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Full Professor
Department of Economics

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Courses a.y. 2017/2018


Biographical note

Born December 1st, 1968. Degree in Economic and Social Sciences from Università Bocconi (1993). PhD in Economics, Harvard University (1999).

Academic CV

Fondazione Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi Chair in Development Economics. Vice-President, European Economic Association. Research Fellow of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER) and the European Development Research Network (EUDN). Network Coordinator of Policy Design and Evaluation Research (PODER, EC FP7 ITN).

Research areas

Development economics, political economics, public economics.

Selected publications

“Market-based Lobbying: Evidence from Advertising Spending in Italy” (with S. DellaVigna, R. Durante and B. Knight), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2016. “A Test of Racial Bias in Capital Sentencing” (with A. Alesina), American Economic Review, 2014. “Soap Operas and Fertility: Evidence from Brazil” (with A. Chong and S. Duryea), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2012. “A Generalized Index of Fractionalization” (with W. Bossert and C. D’Ambrosio), Economica, 2011. “Detecting Illegal Arms Trade” (with S. DellaVigna), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2010. “Diamonds Are Forever, Wars Are Not. Is Conflict Bad for Private Firms?”, (with M. Guidolin), American Economic Review, 2007. “Descent Rules and Strategic Transfers. Evidence from Matrilineal Groups in Ghana”, Journal of Development Economics, 2007. “Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance” (with A. Alesina), Journal of Economic Literature, 2005; "Preferences for Redistribution in the Land of Opportunities" (with A. Alesina), Journal of Public Economics, 2005 ; "Kin Groups and Reciprocity: A Model of Credit Transactions in Ghana", American Economic Review, 2003; "Inequality and Group Participation: Theory and Evidence from Rural Tanzania", Journal of Public Economics, 2002; "Who Trusts Others?" (with A. Alesina), Journal of Public Economics, 2002; "Participation in Heterogeneous Communities" (with A. Alesina), The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2000.