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RESEARCH

Published Papers

Diversity and Neighbourhood Satisfaction

(with Alan Manning) Economic Journal, forthcoming (previous version here)

Bridge Jobs in Europe

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

Work in Progress

Residential Mobility and Unemployment in the UK (with Alan Manning) CEP DP here

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 and Alan Manning)

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.

Introduction of Universal Credit and Crime (with Mirko Draca and Tom Kirchmaier)

The Universal Credit system is a new comprehensive benefit payment system that has been introduced in the UK since 2013. There has been a huge debate on the potential implications of the introduction of the new systems, as there have been claims that the timing and the system of the payments, and other features of the new system may have a huge impact on some socio-economic dimensions for the recipients. Still there is limited empirical evidence in this respect.

This work focuses on studying some socio-economic dimensions related to the changes in the system. We will then focus on the impact of the switch to the new system on crime rates. This new system has been gradually introduced in different JobCentre areas at different points in time and targeting gradually different subpopulations. We will exploit this pattern to identify the effect of the new system on the outcomes. 

University entry requirements and performance at university

The reform of 2012-13 tripled the fees for domestic students to attend an undergraduate programme in England, while at the same time changing the quota system for university enrolments. I am using administrative data on English students throughout their whole academic path to first describe in detail the changes that the reform produced, and then I will exploit changes in the quota system to identify the impact that these changes potentially had on academic outcomes as dropouts, changes in majors, and graduation rates on the students’ side, and on universities investments and spending choices on the institutions’ side

Other Works

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

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

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)