I am a research fellow (Assegnista di Ricerca) in Economics at the University of Bologna under the supervision of Matteo Cervellati. I recently returned from a period as Visiting Research Fellow at Brown University, Providence (RI). I defended my PhD thesis (after 4 years) in autumn 2019 [Thesis committe: Klaus Desmet (SMU), David N. Weil (Brown)].
My thesis - broadly speaking - analyses the impact and features of the increasing worldwide spatial interconnectedness through the lens of (economic) history, focussing on India and Europe. By combining economic theory [a Quantitative Spatial model of pre-industrial Europe (Ch2), a Malthusian model with outmigration (Ch3)], econometrics [including a technical note on spatialRDDs combined with an R package (Ch1)], and different tools from GI science, 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.
These works on the intersection of Spatial Economics and Economic Development, touching upon urbanisation/agglomeration, migration, fertility, and the roots of gender inequality, are intended to open up my future research agenda.
More recently I began to work on (spatial) statistical problems that arise from the usage of highly disaggregated data with a geographic component (read: virutally any data) with large numbers of observations.
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.