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Full Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

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Courses a.y. 2022/2023


Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

Born on April 4th, 1967. Bachelor in Economics from Università Bocconi. PhD in Economics from the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA).

Academic CV

Full Professor of Economics. Research Fellow at CEPR - Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. Research Fellow at CES-Ifo, Munich. Director of the research unit  APE-Analysis in Pension Economics of the Baffi-CAREFIN Center. Research fellow at IGIER - "Innocenzo Gasparini" Institute for Economic Research. Co-Editor of the European Journal of Political Economy and of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. Previously, he was a full professor of public economics at Università della Svizzera Italiana, Director of CEPRA (Center for Economic and Political Research on Aging), and an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Research areas

Political Economics. Public economics. Pension schemes.


  • “Positive Spillover from Negative Campaigning”, forthcoming, American Journal of Political Science, (with T. Nannicini & S. Nunnari)
  • "Gender Differences in COVID-19 Attitudes and Behavior: Panel Evidence from 8 Countries”, 2020, PNAS, (with P. Profeta, V. Pons et al.)
  • “The Politics of Aging and Retirement: Evidence from Swiss Referenda” forthcoming, Population Studies, (with P. Bello)
  • “Old Before Their Time: The Role of Employers In Retirement Decisions”, 2020, International Tax and Public Finance (with P. Bello)
  • “The Economic Effects of Electoral Rules: Evidence from Unemployment Benefits” 2019 Quarterly Journal of Political Science pp 259-291 (with S. Nunnari)
  • “When the state mirrors the family: The design of pension systems”, 2018, Journal of the European Economic Association (with P. Profeta)
  • “Political Selection under Alternative Electoral Rules” Public Choice, 2017, pp. 257–281 (with T. Nannicini)
  • “Information and Women’s Intentions: Experimental Evidence About Child Care”, 2017, European Journal of Population, pp. 109–128 (with P. Profeta, C. Pronzato and F. Billari)
  • “So Closed: Political Selection in Proportional Systems”, European Journal of Political Economy, 2015 (with T. Nannicini)
  • “How to combine the entry of young people in the labour market with the retention of older workers?”, 2014,  IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, 2014, pp. 3-19 (with W. Eichhorst, T. Boeri, A. De Coen, M. J Kendzia and N. Steiber)
  • “The Role of political partisanship during economic crises”, Public Choice, 2014.
  • “The Role of income effects in early retirement” Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2013 (con J.I. Conde-Ruiz e P. Profeta).
  • “The Political Economy of Flexicurity” Journal of the European Economic Association, 2012 (con T. Boeri e J.I. Conde-Ruiz),
  • “Competing on good politicians”, American Political Science Review, 2011, (con T. Nannicini).
  •  “Political Intergenerational Risk Sharing”, Journal of Public Economics, 2010, (con M. D'Amato).
  • “The Labor Market of Italian Politicians" (con A. Merlo, M. Landi e A. Mattozzi) in T.Boeri, A. Merlo and A. Prat (eds.) The Ruling Class, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • “The Euro and Structural Reforms,” (con A. Alesina e S. Ardagna) in A. Alesina and F Giavazzi (eds.) Europe and the Euro, University of Chicago Press and NBER, 2009.
  • “Investing for the old age: pensions, children and savings”, International Tax and Public Finance, 2009, (con R. Gatti e P. Profeta).
  • “Postponing retirement: the political push of aging”, Journal of Public Economics, 2008.
  • “Political Complements in the welfare state: Health Care and Social Security”, Journal of Public Economics, 2008, (con C. Bethencourt).
  • “The Political Future of Social Security in Aging Societies”, 2006, The MIT Press.
  • “Structural Reforms Without Prejudices”, 2006, edited con T. Boeri, M. Castanheira e R. Faini, Oxford University Press.
  • “Positive Arithmetic of the Welfare State”, Journal of Public Economics, 2005, (con J.I. Conde Ruiz).
  • “The Macroeconomics of Early Retirement”, Journal of Public Economics, 2004, (con J.I. Conde Ruiz).
  • “The Social Security Reform Process in Italy: where do we stand?”, Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 2004, (con A. Brugiavini).
  • “Lessons for an Aging Society: the Political Sustainability of Social Security Systems”, Economic Policy, 2004, (con P. Profeta).
  • “Early Retirement”, Review of Economic Dynamics, 2003, (con J. I. Conde Ruiz).
  • “Fiscal Constitutions”, Journal of Economic Theory, 103, 2002, (con C. Azariadis).
  • “The Political Economy of Social Security: a Survey” European Journal of Political Economy, 2002, (con P. Profeta).
  • “The U.S. Social Security System: What Does Political Sustainability Imply?”, Review of Economic Dynamics, 1999.