I am Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Southampton.
My research interests are mainly in labour economics, particularly on topics related to migration, rural-to-urban mobility in China, well-being and mental health, social networks, discrimination, crime and economic history.
I serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and as one of the Research Directors of the Global Labor Organization. I collaborate as a Researcher within the ESRC Centre for Population Change and I am a co-investigator of the ESRC Connecting Generation.
More details about my research, projects, publications and other activities can be found in my personal webpage.
- Labour Economics
- Development Economics
I currently work on various research projects in the areas of migration, social networks, crime and mental health
- within the ESRC Connecting Generations, I investigate the intergenerational transmission of economic outcomes and values among first and second-generation migrants in the UK
- I study the causal impact of social networks on immigrants' assimilation during the Age of Mass Migration.
- within the ESRC-funded project "A Unified Approach to Measuring the Costs of Violent Crime Risk" I explore the impact of violent crime on neighborhood outcomes, including house prices and individual well-being
- I study the processes of diffusion of mental health within individual and spatial networks
Current PhD Students
I teach graduate and undergraduate modules in the areas of labour economics, econometrics and computational economics.
After my PhD in Economics, I joined the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, where I held several positions, including Director of Research, until I joined the University of Southampton in 2016.
I have published in outlets such as the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of the European Economic Association and the European Economic Review.
I have advised the UK Home Office, the EU Commission and Parliament, the OECD and the World Bank on policy issues related to migration.