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I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in political economy and econometrics at the University of Verona. My background is in international and civil law. I am a former attorney and international consultant.  I have a PhD in economics (Collegio Carlo Alberto) and I am currently involved in a Horizon2020 project and a Jean Monnet Module.

A chapter of my doctoral thesis is published by the prestigious Journal of Institutional Economics (Cambridge University Press), and it is available at the following DOI. The paper uses a fancy instrumental variable (the epidemic disaster of phylloxera and the collapse of the wine market) to explain nowadays propensity of trade unions to litigate and, therefore, explain alternative dispute resolution mechanisms among French labor courts.

A second and third work analyze the role of attorneys in inducing long litigation among High courts and labor tribunals, using again two historical instrumental variables to cope with endogeneity issues.

The last work on courts’ efficiency concentrates the attention of the reader on the role of post colonial roots (in particular, using the known division between common and civil law countries) to explain differences among international criminal judges in the qualification of serious international crimes (genocide and crimes against humanity in particular). The paper highlights statistical significant differences between judicial panel majorities in determining the final verdict (guilty/not guilty) on the base of the historical existing institutional roots.

A second stream of research is related to a pure political economy problem and concentrates the attention on politicians, productivity, and electoral incentives.

I am currently refining a paper named Love never betrays. Deputies do. An empirical study of parliamentarians’ productivity at the time of bunga bunga which statistically analyzes lawmaking productivity. The paper uses an historical instrumental variable to explain betrayals among the members of the parliament and, in turn, how this affect legislative productivity.

A second paper analyzes three different Senatorial legislatures to understand potential determinants of re-election and political rent seeking.

I am also investigating (with a colleague) the role of the spritz cocktail in the expansion of Italy in the international market arena. This is gonna be good.

My current research agenda is particularly dense, but I am ready to discuss any collaboration for the future.   I am currently collecting data on the current pandemic shock to produce two empirical works on altruism and trust of others. Finally, regarding Justice efficiency, I am involved in a massive data collection on crimes and determinants of limitation period in Italy.

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