Osea Giuntella is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics. He received his PhD in Economics from Boston University, and was a post-doc at the University of Oxford (Nuffield College and Blavatnik School of Government) before joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2017. His research interests are in health, labor and demographic economics.
In particular, his recent work has focused on risky health behaviors and mental health with a particular attention to the economic causes and consequences of sleep deprivation, one of the most prevalent risk health behaviors in modern societies. He is also an expert of the complex relationship between migration and health. His research has investigated cultural assimilation and health behaviors of immigrants, focusing in particular on eating habits, obesity, and smoking behavior. The third line of his work focuses on the effects of automation and the digitalization of life on time use, life course choices (e.g. fertility) and health behavior (sedentary behavior, weight gain, sleep).