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Full Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

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Courses a.y. 2021/2022


Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

Born May 2nd, 1972. Degree in Economic and Social Sciences from Università Bocconi, cum laude (1995). PhD in Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (2000). Visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York, 1998 and 1999.

Academic CV

Full Professor of Public Finance. Director of the Msc Politics and Policy Analysis. Director, AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality. President of the European Public Choice Society. Previously she was associate professor at Bocconi, researcher at the University of Pavia, Post-doc fellow at CORE, Université Catholique de Louvain.

Research areas

Gender equality and public policy, women in politics, policies to promote gender equality and female leadership. Public finance. Welfare systems (pension, education), comparative taxation. Political economics of taxes and welfare state.



For an up-dated list see the personal webpage

 Main recent articles:

  • Do Board Gender quotas matter? Selection, performance and the stock market effects (with G. Ferrari, V. Ferraro, C. Pronzato) (2021) Management Science forthcoming
  • Fathers' involvement in the family, fertility and maternal employment: Evidence from central and eastern Europe (with E. Fanelli) Demography, forthcoming
  • Gender Differences in COVID-19 Related Attitudes and Behavior: Evidence from a Panel Survey in Eight OECD Countries” (2020) (with Vincenzo Galasso, Vincent Pons, Michael Becher, Sylvain Brouard, Martial Foucault), PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) Research paper (15/10/2020)
  • Women’s Work, Housework and Childcare, before and during COVID-19 (2020) (with Daniela Del Boca, Noemi Oggero and Maria Cristina Rossi). CEPR Covid Economics 28: 70-90, Review of Economics of the Household, forthcoming.
  • Gender Equality and Public Policy during Covid-19 (2020) CESifo Economic Studies, forthcoming.
  • Let the voters choose women” (with A. Baltrunaite, A. Casarico, G. Savio) (2019) Journal of Public Economics 180.
  • Tax Policy and Economic Growth: Does it Really Matter? (with D. Baiardi, R.Puglisi and S.Scabrosetti) (2019) International tax and Public Finance 26(2): 282-316
  • When the state Mirrors the Family: The Design of pension systems (with V. Galasso), Journal of the European Economic Association, forthcoming
  • Gender quotas and the quality of politicians (with A. Baltrunaite, P. Bello, A. Casarico) 2014 Journal of Public Economics 118:62-74
  • Does democracy affect taxation and public spending? Evidence from developing countries (with R. Puglisi, S. Scabrosetti) 2013, Journal of Comparative Economics 41:684-717.
  • The role of income effects in early retirement (with J.I. Conde Ruiz e V.Galasso) 2013, Journal of Public Economic Theory 15(3): 477-505. 
  • On the Political economics of tax reforms: survey and empirical assessment (with M. Castanheira and G. Nicodème) (2012), International Tax and Public Finance 19(4): 598-624.
  • Public education and Redistribution when Talents are Mismatched (with M. Bernasconi) (2012), European Economic Review 56(1): 84-96.
  • Gender culture and gender gap in employment (with P. Campa and A. Casarico) (2011), CESifo Economic Studies 57(1):156-182.
  • Investing for the old age: Pensions, children and savings (with V. Galasso and R. Gatti) (2009), International Tax and Public Finance 16(4): 538-559.
  • Why are more redistributive social security systems smaller? (with P.Poutvaara and M.Kothenburger) (2008) Oxford Economic Papers 60(2), 275-292.
  • The Redistributive Design of Social Security Systems (with J.I. Conde Ruiz) (2007), The Economic Journal 117: 686-712.
  • Political Support and tax reforms with an application to Italy (2007) Public Choice 131 (1-2), 141-55.
  • How does ageing affect the welfare state? (with V.Galasso) (2007) European Journal of Political Economy, 23(2): 554-563. 
  • Lessons for an Aging Society: the Political Sustainability of Social Security Systems (with V. Galasso) (2004), Economic Policy 63-115.
  • Retirement and Social Security in a Probabilistic Voting Model (2002) International Tax and Public Finance 9, 331-348 (lead article).
  • Aging and Retirement: Evidence Across Countries (2002) International Tax and Public Finance 9, 649-670.
  • The Political Economy of Social Security: A Survey (with V. Galasso) (2002) European Journal of Political Economy 18: 1-29. (Top cited EJPE article)

 Main international books (refereed)

  • Gender Equality and Public Policy. Measuring progress in Europe. 2020. Cambridge University Press.
  • Women Directors: The Italian way and Beyond (with L. Amidani, A. Casarico, M.D'Amico, A. Puccio) 2014, Palgrave MacMillan
  • The political economy of taxation: l.essons from developing countries (with S. Scabrosetti) (2010), E. Elgar. 
  • Book Co-editor: Tax Systems and Tax Reforms in Latin America, with A. Barreix, L.Bernardi, A. Marenzi (foreword by V.Tanzi) (2008) Routledge.
  • Book Co-editor: Tax Systems and Tax Reforms in Europe, with L.Bernardi (foreword by V.Tanzi) (2004) Routledge.