Mauricio Avendano Pabon

Adjunct Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mauricio Avendano is Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Director at LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political  Science. He is an epidemiologist with an interest in the causal impact of social policies on health from a cross-national comparative perspective. He was closely involved in the design of the health module of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), a comparative study of 18 countries examining the links between health and the social and economic dimensions of life, on which much of his research is based.
His current research integrates econometric and epidemiological approaches to study the impact of social policy on health in Europe and the US. In 2011, he was awarded a Starting Independent Researcher grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to examine how economic recessions during critical periods in the life-course from childhood to adulthood influence health and mortality later in life in European countries and the United States.

Part of his research also studies the impact of family support policies on the health of mothers, and whether cross-national differences in family support policies explain life expectancy differences between the US and European countries. More recent work also examines the impact of health insurance coverage and social protection programmes on health in Colombia and other Latin American countries.



Avendano M, Kawachi I. 2013. Why do Americans have shorter life expectancy and worse health than do people in other high-income countries? Annual Review of Public Health, Volume 35, 2014 (in press)

Cylus J, Glymour M, Avendano M. Do generous unemployment benefits reduce suicides? A state fixed-effect analysis of suicide rates during 1968-2008. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 (in press)

Riumallo-Herl, C., Basu, S., Stuckler, D., Courtin, E., & Avendano, M. (2014). Job loss, wealth and depression during the Great Recession in the US and Europe. International Journal of Epidemiology (un press).

Riumallo-Herl C, Kawachi I, Avendano M. Social capital, mental health and biomarkers in Chile: Assessing the effects of social capital in a middle income country. Social Science & Medicine. 2014 (in press).

Leist A, Hessel P, Avendano M. Do Economic Recessions During Early and Mid-Adulthood Influence Cognitive Function in Older Age? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2013;In Press.

Hessel P, Avendano M. Are economic recessions at the time of leaving school associated with worse physical functioning in later life? Annals of Epidemiology. 2013; In press.

Vandoros S, Hessel P, Leone T, Avendano M. Have health trends worsened in Greece as a result of the financial crisis? A quasi-experimental approach. European Journal of Public Health 2013;In press.

Arroyave I, Cardona D, Burdorf A, Avendano M. The Impact of Increasing Health Insurance Coverage on Disparities in Mortality: Health Care Reform in Colombia, 1998-2007. American Journal of Public Health 2013;103(3):e100-e106.

Leist A, Glymour M, Mackenbach J, van Lenthe F, Avendano M. Time away from work predicts later cognitive function: Differences by activity during leave. Annals of Epidemiology. 2013 (in press)

Lopez-Arana S, Avendano M, van Lenthe FJ, Burdorf A. Trends in overweight among women differ by occupational class: results from 33 low- and middle-income countries in the period 1992-2009. International Journal of Obesity (Lond). May 7 2013.

Lopez S, Burdorf A, Avendano M. Trends in overweight by educational level in 33 low- and middle-income countries: The role of parity, age at first birth and breastfeeding. Obesity Reviews. 2013;In press.

Rodriguez S, Montero P, Carmenate M, Avendano M. Functional decline over two years in older Spanish adults: Evidence from SHARE. Geriatrics & Gerontology International. 2013. In press

Avendano M. Correlation or causation? Income inequality and infant mortality in fixed effects models in the period 1960-2008 in 34 OECD countries. Social Science & Medicine 2012;75(4):754-60.

Moon JR, Glymour MM, Subramanian SV, Avendano M, Kawachi I. Transition to retirement and risk of cardiovascular disease: Prospective analysis of the US health and retirement study. Social Science & Medicine 2012;75(3):526-30.

Moon JR, Capistrant BD, Kawachi I, Avendano M, Subramanian SV, Bates LM, et al. Stroke incidence in older US Hispanics: is foreign birth protective? Stroke 2012;43(5):1224-9.

Kumar S, Calvo R, Avendano M, Sivaramakrishnan K, Berkman LF. Social support, volunteering and health around the world: cross-national evidence from 139 countries. Social Science & Medicine 2012;74(5):696-706.

Kok R, Avendano M, Bago d’Uva T, Mackenbach J. Can Reporting Heterogeneity Explain Differences in Depressive Symptoms Across Europe? Social Indicators Research 2012;105(2):191-210.

White K, Avendano M, Capistrant BD, Robin Moon J, Liu SY, Maria Glymour M. Self-reported and measured hypertension among older US- and foreign-born adults. Journal Immigrant & Minority Health 2012;14(4):721-6.

Van Lenthe FJ, Avendano M, van Beeck EF, Mackenbach JP. Childhood and adulthood socioeconomic position and the hospital-based incidence of hip fractures after 13 years of follow-up: the role of health behaviours. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2011;65(11):980-5.

Soerjomataram I, Barendregt JJ, Gartner C, Kunst A, Moller H, Avendano M. Reducing inequalities in lung cancer incidence through smoking policies. Lung Cancer 2011;73(3):268-73.

Avendano M, Kawachi I. Invited commentary: the search for explanations of the American health disadvantage relative to the English. American Journal of Epidemiology 2011;173(8):866-9.

Avendano M, Galama TJ. Inequalities in mortality in the U.S. and Denmark: more alike than different. A commentary on Hoffmann. Social Science & Medicine 2011;73(11):1569-72.

van den Berg T, Schuring M, Avendano M, Mackenbach J, Burdorf A. The impact of ill health on exit from paid employment in Europe among older workers. Occupional & Environmental Medicine 2010;67(12):845-52.

