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Dr Cristina Santos

Dr Cristina Santos
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Lecturer in Economics



PhD, Economics, University College London

Course development and teaching

Previous chair and currently member of production team of the new Level 2 Economics module Running the economy (DD209).

Contributed to modules from Level 1 to Level 3, from Personal Finance to Macroeconomics, and was a tutor for You and your money: personal finance in context (DB123).

Research interests

I am interested in the Economics of the Household, in how decisions about working for pay, spending or saving impact on individuals within the context of their household, in how inequalities and violence may arise within the household, and how policy and the socio-economic context can help ameliorate or worsen these inequalities. I am a Co-Investigator on the research project Gender and intra-household entitlements. A cross-national longitudinal analysis.

Along the same lines, I am interested in the Economics of Happiness and in approaches and theories that enrich the notions and working scope of well-being, mainly on the Capabilities Approach. I am currently involved in the Capabilities Measurement Project headed by Paul Anand.

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.


Santos, C. (2013) Costs of Domestic Violence: a life satisfaction approach, Fiscal Studies (forthcoming).

Himmelweit, S., Santos, C., Sevilla, A. and Sofer, C. (2013) Sharing of Resources within the Family and the Economics of Household Decision-making. Journal of Marriage and Family (forthcoming).

Anand, Paul and Santos, Cristina (2007) Violent Crime, Gender Inequalities and Well-Being: Models based on a Survey of Individual Capabilities and Crime Rates for England and Wales. Revue d'Economie Politique. ISSN 0373-2630.

Book chapters

de Henau, J., Himmelweit, S. and Santos, C. (2010) "Gender equality and taxation: A UK case study", in Taxation and Gender Equity, A Comparative Analysis of Direct and Indirect Taxes in Developing and Developed Countries, eds. Caren Grown and Imraan Valodia, Routledge/IDRC.

Anand, P. and Santos, C. (2009) "Violent crime, gender inequalities and well-being: models based on capabilities and crime data for England and Wales", in Gender and Well-Being in Europe, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, eds. Bernard Harris, Lina Gálvez and Helena Machado, Ashgate.

Anand, P., Santos, C. and Smith, R. (2008) The Measurement of Capabilities, in Choice, Welfare and Development, A Festschrift in honour of Amartya Sen, eds. Basu and Kanbur, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Work in Progress

Santos, C. (2007) Revisiting Age-earnings profiles: estimating age, period and cohort effects, (submitted).

Carneiro, P. and Santos, C. (2010) Correcting selection in age-earnings profiles, (work in progress).

Santos (2013) Another look at intrahousehold inequalities using HILDA, (work in progress).

Last updated: 22 April 2015