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Hanifa Pilvar

Research Fellow

Hanifa joined the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences in January 2024, focusing on understanding the socio-economic factors contributing to preterm birth and exploring the long-term consequences of preterm birth on labor market outcomes. Before joining Nuffield, she worked as a Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Child Health, where her research centered around the cost of mental health admissions to paediatric wards in the UK.


Hanifa received a Ph.D. in economics from the School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London. During her doctoral studies, she investigated the health outcomes of C-section deliveries and the influence of physician financial incentives on procedure utilization in childbirth. Hanifa also addressed the General Practitioner (GP) shortage issue in the UK and the role of financial incentives to reduce regional GP shortages. In addition, she explored the consequences of GP shortage by showing how excessive workload pressure on GPs in short-staffed days affects their decision-making processes.


Research Interests: Infant health outcomes, Preterm birth, Physician financial incentives, physician workload