Courses a.y. 2023/2024
I have been teaching principles and methodologies for empirical policy evaluation at both graduate and undergraduate level. I also like to give public lectures and teach short courses to policy makers and practitioners outside academia.
I am Dean of the Faculty at Bocconi University, Professor of Economics at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, and Endowed Chair in the Economic Analysis of Crime. I direct the CLEAN Unit for the Economic Analysis of Crime at the Baffi-Carefin Research Center and I am the Coordinator of Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti. Before moving to Milan, I obtained my Ph.D. from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2009, and I worked at the Research Department of the Bank of Italy between 2007 and 2011.
I hold an ERC Consolidator Grant for the project "Clean Evidence on Dirty Deeds" and I am the PI on the project “Dark Side of the Money”, funded by a PRIN Grant from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.
I am an applied economist with a strong interest in social phenomena that are relevant from both a scientific and a policy perspective, such as immigration, discrimination, crime, and mass media. I study these phenomena through the lens of economic principles and employing state-of-the-art econometric methods. My research has been published in leading scientific journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies. In 2016, I was awarded the “AEJ:Applied Economics” Best Paper Award by the American Economic Association.
Revealing stereotypes: Evidence from immigrants in schools
Revise & Resubmit, American Economic Review
There’s More to Marriage than Love: The Effect of Legal Status and Cultural Distance on Intermarriages and Separations
Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Political Economy
Job Displacement, Unemployment Benefits, and Domestic Violence
Revise & Resubmit, Review of Economic Studies
Making Subsidies Work: Rules vs. Discretion
Revise & Resubmit, Econometrica
Rules, Discretion, and Corruption in Procurement: Evidence from Italian Government Contracting
Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Political Economy Microeconomics
Fueling violence: Drug crackdown, oil thefts, and violence in Mexico
Revise & Resubmit, Economic Journal
The Effect of Job Loss and Unemployment Insurance on Crime in Brazil
Goals and gaps: educational careers of immigrant children
The political legacy of entertainment TV
THE AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW, 2019
Organized crime, violence, and politics
REVIEW OF ECONOMIC STUDIES, 2019
Clicking on heaven's door: the effect of immigrant legalization on crime
THE AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW, 2017
Legal status and the criminal activity of immigrants
AMERICAN ECONOMIC JOURNAL. APPLIED ECONOMICS, 2015
Trust, firm organization, and the pattern of comparative advantage
JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS, 2016
The causes and consequences of organised crime: preliminary evidence across countries
ECONOMIC JOURNAL, 2015
The economic costs of organised crime: evidence from Southern Italy
ECONOMIC JOURNAL, 2015
Politicians at Work. The Private Returns and Social Costs of Political Connections
JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION, 2013
Trust, regulation and market failures
THE REVIEW OF ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS, 2012
Do immigrants cause crime?
JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION, 2012