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[Photo: Tommaso SONNO] Dr Tommaso SONNO
Associate - Trade
Email: t.sonno@lse.ac.uk

Bologna University
Email: tommaso.sonno@unibo.it

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Expertise: International trade, conflicts, global value chains, multinational business groups


Tommaso is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Bologna. He is also affiliated at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, and Adjunct Professor at Bocconi University and at Johns Hopkins SAIS. His research focuses on international economics and political economy. He has studied the relationship between trade and conflicts, and global value networks. He is currently analysing the impact of multinational enterprises on violence in developing countries, the dynamics of populism, and the effect that financial frictions have on the processes of reallocation of resources.

Current Areas of Research:

"Economic Insecurity and the Demand of Populism in Europe", with Luigi Guiso, Helios Herrera and Massimo Morelli

“Globalization and Conflicts: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Corporations in Africa”

“Populism: Demand and Supply“, with Carlo Altomonte, Domenico Favoino and Monica Morlacco


  • European Doctoral Programme in Quantitative Economics - Université Catholique de Louvain and London School of Economics (visiting)
  • Joint Master of Science Degree Program in Economics and Social Sciences and in Economic Theory and Research - Bocconi University (Summa cum Laude) and Catholic University of Louvain (Grande Distinction)
  • Bachelor in International Economics and Management - Bocconi University


  • Research Grant (10K), Unicredit Foundation, 2019
  • Cordusio Research Grant (10K) Unicredit Foundation and Cordusio SIM, 2019
  • Essay Award for Young Economist, Review of World Economics, 2018

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications

CEP discussion paper
Globalization and Conflicts: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Corporations in Africa Tommaso Sonno
January 2020
Paper No' CEPDP1670:
Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)

JEL Classification: C23; D74; F23; L70; O13

Tags: multinationals; civil conflict; fdi; ethnic minority