I am a research fellow in economics at the University of Bologna. I defended my PhD thesis (after 4 years) in autumn 2019 [external committee: Klaus Desmet (SMU), David N. Weil (Brown)].
My thesis analyzes certain impacts and features of the increasing worldwide spatial interconnectedness through the lens of (economic) history. The focus lies on India and Europe. Broadly speaking, in my research I aim to contribute to the age-old question of “Why are some countries rich and others not?”. The most fascinating and exciting unresolved issue in all of economics to me.
I see my future research agenda on the intersection of spatial economics and economic development, touching upon urbanization/agglomeration, migration, fertility, and the roots of gender inequality.
More recently I began to work on statistical problems that arise from the usage of spatially disaggregated data.
After a visiting period at Brown in 2018, I will be visiting the Spatial Center at the University of Chicago in fall 2021. Currently I am the holder of the biennial Young Researcher Award of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). Here you can find a copy of my CV.
PhD in Economics, 2019
University of Bologna
MSc in Economics, 2015
Some random links and resources
Currently I am working on an R-package to implement mutliple Spatial-, or Geographic Regression Discontinuity Design estimation strategies.
It is called SpatialRDD and a development version is available on Github.
Resources for courses I co-taught or TA’d