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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

Commuting for 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.

Income and the Desire to Migrate (with Alan Manning, LSE) CEP DP here

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

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