I am an economist whose areas of interest cover theoretical and empirical aspects of Development Finance, International Trade and Migration. My current research explores the link between foreign aid and migration, especially the effect of foreign aid and other forms of development finance on illegal migration flows.
I've recently been awarded a European PhD in Economics, Doctor Europaeus, at the University of Pisa under the supervision of Prof. Giorgia Giovannetti (EUI and University of Florence) with a thesis on International Trade, whose first chapter was written while I was a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia. The thesis committee was composed of Prof. Alasdair Smith (University of Sussex), Prof. De Arcangelis (University of Rome) and Prof. Juan Dolado (EUI). My doctoral research explored the link between trade and migration. The job market paper – which investigates how the pro-trade effect of immigrants varies with the quality of traded products – has recently been accepted for publication (with major revisions) by The World Economy.
In my career thus far I have participated in several successful research projects on development finance and migration studies for many international institutions, such as FERDI in Clermont-Ferrand (France) and IEMED in Barcelona (Spain). Some of these collaborations culminated in recent publications in volumes, such as 'Financing development in risky contexts' in Financing sustainable development by addressing vulnerabilities (2015) edited by Boussichas, M., and Guillaumont, P. and published by FERDI in collaboration with the EUI and IHEID.