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Assistant Professor
Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management

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Courses a.y. 2017/2018


Biographical note

Born in 1978 in Italy, married, two daughters

Academic CV

Starting in 2011 I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management at Bocconi University, a Fellow of the Paolo Baffi Center, and a researcher at Dondena. In 2013 I have been awarded the Franco Modigliani fellowship by Unicredit & Universities Foundation, and a research grant by the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance.

Before joining Bocconi I got a Ph.D. in economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2009 and I worked at the research department of the Bank of Italy from 2007 to 2011.

Research areas

Applied econometrics, political economics, economics of crime, immigration

Selected publications

Journal articles: Clicking on Heaven's Door: The Effect of Immigrant Legalization on Crime, American Economic Review; The Economics of Organized Crime: Preliminary Evidence Across Countries, Economic Journal; Legal Status and The Criminal Activity of Immigrants  (with Giovanni Mastrobuoni), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics; The Economic Consequences of Organized Crime: Evidence from Southern Italy, Economic Journal; Politicians at Work. The Private Returns and Social Costs of Political Connections (with F. Cingano), Journal of the European Economic Association; Trust, Regulation and Market Failures, The Review of Economics and Statistics; Do Immigrants Cause Crime? (with M. Bianchi and P. Buonanno), Journal of the European Economic Association; Delayed Privatization (with B. Bortolotti), Public Choice

Contributions to books: Democratization and Civic Capital (with Luigi Guiso), in G. Toniolo (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Italian Economy since Unification, Oxford University Press (2013); Organized Crime, Violence and the Quality of Politicians: Evidence from Southern Italy, in P. Cook, S. Machin, O. Marie and G. Mastrobuoni (eds.), Lessons from the Economics of Crime: What Works in Reducing Offending?, MIT Press (2013); Advances in the Econometrics of Crime (with Giovanni Mastrobuoni), in G.J.N. Bruinsma and D.L. Weisburd (eds.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Springer, forthcoming