I am PhD candidate in Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. My research intersects the fields of quantitative Economic History, Labour Economics and Economic Geography. I am especially interested in how labour market institutions and policies affect long-term decisions of workers and firms, and how these can shape the economy’s growth trajectory. I am on the job market in 2022/23.
In my PhD thesis, I study the influence of centralised collective bargaining on human capital accumulation, internal migration, and on firms’ organisational and technological change in Italy between the 1960s and the 1980s.
After showing that sectoral collective agreements after 1969 caused a steep increase in minimum wage floors and a significant compression of the wage distribution, the thesis argues that the resulting modification of relative factor costs and alteration of economic incentives for workers and firms caused structural misallocations that continue to affect the Italian economy to this day.
By digitizing and harmonizing a vast range of printed statistical sources at a detailed geographical level, I have created new datasets of labour market variables spanning the period from the 1950s to the 1980s, with annual frequency, that extend further back in time than commonly available data, allowing the implementation of credible research design.