I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Economics at the University of Exeter in the UK. I am also a Research Affiliate at IZA. I received my undergraduate and master degree in Economics from the University of Turin in Italy, and my Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University in the US. I then worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Vanderbilt University in the US. Previously, I worked as a consultant and a researcher for several institutions, including the Development Research Group (DEC) and the Africa Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) at the World Bank, CeRP – Collegio Carlo Alberto, and LISER. I am an applied microeconomist with interests in LGBTQ issues, Machine Learning, Gender, and Education.
My research has appeared in leading economic journals, including the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Banking & Finance, the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, the Economics of Education Review, PLOS ONE, Small Business Economics, and the Journal of Development Studies. In addition, I presented my research at international conferences such as the Annual Meetings of the American Economic Association, the Society of Labor Economists, the Royal Economic Society, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the Centre for the Study of African Economies, as well as in academic seminars at universities around the world. My research has received mainstream media coverage from, among the others, The Economics, The Guardian, and Forbes.
As an instructor, I taught several introductory economic courses for undergraduates at the University of Exeter and Georgetown University, as well as a math course for incoming Ph.D. students at Georgetown University. I also taught a course at a summer school on Gender Economics for the International Labour Organization.
Related publications: “LGBTQ Economics” freely available from https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/jep.35.2.141
Related book: “The economic case for LGBT equality” by Lee Badgett https://www.leebadgett.com/theeconomiccase