I am final-year PhD student in Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. My research interests intersect economic history, labour economics and economic geography.
In my work, I explore how policies and institutions affect markets, firms and individuals in the long run, with a special focus on Italy in the 20th century.
My job market paper assesses the impact of sector-level minimum wages on human capital investment. Building a new geographical historical dataset of minimum and effective wages, school enrolment and youth unemployment, I show that a minimum wage hike after 1969 provoked a temporary increase in early school leavers and a permanent shift in educational choices. I argue that this unintended effect caused a long-term drop in the potential human capital stock which explains up to 40% of Italy’s lag in educational attainment with respect to OECD countries. In the rest of the thesis I explore the influence of collective agreements on the geographical mobility of Italian workers, and on firms’ technological and organisational change.
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 geographical dataset 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 worked in the area of economic development and regional divides, with a focus on Southern Italy and development policies since 1950.