top of page


I am Avv. Giovanni Agnelli Associate Professor, at Bocconi University, Department of Economics. 

I am also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and Cesifo, and Research Affiliate at the IGIERPericles, LEAP, and LICOS.

I was recently awarded an ERC starting grant on the topic "Education, Diversity, Innovation, and Politics."


Research Interests

Economic History, Economic Growth and Development, Applied Microeconomics

Home: research


Economic History, Political Economy, and Development:

Technology Adoption and Productivity Growth: Evidence from Industrialisation in France”  (with R. Juhász and N. Voigtländer). Forthcoming at Journal of Political Economy

(Online Appendix)

--> Featured in Voxeu, UCLA Anderson Review

"Spatial and Historical Drivers of Fake News Diffusion: Evidence From Anti-Muslim Discrimination in India(with S. Abraham, G. Lanzara, S. Lazzaroni, and P. Masella). Journal of Urban Economics 2024, 141: 103613

(Online Appendix)

"Birth and Migration of Scientists: Does Religiosity Matter? Evidence from 19th-Century France" (with L. Ogliari and G. Lecce). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 2021, 187: 274-28

Devotion and Development: Religiosity, Education, and Economic Progress in 19th-century France” American Economic Review, 2020, 110(11): 3454-3491 (Online Appendix) (Data: AEA openICPSR Repository)

--> Winner of the Young Italian Economist Award 

--> Featured in AEA Research HighlightsLe MondeVoxeu

--> Reply to Kelly (2021)

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

--> Featured in ScienceThe EconomistFinancial TimesVoxeuHarvard Business Review

Food Policy and Migration:

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.

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

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

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

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.

Home: Teaching

Bocconi University

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

30313 - Economics of Institutions and Culture (2017-18 / 2018-19 /2019-20 /2020-21)

30466 - Culture, Institutions, and Development (2019-20 / 2020-21)

30065 - Microeconomia (2017-18)

Home: CV
bottom of page