Education

Ph.D in Economics: 1994-97; University of York – Department of Economics

M. Sc. in Economics (with “distinction”): 1993-94; University of York – Department of Economics

BA in Economia Politica (cum laude): 1988-93; Università degli Studi di Trento

Academic career and teaching activities

2005 (Jan.) – present: Associate Professor at the University of Trento (Department of Economics and Management). 2014: Italian National Scientific Qualification (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) as Full Professor in Economics (Disciplinary Area 13/A1), valid from 04/02/2014 to 04/02/2020.

2000 (May) – 2005 (Jan.): lecturer at the University of Trento (Department of Economics). Jan.-Mar. 2001, visiting researcher at the Department of Economics - University College London.

1999 (Oct.) – 2000 (May) and 1998 (Jan. – Oct.): Post-doc Scholarship at the University of Trento – Department of Economics. Research Project: “Unemployment Risk, Labor Force Participation and Savings.”

1998 (Oct.) – 1999 (Oct.): Department of Economics – University College London - European Commission TMR (Training and Mobility of Researchers), “Marie Curie”. Research Project: “Ex-ante and ex-post effects of employment risk on savings and labour supply”. Supervisor: Prof. Richard Blundell.

Teaching Activity

Post-graduate, PhD:

2018- present: Advanced Microeconomics, PhD Program in Development Economics and Local Systems, University of Trento and University of Florence

2015-present: Labour Issues in Developing Countries, PhD Program in Development Economics and Local Systems, University of Trento and University of Florence

2012- 2015: Poverty Analysis and Policies, and Labour and Household Economics, PhD Program in Local Development and Global Dynamics, University of Trento.

2004-2012: Advanced Microeconomics, PhD Program “Economics and Management”, University of Trento.

Post-graduate, Master:

2011- present: Advanced Microeconomics, Master in Finance, Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento.

2016 - present: Introduction to Economics, Crash course for Master in Economics, Master in International Management and Master in Innovation Management, University of Trento

2010-2011: Microeconomics and game theory, Master in Economics, University of Trento.

Undergraduate:

2017 - present: Labour and household economics (third year students), Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento.

2012 - 2017: Market Analysis (first year students), Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento.

2001 - 2012: Microeconomics (second year students), Faculty of Economics, University of Trento.

2000 - 2004: Economic Data Analysis (first and second year students), Faculty of Economics, University of Trento.

Research interests

My research has concentrated mainly on households’ economic choices (consumption, savings, labour supply) and their consequences on welfare and inequality, both at a theoretical and empirical level, in developed (mainly Europeans) and developing countries. More precisely, I’ve been working in two main areas. First, I examined the evolution and causes of economic inequality between households (employment, income, health), with a focus on European countries. Second, I analysed specific problems of household choices in developing countries, such as ex-ante and ex-post risk-coping strategies, the use of remittances for consumption vs. human capital investment, the role of some psychological factors in determining poor people agency. Recent microeconometric techniques have been used in most of the papers, whereas few of them are based on qualitative research methods.

Research work

2014-2017: European project (FP7): “Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (STYLE)”; member of the research unit at the Department of Economics and Management – University of Trento. Coordinator: Jacquelin O’Reilly, University of Brighton.

2009-10: Research project: “Micro-determinants of Economic Development and the Sustainability of Growth”, Department of Economics, University of Trento, Foundation for Subsidiarity, Milan, and Training Centre for International Cooperation, Trento.

2006-08: National project (PRIN): “Micro and macroeconomic policies and their impact on inequality and poverty”; member of the research unit at the Department of Economics, University of Trento. Coordinator: Renata Targetti Lenti (University of Pavia).

2004-06: National project (PRIN): “Globalization, Income Distribution and Growth”, member of the research unit at the Department of Economics, University of Trento. Coordinator: Renata Targetti Lenti (University of Pavia).

2003-04: European project (FP5): “Advanced multidisciplinary analysis of new data on ageing (AMANDA)”; member of the research unit at the Department of Economics - Università “Ca’ Foscari”, Venic. Coordinator: Axel Börsch-Supan, Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA), University of Mannheim.

2002-03: National project (PRIN): “Health, retirement and portfolio choices”, member of the research unit at the Department of Economics, University of Padua. Coordinator: Tullio Jappelli (University of Salerno).

