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Olmo Silva.

Olmo Silva


Expertise: applied microeconometrics, economics of education, economics of entrepreneurship, urban economics.


Professor Olmo Silva is Professor of Real Estate Economics and Finance at the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics. He is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, where he worked as a full-time Research Officer between September 2004 and August 2007. His research concentrates on: applied micro; the economics of education; the economics of entrepreneurship; urban and real estate economics. Olmo 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.

Current areas of research include:

  • Applied micro: the use of mechanism-design ""insights"" to devise identification strategies in applied micro. Economics of education: the impact of school autonomy, choice and competition on students' attainments and educational inequality.
  • Economics of entrepreneurship and urban economics: the changing important of Marshallian agglomeration forces in determining firms clustering and entrepreneurial dynamism.