I am an ESRC-funded PhD student in Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. My primary research project studies connections between labour market institutions, technological change and firm-size distribution in Italy between 1950 and 1990. I also study the effect of minimum wage legislation on education and migration.
Before joining LSE, I graduated Master of Philosophy in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford (2016–2018), where I was a member of St Antony’s College. I also hold a BA in Economics and Management from LUISS University, Rome.
While at Oxford, I worked on population and transport in Italy since 1861. I built a new geodatabase of the Italian resident population at the municipal level in 1861-1991, which I used to study the evolution of the spatial distribution of the population and the impact of the railways. An extended version of this research has been published as a monograph in Italian (Rubbettino, 2021).
I have also published on economic development and regional divides, with a focus on Southern Italy and development policies since 1950. Other areas of research that I have explored are business and accounting history: I participated to a research project on business strategy adaptation to technological change through industrial paradigms, from Fordism to Industry 4.0, and I have co-authored a paper on the market for paintings in 17th-century Naples, based on primary accounting sources.
In my research I draw from growth theory, labour economics and economic geography, and I am interested in the creation and analysis of spatial data. I am passionate about big data in economics, micro data for history, and digital humanities.