Expertise: International economics, development economics, applied economics
Biography:I am a Senior Economist at the Bank of Italy. I was previously Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin and am a Research Associate at the CEP, London School of Economics. I am an applied economist with a focus on international and development economics, and have also worked as an advisor to UniCredit Research as well as a consultant for the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the World Bank. I obtained myPhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Current Areas of Research:
My current research area focuses on two main streams: 1) macroeconomic questions using micro level data and 2) applied micro in the field of trade and of development.
Within the first stream of research I am currently working on the role of the banking and financial sector in explaining different productivity growth between eurozone countries by looking at the allocation of credit across firms. Moreover, I am also working on the productivity slowdown of Italy, what we call "the great unlearning", by identifying the drivers of firm level misallocation.
Within the second stream of research I am working on the trade effect of civil wars to neighbouring countries by focusing on the ongoing Syrian conflict and using firm level data for both Lebanese and Jordanian exporters. Moreover, I am working on the impact of energy access on education in developing countries, by running a randomised control trial in rural Kenya where we distributed solar lamps on 7th grade pupils.
- FEEM Award, European Economic Association (Paper: "The Price of Development: Revisiting the Penn-Balassa-Samuelson Effect")
- Coca-Cola Challenge, World Economic Forum (Project: "Powering Education")
The productivity puzzle and misallocation: an Italian perspective
Sara Calligaris, Massimo Del Gatto, Fadi Hassan, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano and Fabiano Schivardi
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