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[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.

Biography:

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.

Education:

  • 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:

  • "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.

CEP Publications

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CEP Discussion Paper
What’s in a Name? Expectations, Heuristics and Choice During a Period of Radical School Reform Marco Bertoni, Stephen Gibbons and Olmo Silva
April 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1477:
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JEL Classification: I21; H75; C23; D03


Tags: school reform; choice and autonomy; parental preferences; heuristic-based decision making

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CEP Discussion Paper
Academies 2: The New Batch Andrew Eyles, Stephen Machin and Olmo Silva
September 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1370:
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JEL Classification: I20; I21; I28


Tags: academies; pupil intake

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Neighbourhood Turnover and Teenage Attainment Stephen Gibbons, Olmo Silva and Felix Weinhardt
August 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0163:
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JEL Classification: C21; I20; R23


Tags: education; neighbourhood; turnover; social capital


This paper has been published as:
'Neighbourhood Turnover and Teenage Attainment', Stephen Gibbons, Olmo Silva and Felix Weinhardt,Journal of the European Economic Association, Volume 15, Issue 4, 1 August 2017
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Heterogeneous Agglomeration Giulia Faggio, Olmo Silva and William C. Strange
January 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0152:
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JEL Classification: R00; R28


Tags: agglomeration; microfoundations; heterogeneity; clusters

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CEP Special Report
School Structure, School Autonomy and the Tail Stephen Machin and Olmo Silva
March 2013
Paper No' CEPSP29:
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Homeownerhip and Entrepreneurship Philippe Bracke, Christian Hilber and Olmo Silva
April 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0103:
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JEL Classification: L26; D14; G11; R21


Tags: entrepreneurship; homeownership; panel estimation

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Valuing School Quality Using Boundary Discontinuities Stephen Gibbons, Stephen Machin and Olmo Silva
January 2012
Paper No' CEEDP0132:
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JEL Classification: C21; I20; H75; R21


Tags: house prices; school quality; boundary discontinuities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Do Neighbours Affect Teenage Outcomes? Evidence from Neighbourhood Changes in England Stephen Gibbons, Olmo Silva and Felix Weinhardt
November 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0063:
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JEL Classification: C21; I20; H75; R23


Tags: neighbourhood effects; cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes; secondary schools

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Do Neighbours Affect Teenage Outcomes? Evidence from Neighbourhood Changes in England Stephen Gibbons, Olmo Silva and Felix Weinhardt
November 2010
Paper No' CEEDP0122:
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JEL Classification: C21; I20; H75; R23


Tags: neighbourhood effects; cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes; secondary schools

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CentrePiece Article
What works in primary schools? Olmo Silva
June 2009
Paper No' CEPCP284:
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CentrePiece 14 (1) Spring 2009

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Valuing School Quality Using Boundary Discontinuities Steve Gibbons, Stephen Machin and Olmo Silva
March 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0018:
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JEL Classification: C21; I20; H75; R21


Tags: house prices; school quality; boundary discontinuities

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
School Quality, Child Wellbeing and Parents Satisfaction Steve Gibbons and Olmo Silva
January 2009
Paper No' CEEDP0103:
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JEL Classification: I20;H75;Z0


Tags: school quality; wellbeing; happiness and satisfaction; subjective measures

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Urban Density and Pupil Attainment Steve Gibbons and Olmo Silva
May 2007
Paper No' CEEDP0080:
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JEL Classification: I20; R20; J24;


Tags: urban density and agglomeration; school choice and competition; pupil achievement

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Faith Primary Schools: Better Schools or Better Pupils? Steve Gibbons and Olmo Silva
November 2006
Paper No' CEEDP0072:
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Tags: education; religion; faith schools; educational attainment

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Competition, Choice and Pupil Achievement Steve Gibbons, Steve Gibbons, Stephen Machin and Olmo Silva
January 2006
Paper No' CEEDP0056:
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JEL Classification: I20; H70; R5


Tags: competition; choice; primary schools; pupil achievement

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
New Technology in Schools: Is There a Payoff? Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Olmo Silva
January 2006
Paper No' CEEDP0055:
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JEL Classification: H52; I20; I28; J24


Tags: information and communication technology (ict); pupil achievement


This paper has been published as:
New Technology in Schools, Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Olmo Silva, The Economic Journal, Volume 117, Issue 522, July 2007
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CEP Discussion Paper
Entrepreneurship: Can the Jack-of-All-Trades Attitude be Aquired? Olmo Silva
December 2004
Paper No' CEPDP0665:
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JEL Classification: M13; J23; J24


Tags: entrepreneurship; occupational choice; skills