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I am an applied economist whose research interests are at the intersection of public and gender economics. I am interested in the study of inequality, especially from the gender angle, its causes and the role of policy in addressing it.
In my research I rely on a mix of applied theory and empirical methods to explore policy relevant questions. I use administrative data to document the extent and explore drivers of gender inequality along the distribution, with a special focus on the top and on the role of firms. I investigate the under-representation of women in elite professions, looking at politics and academia. To study sources of inequality in the economics profession, I use text as data and tools of Natural Language Processing to uncover sources of bias.
I am Associate Professor of Public Economics at Bocconi University and member of the Dondena Research Center on Social Dynamics and Public Policy, where I coordinate the newly extablished Social Inclusion Lab (SILab).
Since September 2022 I am the Academic Director of the World Bachelor in Business, a triple degree program developed by Bocconi, USC University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and HKUST the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
I am member of the Editorial Board of the information site www.lavoce.info and Managing Editor since 2020.
I received a D.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a MSc in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University.
Accepted for publication: Heterogeneity in parental time with children: Trends by gender and education between 1961 and 2012 across twenty countries, with N. Balbo, A. Sommacal and E. Altintas, 2023, European Sociological Review.
New working paper: Research similarity and women in academia, with Piera Bello and Debora Nozza, CESIfo wp 10657, September 2023
I received funding from the Italian Ministry of University for a PRIN project on "BREAK THE BIAS: new data and methods to investigate the presence and impact of gender stereotypes on economic outcomes", together with researchers at the Department of Economics, University of Bergamo.
I coordinate at Bocconi a large scale project on Social Inclusion within the MUSA -(Multilayered Urban Sustainability Action) project, funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU, under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, 2022-2025. Have a look at our projects.
Accepted for publication: What Firms Do: Gender Inequality in Linked Employer-Employee Data, with Salvatore Lattanzio, 2023, Journal of Labor Economics
Just published: Behind the Child Penalty: What Contributes to the Labour Market Costs of Motherhood, with Salvatore Lattanzio, 2023, Journal of Population Economics
Just published: Child Care Costs, Household Liquidity Constraints and Gender Inequality, with Elena del Rey and Jose I. Silva, 2023, Journal of Population Economics