Magdalena Opazo Breton

School of Health and Related Research

MRC Skills Development Fellow
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Magdalena Opazo Breton
School of Health and Related Research
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Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I joined ScHARR (HEDS) as an MRC Skills Development Fellow in March 2020. The title of my project is "Developing a research programme and advanced skills in econometric modelling to study dynamic health behaviours: transitions and persistence in smoking behaviour at an individual, household, birth cohort and local authority level". Prior to this I was a Research Fellow in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Nottingham where I worked in research evaluating the effects of tobacco control policies in the UK. I have been working in academic research since 2003. First in Chile, then in Spain, and now in the UK.

I hold a PhD in Economics from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (2014), two Master degrees in Economics, one from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Master in Economic Analysis, 2012) and another is a joint program between Georgetown University and ILADES- Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile (M.A in Economics, 2007), and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (2003).

Research interests

I have worked in academic research in many different topics: organizational behaviour, alcohol and drug use, socioeconomic segregation and inequality, air pollution and health, but always from a quantitative approach and with a focus on policy effects. My main interest is the use of causal inference techniques to evaluate policy effects using large observational datasets.


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I have supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate students since 2014. In particular, providing statistical support and developing their skills in data management and analysis in Stata. I have also delivered a Statistics module to Medical students while at The University of Nottingham.