Published Papers

Diversity and Neighbourhood Satisfaction

(with Alan Manning) Economic Journal, vol. 129 (2019), pp. 3219–3255.

Bridge Jobs in Europe

(with Giorgio BrunelloIZA Journal of Labour Policy, vol. 2 (2013), no. 11

Working Papers

The Measure of Monopsony (with Alan Manning, LSE) CEP DP here accepted at Journal of the European Economics Association

There has been increasing interest in recent years in monopsony in labour market.  This paper discusses how we can measure monopsony power combining insights from models based on both frictions and idiosyncrasies.  It presents some evidence from the UK and the US about how monopsony power varies across the wage distribution within markets, over the business cycle and over time.

Residential Mobility and Unemployment in the UK (with Alan Manning, LSE) CEP DP here R&R at Labour Economics

The UK has suffered from persistent regional differences in unemployment rates for many decades.  A low responsiveness of internal migration to unemployment is often argued to be an important cause of this problem. This work uses two UK data sets to investigate how unemployment affects residential mobility. We use detailed census flow data and panel survey data to analyse both outflows and inflows separately, as well as to study heterogeneities in the impact of economic shocks on moving flows.

Local Unemployment and Crime (with Tom Kirchmaier, LSE & CBS, and Alan Manning, LSE) CEP DP here R&R at The Economic Journal

How local is crime? And to what extent economic conditions in the area affect the probability to commit crime?

In this work we analyse those questions using a very detailed administrative data from the Greater Manchester Police Force. This data allows contains information on the location of the crime, which allows us to relate it to local economic conditions, and on the location of the offender. We study the patterns of crime locations and the extent to which offenders ‘commute’ to commit crimes, and how the two are affected by local economic conditions.

The Desired Destination of Wannabe Immigrants (with Alan Manning, LSE

We focus on understanding the role of both personal and aggregate income in shaping the demand for migration. We use data that is arguably close to reflecting the desires of migrants. Gallup World Poll (GWP) asks people whether they would like to move permanently to another country and, if so, which specific country that is. This will allow us to analyse the impact of income on both the willingness to migrate and on the indication of a preferred destination.

Accessing the top. High ranked universities and students' performance.

I study the impact of increased incentives to universities expansion in England on students’ academic performance. In 2012/13 and 2013/14 Students Number Controls (SNC) were modified, allowing universities to expand and potentially increasing the competition to attract new students. From the students’ point of view, the reform produced an exogenous increase in the probability of accessing high ranked institutions for the groups at the margin of the reforms. I use this exogenous variation to analyse the impact of an increased accessibility to high ranked (Russell Group) universities on students’ academic outcomes. I find that the probability of interrupting the course of initial enrolment increases for the students who got into a Russell group institution due to the SNC reform. 

Work in Progress

Spatial and Social Mobility (with Pawel Bukowski, LSE

Spatial Returns to Education (with Pawel Bukowski, LSE, and Guglielmo Ventura, UCL & LSE

Covid-19 and mismatch in UK Universities (with Gill Wyness, UCL; Jo Blanden, Surrey; Lindsey Macmillan, UCL; Stuart Campbell, UCL)

Trends in Violent Crimes in the UK (with Mirko Draca, Warwick

Other Works

Law, order ad austerity: Police numbers and crime in the 2010s 

Advantage, The Magazine of CAGE Research Centre, Summer 2020

Who Voted Leave? 

(with Alan Manning) CentrePiece CEPCP 479 (Previous version in LSE British Politics and Policy Blog also reported by Newsweek)

Data we used

Formazione, Capitale Umano e Politiche Pubbliche 

(with Giorgio Brunello) in Evoluzione e Riforma dell'Intervento Pubblico. Scritti in Onore di Gilberto Muraro, Giappicchelli, Torino (2013)

Italian Industrial Districts and the 2008 Recession

(with Giorgio Brunello) In: Belussi F., Hervas-Oliver JL. (eds) Agglomeration and Firm Performance. Advances in Spatial Science (The Regional Science Series). Springer, Cham