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Tommaso Nannicini

Full-time Professor

Florence School of Transnational Governance

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Italian, English

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Tommaso Nannicini

Full-time Professor

Florence School of Transnational Governance


Tommaso Nannicini is a full-time Professor at the EUI holding a Chair in Political Economy at the School of Transnational Governance (STG). He is currently on leave from Bocconi University, where he is also full Professor of Political Economy. His research interests encompass political economy, applied econometrics, comparative politics, labour and social policy.

After majoring in Political Science at the University of Florence (B.A.) and in Economics at Bocconi University (M.A.), he received his PhD in Economics from the EUI in 2005. Afterwards, he was an assistant professor at Carlos III University of Madrid, a visiting professor at Harvard University, and a visiting scholar at MIT, the International Monetary Fund, and Pompeu Fabra.

Professor Nannicini has published in top peer-reviewed international journals such as the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, and the American Journal of Political Science, among many others. In 2014, he received a Consolidator ERC Grant for the project: “Political Mind: Understanding Politicians’ and Voters’ Behavior.”

He also served in the Italian government as the Chief Economic Advisor of the Prime Minister, Undersecretary of State, and Senator. In that capacity, he has worked on various issues such as labour market reform, pension reform, social dialogue with trade unions and employers’ organisations, antipoverty policies, tax design and administration, and research policy. As a Senator, he has chaired the Bicameral Committee on Pension and Welfare Agencies.

At the STG, Professor Nannicini teaches “Topics in Economics for Policy” (introductory microeconomics) and “Big & Smart Data Analysis” (quantitative methods), both at the master's and the executive level. He also supervises PhD students at the EUI Economics and SPS departments.

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  1. “Positive Spillovers from Negative Campaigning” (with V. Galasso and S. Nunnari), American Journal of Political Science, 67 (2023), 5-21
  2. “Historical Roots of Political Extremism: The Effects of Nazi Occupation of Italy (with N. Fontana and G. Tabellini), Journal of Comparative Economics, 51 (2023), 723-743
  3. “Demand Shocks and Firm Investment: Micro-Evidence from Fiscal Retrenchment in Italy” (with D. Coviello, I. Marino, and N. Persico), Economic Journal, 132 (2022), 437-470
  4. “Policies in Hard Times: Assessing the Impact of Financial Crises on Structural Reforms” (with G. Gokmen, M. Onorato, and C. Papageorgiou), Economic Journal, 131 (2021), 2529-2552
  5. “Regression Discontinuity Designs Based on Population Thresholds: Pitfalls and Solutions” (with A.C. Eggers, R. Freier, and V. Grembi), American Journal of Political Science, 62 (2018), 210-229
  6. “Political Selection under Alternative Electoral Rules” (with V. Galasso), Public Choice, 171 (2017), 257-281
  7. “Moderating Political Extremism: Single Round vs. Runoff Elections under Plurality Rule” (with M. Bordignon and G. Tabellini), American Economic Review, 106 (2016), 2349-2370
  8. “Do Fiscal Rules Matter?” (with V. Grembi and U. Troiano), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8 (2016), 1-30
  9. “How Do Voters Respond to Information? Evidence from a Randomized Campaign” (with C. Kendall and F. Trebbi), American Economic Review, 105 (2015), 322-353
  10. “So Closed: Political Selection in Proportional Systems” (with V. Galasso), European Journal of Political Economy, 40 (2015), 260-73
  11. “Meet the Press: How Voters and Politicians Respond to Newspaper Entry and Exit” (with F. Drago and F. Sobbrio), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6 (2014), 159-188
  12. “The Political Resource Curse” (with F. Brollo, R. Perotti, and G. Tabellini), American Economic Review, 103 (2013), 1759-1796
  13. “Social Capital and Political Accountability” (with A. Stella, G. Tabellini, and U. Troiano), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 5 (2013), 222-250
  14. “Assessing Economic Liberalization Episodes: A Synthetic Control Approach” (with A. Billmeier), Review of Economics and Statistics, 95 (2013), 983-1001
  15. “Do Better Paid Politicians Perform Better? Disentangling Incentives from Selection” (with S. Gagliarducci), Journal of the European Economic Association, 11 (2013), 369-398
  16. Tying Your Enemy’s Hands in Close Races: The Politics of Federal Transfers in Brazil” (with F. Brollo), American Political Science Review, 106 (2012), 742-761
  17. “Competing on Good Politicians” (with V. Galasso), American Political Science Review, 105 (2011), 79-99
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