I was born in Lecce (Italy) where I spent my first eighteen years. Then I moved to Milan where I met Paola and I got my laurea at the Universita' "L. Bocconi", final dissertation on Wage differentials between Private and Public sectors. I worked as a researcher at the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti (FRDB) in Milan, with Prof. Tito Boeri.
Paola and I got married in Hackney, London, on May 4, 2006.
In July 2006 I joined the Department of Economics at Stanford University. From August 2010 to July 2011 I have been on leave at UC-Berkeley. From August 2012 to June 2013 I will be on leave at Columbia University as the Wesley Mitchell visiting professor. I will also be a regular visitor of the NY-Fed.
I am currently working on: Climate and development; Risk sharing and consumption insurance; Business literacy and formalization; Indirect and general equilibrium effects of aid policies; Demand estimation; Social interactions; Consumption inequality, Migration; Evaluation of ALMP’s.
My work has appeared in the American Economic Review, the AEJ: applied, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of the European Economic Association.
I teach Development Economics, Labor Economics, Economics of Human Resources, Advanced Econometrics and co-organize the Applications-Development Seminar.