I am Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Southampton and Head of the School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences.
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
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.