Subramanian SV, Huijts T, Avendano M. Self-reported health assessments in the 2002 World Health Survey: how do they correlate with education? Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2010;88(2):131-8.

Mohd Hairi F, Mackenbach JP, Andersen-Ranberg K, Avendano M. Does socio-economic status predict grip strength in older Europeans? Results from the SHARE study in non-institutionalised men and women aged 50+. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2010;64(9):829-37.

Glymour MM, Maselko J, Gilman SE, Patton KK, Avendano M. Depressive symptoms predict incident stroke independently of memory impairments. Neurology. 2010 Dec 7;75(23):2063-70.

Giskes K, van Lenthe F, Avendano-Pabon M, Brug J. A systematic review of environmental factors and obesogenic dietary intakes among adults: are we getting closer to understanding obesogenic environments? Obesity Reviews. 2010 Jul 6.

Giskes K, Avendano M, Brug J, Kunst AE. A systematic review of studies on socioeconomic inequalities in dietary intakes associated with weight gain and overweight/obesity conducted among European adults. Obesity Reviews 2010;11(6):413-29.

Maselko J, Bates LM, Avendano M, Glymour MM. The intersection of sex, marital status, and cardiovascular risk factors in shaping stroke incidence: results from the health and retirement study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2009;57(12):2293-9.

Glymour MM, Avendano M. Can self-reported strokes be used to study stroke incidence and risk factors?: evidence from the health and retirement study. Stroke 2009;40(3):873-9.

Eikemo TA, Skalicka V, Avendano M. Variations in relative health inequalities: are they a mathematical artefact? International Journal of Equity & Health 2009;8:32.

DeFries T, Avendano M, Glymour MM. Level and change in cognitive test scores predict risk of first stroke. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2009;57(3):499-505.

Avendano M, Jürges H, Mackenbach JP. Educational level and changes in health across Europe: Longitudinal results from SHARE. Journal of European Social Policy 2009;19(4):301-316.

Avendano M, Huijts T, Subramanian SV. Re: “Are Americans feeling less healthy? The puzzle of trends in self-rated health”. American Journal of Epidemiology 2009;170(12):1581-2; author reply 1582-3.

Avendano M, Glymour MM, Banks J, Mackenbach JP. Health disadvantage in US adults aged 50 to 74 years: a comparison of the health of rich and poor Americans with that of Europeans. American Journal of Public Health 2009;99(3):540-8.

Jurges H, Avendano M, Mackenbach JP. Are different measures of self-rated health comparable? An assessment in five European countries. European Journal of Epidemiology 2008;23(12):773-81.

Huisman M, Van Lenthe F, Avendano M, Mackenbach J. The contribution of job characteristics to socioeconomic inequalities in incidence of myocardial infarction. Social Science & Medicine 2008;66(11):2240-52.

Glymour MM, Defries TB, Kawachi I, Avendano M. Spousal smoking and incidence of first stroke the health and retirement study. American Journal of Preveventive Medicine 2008;35(3):245-8.

Glymour MM, Avendano M, Haas S, Berkman LF. Lifecourse social conditions and racial disparities in incidence of first stroke. Annals of Epidemiology 2008;18(12):904-12.

de Kok IM, van Lenthe FJ, Avendano M, Louwman M, Coebergh JW, Mackenbach JP. Childhood social class and cancer incidence: Results of the globe study. Social Science & Medicine 2008;66(5):1131-9.

Avendano M, Van Soest A. Measuring pain: issues of interpretation. The Lancet 2008;372(9637):443.

Avendano M, Soerjomataram I. Monitoring trends in acute coronary syndromes: can we use hospital admission registries? Heart 2008;94(12):1524-5.

Avendano M, Glymour MM. Stroke disparities in older Americans: is wealth a more powerful indicator of risk than income and education? Stroke 2008;39(5):1533-40.

Avendano M, Glymour M. Obesity doesn’t explain U.S.-Europe disparities. Health Affairs (Millwood) 2008;27(1):298.

Glymour MM, Avendano M, Berkman LF. Is the ‘stroke belt’ worn from childhood?: risk of first stroke and state of residence in childhood and adulthood. Stroke 2007;38(9):2415-21.

Avendano M, Mackenbach JP. Blood glucose levels: facing a global crisis. The Lancet 2006;368(9548):1631-2.

Avendano M, Kunst AE, Huisman M, Lenthe FV, Bopp M, Regidor E, et al. Socioeconomic status and ischaemic heart disease mortality in 10 western European populations during the 1990s. Heart 2006;92(4):461-7.

Avendano M, Kawachi I, Van Lenthe F, Boshuizen HC, Mackenbach JP, Van den Bos GA, et al. Socioeconomic status and stroke incidence in the US elderly: the role of risk factors in the EPESE study. Stroke 2006;37(6):1368-73.

Avendano M, Boshuizen HC, Schellevis FG, Mackenbach JP, Van Lenthe FJ, Van den Bos GA. Disparities in stroke preventive care in general practice did not explain socioeconomic disparities in stroke. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2006;59(12):1285-94.

Avendano M. Smoking and inequalities. The Lancet 2006;368(9545):1417-8.

Avendano M, Kunst AE, van Lenthe F, Bos V, Costa G, Valkonen T, et al. Trends in socioeconomic disparities in stroke mortality in six european countries between 1981-1985 and 1991-1995. American Journal of Epidemiology 2005;161(1):52-61

Avendano M, Kunst AE, Huisman M, van Lenthe F, Bopp M, Borrell C, et al. Educational level and stroke mortality: a comparison of 10 European populations during the 1990s. Stroke 2004;35(2):432-7.