1. What is your main research topic?
My work is on Animal Health Economics.
I analyze one of the main control
strategies for animal infectious diseases
which basically imposes restrictions to
the movement of animals coming from
high-risk areas. This reduces the speed
of expansion of the disease but it can be
very costly for some producers. The idea
is to estimate these costs and incorporate
behavioral and economic elements
to the epidemiological analysis of infectious
2. In what way has this visit helped you
to advance your research project(s)?
Definitely. It was a great opportunity to
interact with health scientists, biologists,
and epidemiologists who work on similar
topics but with different approaches.
This experience was very useful not only
to advance on my dissertation but it also
gave me the opportunity to learn about
other problems that are now part of my
3. Did you like the academic environment?
Is it very different from that of
What are the main differences?
I really enjoyed the academic environment
at Harvard, although I would not
say that it is very different from the environment
at TSE. Both environments are
very stimulating and dynamic.
I would say that the main difference is
the huge diversity of research topics and
scientists in a school of public health
(compared with a school of economics).
Moreover, at Harvard the diffusion
of science is one of their priorities and
as a consequence it is common to have
seminars about the negotiation and
implementation of policies where politicians
and policy makers from all around
the world share their experiences.
4. Overall, did you enjoy this experience?
Would you recommend to TSE
students to visit another university
during their PhD studies?
Do you want to add anything else
about your experience?
It is definitely a good experience. I
would advise any TSE student to spend
some months abroad. Especially, I would
recommend anyone to look for a multidisciplinary
center. Interacting with scientist
from other fields can help you to
advance on your research and open the
door to fruitful collaborations.