Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute (2005). Master in Economics from Bocconi University (1999). B.A. in Political Sciences from the University of Florence (1998).
Full Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences. On leave since March 23, 2018 because of parliamentary appointment (Italian Senate).
Political economics, applied econometrics, comparative politics, labor economics, public economics.
"Regression Discontinuity Designs Based on Population Thresholds: Pitfalls and Solutions" (with A.C. Eggers, R. Feier and V. Grembi), American Journal of Political Science, 2018; "Moderating Political Extremism: Single Round vs. Runoff Elections under Plurality Rule" (with M. Bordignon and Guido Tabellini) American Economic Review, 2016; "Do Fiscal Rules Matters?", (with V. Grembi and U. Troiano), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2016; "How Do Voters Respond to Information? Evidence from a Randomized Campaign" (with C. Kendall and F. Trebbi), American Economic Review, 2015; "Meet the Press: How Voters and Politicians Respond to Newspaper Entry and Exit" (with F. Drago and F. Sobbrio), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2014; "The Political Resource Curse" (with F. Brollo, R. Perotti and G. Tabellini), American Economic Review, 2013; "Assessing Economic Liberalization Episodes: A Synthetic Control Approach" (with A. Billmeier), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2013; "Do Better Paid Politicians Perform Better? Disentangling Incentives from Selection" (with S. Gagliarducci), Journal of the European Economic Association, 2013; "Social Capital and Political Accountability" (with A. Stella, G. Tabellini and U. Troiano), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2013; "Tying Your Enemy's Hands in Close Races: The Politics of Federal Transfers in Brazil" (with F. Brollo), American Political Science Review, 2012; "Competing on Good Politicians" (with V. Galasso), American Political Science Review, 2011; "Electoral Rules and Politicians' Behavior: A Micro Test" (with S. Gagliarducci and P. Naticchioni), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2011; "Moonlighting Politicians" (with S. Gagliarducci and P. Naticchioni), Journal of Public Economics, 2010.