About me


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


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 Associate Professor of Economics at the Dept. of Economics & Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis” of the Univ. of Turin, and research affiliate at Collegio Carlo Alberto. I studied Political Science at Bachelor’s and Master’s level at the Univ. Federico II in Naples, the lovely city where I grew up and where I’ve learnt how to survive most other 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 between 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, 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 behavior.
I love riding my mountain and road bikes, swimming,  traveling, listening to music and playing it with my indie-rock band.

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Favourite movies: 

  • The consequences of love
  • This must be the place
  • 21 grams
  • Leon
  • Back to the future

Favourite quotations: 

  • Per la stessa ragione del viaggio. Viaggiare (De Andrè)
  • There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark (Pink Floyd)
  • And the things that keep us apart keep me alive, and the things that keep me alive keep me alone (Fink)

Favourite music

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