My short bio

Research fellowship. I’m a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance since September 2017. I work on the impact of social hierarchies and inequality on policy preferences, cooperation and social conflict, and on the role of the institutions in fostering or hindering the achievement of socially desirable outcomes.

Scientific manager. In the context of and in parallel to my research, I collaborate to the definition of the scientific agenda of the behavioural science laboratory of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance.

PhD in Economics. I obtained my PhD in May 2017 at the Economics Department of the University of Gothenburg (SWE). My dissertation, “Bitter divisions: inequality, identity and cooperation”, explores the consequences of inequality and social identity on willingness to cooperate with others.

United Nations – FAO. During my time at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (Rome), I contributed to the development of interactive statistical analysis tools for the FAOSTAT platform.

Master of Science in Economics. I graduated with summa cum laude at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in November 2011. I approached behavioural topics with my MSc thesis on the socio-economic determinants of environmental behaviours: “Exploring environmentally significant behaviours in a multidimensional perspective”.

Undergraduate studies in Political Science. Pursuing my interest in behaviours and human sociality, I initially trained as a sociologist and then graduated in Political Science from the University of “Roma Tre” in 2009, focusing on international cooperation and development. I thus developed a strong interest in the economic dimension of social structures: my thesis explores the role of trade agreements between western and developing countries in laying the premises for the then raging food price crisis (“The recent rise in global food prices. Developed or developing countries’ responsibility?”).