Main research interests

Labour Economics, Health Economics, Applied Micro-Econometrics.

Selected Publications and Working Papers

“Locus of control and its intergenerational implications for early childhood skill formation", with Warn N. Lekfuangfu, Nele Warrinnier and Nattavudh Powdthavee, Economic Journal, forthcoming.


“Mental Health and Education Decisions”, with Elena Crivellaro and Sandra McNally, Labour Economics, Volume 33, April 2015, Pages 1–12.

“What predicts a successful life? A Life-Course Model of Well-Being”, with Richard Layard, Nick Powdthavee, Andrew Clark and James Vernoit, Economic Journal, 2014, 124 (November), F720-F738.

“Crime and Mental Wellbeing”, with Andrew Leigh and Naomi Feldman, Journal of Human Resources, Winter 2014, vol. 49, no. 1, 110-140.

“Taxes, Cigarette Consumption, and Smoking Intensity: Reply”, with Jérôme Adda, American Economic Review, 103(7), 2013, 3102-14.

“The Effect of Bans and Taxes on Passive Smoking”, with Jérôme Adda, American Economic Journal – Applied Economics, vol. 2, No.1, January 2010, 1-32.

“Prices, Cigarette Consumption and Smoking Intensity”, with Jérôme Adda, American Economic Review, Vol. 96, No. 4, September 2006, 1013-1028.


Chapters in Books/Conference Volumes

- “The Innovative Activities of Multinational Firms in Italy”, chapter 10 in Multinational Firms and impact on employment, trade and technology, with G. Balcet, edited by R. Lipsey and J-L Mucchielli, Harwood Press, 2001.

- “Job Creation and Job Destruction”, in Labour Mobility and Wage Dynamics in Italy, with C.Malpede, LABORatorio R.Revelli, Rosenber & Sellier, 2002.

- “The Impact of the Italian CFL Program on Job Opportunities for Young People”, with B.Contini, C.Malpede and E.Rettore in Pension Policy in an Integrating Europe, edited by E. Fornero and O. Castellino, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2003.

- “The Effect of Taxes and bans on Passive Smoking”, British Academy Review, issue 11, 2008.

- “Taxes, Cigarette Consumption, and Smoking Intensity”, in The Economics Of Health Behaviours, Edited by John Cawley and Donald S. Kenkel, Vol.III, part 2, 2008.