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Thirsk-Feinstein Prize for best dissertation to Luciana Quaranta

Published: 2014-03-31

Luciana Quaranta received the prestigious Thirsk-Feinstein Prize for best dissertation in Economic and Social History

Luciana Quaranta has received the prestigious Thirsk-Feinstein Prize for best dissertation in Economic and Social History in 2013.

This is the first time the prize, which is awarded by the Economic History Society, goes to a PhD outside of UK and US. Previous winners have been from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Stanford, and from LSE.

The prize motivation for Luciana’s thesis Scarred for life. How conditions in early life affect socioeconomic status, reproduction and mortality in Southern Sweden, 1813-1968, was as follows:

“The thesis analyses new evidence from the Scanian Economic Demographic Database and reports several notable results. Luciana uses longitudinal data to examine the developmental origins hypothesis (which posits that the growing foetus and young children adapt or otherwise adjust their growth and development process to signals of nutritional conditions that will predominate throughout life). All the members of the Prize Committee were very impressed by the thesis but perhaps its contribution is best summed up in the words of the external examiner, Rick Steckel, who said that Luciana’s ‘research is path-breaking in a new field that I predict will engage social science, historical, and medical researchers for generations’.”

Luciana received the prize at a ceremony at the annual conference of the Economic History Society taking place in Warwick last weekend.