I am a Fellow by Special Election at Exeter College and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Economics. I am Italian and I grew up in a small city in the green heart of Italy, Umbria. I moved to Milan to begin academic studies and, in May 2019, I completed my PhD in Economics and Finance at the Catholic University of the Sacred Hearth. Before, I studied Economics both in my undergraduate and master’s degree at the University of Milan-Bicocca.

Research

My research area is Macroeconomics. I am currently working with Heterogeneous Agents Models that are a perfect tool to study an issue that interests me a lot: inequality. In recent years, this topic has reached the forefront of the public and economic debate. Indeed, during the last decades, many developed countries experienced a surge in income and wealth inequality.

The figure displays the dynamic of the Gini Coefficient for income in different developed countries starting from 1980. Data are taken from the World Inequality Database

 

Understanding what drives inequality is not trivial, many causes are at work at the same time. In a recent co-authored paper, we show that a decline in the extent of competition among firms can explain an important part of the observed rise in income inequality in the USA.