I am an Assistant Professor at Bocconi University, Department of Economics.

I am also a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Cesifo, the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER)Dondena, LEAP, and LICOS.


Research Interests

Economic History, Economic Growth and Development, Applied Microeconomics



Human Capital and Industrialization: Evidence from the Age of Enlightenment” (with N. Voigtländer). Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2015, 30(4): 1825-83.

--> Featured in ScienceThe EconomistFinancial TimesVoxeuHarvard Business Review

Global hunger: Food crisis spurs aid for poverty” (with A. Guariso and J. Swinnen). Nature, 2013, 501 (7468): 492.

Mixed Messages on Prices and Food Security” (with J. Swinnen). Science, 2012, 335(6067): 405- 406.

Supply Chains and Economic Development: Insights from the Indian Dairy Sector” (with E. Janssen, J. Swinnen, and A. Vandeplas). Food Policy, 2017, 68: 128-142.

Governance Quality and Net Migration Flows” (with A. Ariu and F. Docquier). Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2016, 60: 238–248.

Food Price Shocks and the Political Economy of Global Agricultural and Development Policy” (with A. Guariso and J. Swinnen). Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2014, 36(3): 387-415.

--> Winner of the Outstanding Journal Article Award.

The Balance of Brains: Corruption and High Skilled Migration” (with A. Ariu). EMBO Reports, 2013, 14: 502-504.

The Food Crisis, Mass Media and the Political Economy of Policy Analysis and Communication” (with J. Swinnen and T. Vandemoortele). European Review of Agricultural Economics, 2011, 38(3): 409-426.


The Economics of Chocolate (with J. Swinnen). Oxford University Press, 2016.


"Labor Unrest and Political Polarization: Evidence from 19th-Century France" (with A. Ariu)

Religiosity and Science  (with L. Ogliari and G. Lecce)


Bocconi University

20616 - Economics and Politics (2018-19 / 2019-20)

30313 - Economics of Institutions and Culture (2017-18 / 2018-19 /2019-20)

30466 - Culture, Institutions, and Development (2019-20)

30065 - Microeconomia (2017-18)


mara.squicciarini at

Department of Economics
Bocconi University
Via Rontgen 1
20136 Milano, Italy

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