: Evidence from 126 English Acute Trusts” Social Science and Medicine, 2017, Volume 174, Pages 64-69.

Toffolutti V., McKee M., and  Stuckler D. “Evidence Points to "Gaming" At Hospitals Subject to National Health Service Cleanliness Inspections, Health Affairs, 2017, Volume 36 (2) Pages 355-361.

Miller M., Toffolutti V., and Reeves A. “The enduring influence of institutions on universal health coverage: An empirical investigation of 62 former colonies”, World Development, 2018, Volume 111, November 2018, Pages 270-287.

Toffolutti V., and Stuckler D. “A Culture of Openness is Associated with Lower Mortality Rates among 137 Acute English National Health Service Trusts”, Health Affairs, 2019, Volume 50 (38).    

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Toffolutti V, Plach S, Maksimovic T, et al., 2022, The association between COVID-19 policy responses and mental well-being: Evidence from 28 European countries, Social Science & Medicine, Vol:301, ISSN:0277-9536

Toffolutti V, Suhrcke M, 2021, Does austerity really kill? (vol 33, pg 211, 2019), Economics & Human Biology, Vol:43, ISSN:1570-677X

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