Stefano Cellini

PhD Student

Academic and research departments

School of Economics.


My qualifications

BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance
University of Surrey
MRes Economics
University of Surrey


Research interests



Stefano Cellini, Livia Menezes, Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner (2022) Maternal Displacements during Pregnancy and the Health of Newborns
In this paper, we estimate the effect of maternal displacements during pregnancy on birth outcomes by leveraging population-level administrative data from Brazil on formal employment linked to birth records. We find that involuntary job separation of pregnant single mothers leads to a decrease in birth weight (BW) by around 28 grams (-1% ca.) and an increase in the incidence of low BW by 10.5%. In contrast, we find a significant positive effect on the mean BW and a decrease in the incidence of low BW for mothers in a marriage or stable union. We document more pronounced negative effects for single mothers with lower earnings and no effect for mothers in the highest income quartile, suggesting a mitigating role of self-insurance from savings. Exploiting variation from unemployment benefits eligibility, we also provide evidence on the mitigating role of formal unemployment insurance using a Regression Discontinuity design exploiting the cutoff from the unemployment insurance eligibility rule.