Jérôme Adda earned his Ph.D in Economics at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) after studying biology at AgroParisTech and economics and statistics at ENSAE in Paris. He is a professor of Economics at Bocconi since 2014, where he served as Vice-Rector between 2018 and 2022. Prior to that he was a professor at the European University Institute (Florence), as well as a Professor at University College London. He has been a visiting Associate Professor at the economics department at Berkeley in 2006-07.

He was a managing editor for the Review of Economic Studies, 2013-2017 and served again in 2021.

His research interests include Health Economics, Labor Economics and Macroeconomics. His main contributions have been on the effect of public policies on health behavior, the analysis of the spread of diseases, the links between income and health, the role of human capital on career choices and wage growth over the life cycle. Many of his papers have been published in journals such as the JPE, the AER, the QJE, ReStud, PNAS as well as journals in other disciplines.

Preventing the Spread of Antibiotic ResistanceThere's More to Marriage than Love: The Effect of Legal Status and Cultural Distance on Intermarriages and SeparationsThe Career Costs of ChildrenThe Health Toll of Import CompetitionEconomic Activity and the Spread of Viral Diseases: Evidence from High Frequency DataCrime and the Depenalization of Cannabis Possession: Evidence from a Policing ExperimentThe Impact of Income Shocks on Health: Evidence from Cohort DataCareer Progression, Economic Downturns, and SkillsThe Role of Mothers and Fathers in Providing Skills: Evidence from Parental DeathsTaxes, Cigarette Consumption, and Smoking IntensityThe Effect of Taxes and Bans on Passive SmokingBehavior towards health risks: An empirical study using the “Mad Cow” crisis as an experiment