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Staff Biography

[Photo: Olmo SILVA] Dr Olmo SILVA
Research Associate - Education and Skills, Urban Programme
Tel:  020 7955 6036
Email: o.silva@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: LSE  S506A

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Expertise: Applied Microeconometrics; Economics of Education; Economics of Entrepreneurship; Urban Economics.


Olmo Silva is a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE. He joined the Centre in September 2004 (as a Research Officer) and then moved to the Geography Department of the LSE, where he is currently Associate Professor. Olmo is the Research Director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC-LSE) and a Research Fellow of the IZA and CESifo networks. He received his BSc and MSc in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan, and earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the European University Institute, Florence. He also spent some time visiting University College London as a Marie Curie Visiting Fellow and Harvard University as a Visiting Scholar. His research concentrates on: the economics of education; the economics of entrepreneurship; urban and real estate economics.


  • PhD in Economics, European University Institute, Florence
  • MSc in Economics, Bocconi University, Milan
  • BSc in Economics, Bocconi University, Milan

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) - Research Director
  • Department of Geography and Environment - Associate Professor
  • IZA-Bonn - Research Fellow
  • CESifo-Munich - Research Fellow

Selected Publications:

See also Publications on LSE Research Online book
  • "Heterogeneous Agglomeration" (with G.Faggio and W.Strange); Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming.

  • "Choice, Competition and Pupil Achievement” (with S.Gibbons and S.Machin), Journal of the European Economic Association, vol. 6(4), pp. 912-947, 2008.

  • "Why So Many Local Entrepreneurs?" (with C.Michelacci), Review of Economics and Statistics, vol.89, 2007.

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