About me


Associate Professor of Economics @ Dept. of Economics & Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis”, University of Turin, Turin (IT)

National Habilitation to Full Professor in Economics (Economia Politica), Economic Policy (Politica Economica) and Public Economics (Scienza delle finanze) – MIUR, 2021 

Research Fellow @ Collegio Carlo Alberto

Founder and Director of CLOSER – Center for LabOratory Simulations and Experimental Research (Univ. of Turin).

Visiting periods:

  • Visiting research scholar @ Duke University, Durham NC USA (SSRI-DUPRI-ECON) – Jan-June 2018
  • Visiting research scholar @ Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona ES – Sept. 2017


  • PhD Economic Theory and Institutions – University of Rome “Tor Vergata” –  Sept. 2011.
  • Visiting Research Student – The Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) – 2009-2011
  • MSc Development Economics & Int. Cooperation – University of Rome “Tor Vergata” – 2007-2008.
  • MA International Relations and Diplomacy – University of Naples “Federico II” – 2005-2007.
  • BA Political Science – University of Naples “Federico II” – 2002-2005.

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I’m an Associate Professor of Economics at the Dept. of Economics & Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis” of the Univ. of Turin, and a research fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto. I studied Political Science at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels at the Univ. Federico II in Naples, the lovely city where I grew up and where I’ve learned how to survive most places of the world.
Then I received the MSc in Development Economics and the PhD in Economic Theory & Institutions at the Univ. of Rome “Tor Vergata”.
Although I was trained as an economist, my research topics are at the intersection of different social sciences.
They include social preferences (e.g., trust, altruism, cooperation), subjective well-being, happiness, and development (e.g., microfinance, civil war, and natural disasters).
I use experimental- and applied-economics methods such as fieldworks, survey/lab-in-the-field/lab-experiments, policy evaluation tools, and analysis of survey data.
I founded and currently lead CLOSER (Center for LabOratory Simulations and Experimental Research) with the aim of bringing together psychologists, sociologists, and economists for a broader understanding of human behaviour.
In 2021, I received the national habilitation to Full Professor in Economics, Economic Policy and Public Economics.
Talking about more serious things, I love riding my mountain and road bikes, swimming, traveling, writing, listening to music, and playing guitar alone and with my band.

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  • Music (songwriter and guitar player)
  • Biking (road and mountain)
  • Swimming
  • Travelling
  • Writing

Favourite music

Prog-Rock, Post-Rock, Post-Punk, Indie-Rock, Intelligent Electronic.