Zigante, Valentina

Dr Valentina Zigante  


Position held

Research Officer


Research Officer


Experience keywords:

econometrics; economics; health care; long-term care

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Valentina mainly contributes to the analysis of care provision as a part of the Economics of Health and Social Care (ESHCRU) unit. She is further involved in the analysis of outcomes for carers within the Quality and Outcomes Research Unit (QORU). Valentina is a member of the QORU Public Involvement Implementation Group (PIIG) and organises the LSEHSC formal seminar series.

Valentina’s broader research interests include user and carer experience, personalisation and the provision and financing of social care. She has a background in economics and has, after receiving her MSc degree from University of Lund, Sweden, held positions with the UNDP Croatia and the Eurofound in Dublin researching individual wellbeing and quality of life. Valentina's PhD thesis (2013) investigated the individual wellbeing effects of choice policies in health and LTC in European countries. Prior to joining the PSSRU in 2012 Valentina worked as a lecturer in comparative social policy at the University of Bristol.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Healthcare; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Europe; UK


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Basic]; Spanish [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Basic]; Swedish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7849 4649



Costa-Font, Joan and Zigante, Valentina (2016) The choice agenda in European health systems: the role of middle-class demands Public Money and Management, 36 (6). 409-416. ISSN 0954-0962


Costa-i-Font, Joan and Zigante, Valentina (2014) Why the views of middle class citizens help explain increased choice in European healthcare systems LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (21 Nov 2014) Blog entry

Zigante, Valentina and Brimblecombe, Nicola and King, Derek (2014) Informing and improving policy and practice for carers through research and evaluation LSE Health and Social Care (16 Jun 2014) Blog entry

Costa-i-Font, Joan and Zigante, Valentina (2014) 'The choice agenda' in European health systems: the role of 'middle class demands' LEQS discussion papers, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Zigante, Valentina and Costa-Font, Joan and Cooper, Zack (2012) Choice in health care: drivers and consequences In: McGuire, Alistair and Costa-Font, Joan, (eds.) The Lse Companion To Health Policy. Edward Elgar, London, UK, 79-93. ISBN 9781781004234

Costa-i-Font, Joan and Zigante, Valentina (2012) Are health care ‘choice – and – competition’ reforms really efficiency driven? LSE Health working papers, LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Zigante, Valentina (2011) Subjective well-being as a measure of welfare and equity: the case of choice policies in health care CESifo Economic Studies, 57 (4). 715-739. ISSN 1610-241X


Anderson, Robert and Mikuliç, Branislav and Vermeylen, Greet and Lyly-Yrjanainen, Maija and Zigante, Valentina (2009) Second European Quality of Life Survey - overview Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg. ISBN 9789289708470


Zigante, Valentina (2008) Ever rising expectations: the determinants of subjective welfare in Croatia Financial Theory and Practice, 32 (2). 115 -138. ISSN 1846-887X

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