1998-2001: European project (FP4): “Structural analysis of household savings and wealth positions over the life cycle”, member of the research unit at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK). Coordinator: Arie Kapteyn, Center for Economic Research, Tilburg University (NL).

Memberships in societies and scientific committees

Institutional Committees

2017-present: Member of the Executive Committee, Doctoral Program in Development Economics and Local Systems, University of Trento and University of Florence.

2005-2010: Member of the CIFREM (Centro Interdipartimentale per la Formazione in Economia e Management) Scientific Committee – University of Trento.

Scientific committees of Conferences and Summer Schools

2018: Member of the Scientific Committee of the Annual Conference of the International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation (IWPLMS) to be held in Trento, September 2018.

2017: Member of the Scientific Committee of the Annual Conference in Memory of Valeria Solesin, with the assignment of a best paper award (organized jointly by the Universities of Trento, Cà Foscari - Venice, Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne); held in Trento, January 29, 2018.

2010: Member of the Scientific Committee of the Summer Workshop in Development Economics (organized jointly by the Universities of Trento, Verona, Salerno and Bread)

Doctoral programmes participation

2014-present: Member of the Faculty College, Doctoral Program in Development Economics and Local Systems, University of Trento and University of Florence. 

2012-2014: Member of the Faculty College, Doctoral Program in Local Development and Global Dynamics, University of Trento.

2005-2012: Member of the Faculty College, Doctoral Program in Economics and Management, University of Trento.

 

Awards and honours

1997: "Sir Austin Robinson" memorial prize for the best paper presented by a young economist at the annual meeting of the Royal Economic Society.

Conferences and lectures

2018: Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS) International Conference, Milan (IT), July 9-11. 39th annual conference of the International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation (IWPLMS), Trento (IT), September 6-7.

2017: 25th annual Workshop Transition in Youth (TIY), Brussels (BE), September 13-16. 38th annual conference of the International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation (IWPLMS), Manchester (UK), September 13-15.

2016: 57th Annual Conference of Italian Society of Economists (SIE), Milan, October 20-22. 31st National Conference of the Italian Association of Labour Economics (AIEL), Trento, September 22-23; 24th annual Workshop Transition in Youth (TIY), Trento, September 7-10; 37th annual conference of the International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation (IWPLMS), Barcelona (ES), July 6-8.

2015: Sixth meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ), Luxembourg (BE), July 13-15. Annual Meeting Society for the Advancement of Socio Economics (SASE), London (UK), July 1-4. Second Annual Meeting Italian Development Economists Association (SITES-IDEAS), Firenze (Italy), September 24-25.

2014: First Annual Meeting Italian Development Economists Association (SITES-IDEAS), Firenze (Italy), September 11-12.

2013: Fifth meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ), Catania (Italy), July 18-20.

2012: Annual Meeting Italian Society of Economists (SIE), Matera (Italy).

2011: IARIW-OECD Conference on Economic Insecurity, Paris (France), November 22-23. Fourth meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ), Catania (Italy), July 18-20.

 

Other work

Referee Activities

Referee for the following scientific journals: Economic Journal, Economia e Lavoro, Economia Politica, European Sociological Review, Giornale degli Economisti, International Labour Review, Journal of Applied Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of Research in Gender Studies, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy; Metroeconomica, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Research in Economics, Review of Economics of the Household.

Support to policy making activities and other dissemination activities in recent years

  • Presentation of a new index to measure insecurity of employment trajectories at the Employment Committee Indicators Group (EMCO-IG) of the European Commission, Bruxelles (BE), September 15, 2015.
  • Presentation at the conference “Inequalities, Neoliberalism and European Integration: Progressive Answers”, organised by Nicos Poulantzas Institute, think tank affiliated to SYRIZA and part of the network “transform! Europe”. Athens, November 25, 2017.
  • Discussion of the annual report: “Economic development in the Autonomous Provinces of Trento and Bolzano”, Bank of Italy, Trento branch, Trento, June 14, 2017
  • Meeting with representatives of local institutions to discuss results and policy implications of the European project on Youth Unemployment in Europe (Style). Instituions involved: Agenzia del Lavoro – Trento, Agenzia provinciale per la famiglia, la natalità e le politiche giovanili – Trento; Direzione Generale Cultura, Formazione e Lavoro, Regione Emilia-Romagna, Veneto Lavoro (Mestre – Venezia); Trento, June 19, 2017 (similar meetings were held also in 2016 and 2015)