Courses a.y. 2023/2024
30524 ECONOMIC HISTORY
40295 HISTORY OF INSTITUTIONS: CIVIC, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL
41030 HISTORY OF PANDEMICS, CRISIS AND POLICY
I was born on 7 February 1976. I got my degree in Economics and Social Disciplines (DES) at Bocconi University. Thereafter, I got a PhD in Economic and Social History.
I am a full professor of Economic History at Bocconi University, Milan. My areas of interest include economic history and demography, with a focus on long-term dynamics, on economic inequality and social mobility, and on the history of epidemics and pandemics.
I am also an Affiliated Scholar of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality (New York, U.S.); a Research Fellow of CEPR - Center for Economic Policy and Research (London, U.K.) and a Research Associate of CAGE - Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (Warwick, U.K.). At Bocconi University, I am a member of the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and of IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research). During 2013-2019 I have served as director of the Master of Science in Economic and Social Sciences at Bocconi.
I have also held visiting positions at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France); the University of Glasgow (U.K.), with a grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh; the Centre for Population Studies of the University of Umeå (Sweden); the Université Bordeaux3 (France); the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (U.K.), with a research grant from Wellcome Trust; the Centre Roland Mousnier (Paris, France); the Nuffield College at Oxford University (U.K.); the London School of Economics (U.K.); the Trinity College in Dublin (Ireland).
I am currently a member of the scientific committee of the Datini Foundation, of the international advisory board of the Posthumus Institute-Research School for Economic and Social History and of the board of trustees of the European Historical Economics Society (EHES). I am an associate editor of Genus and a member of the editorial board of Explorations in Economic History and of the European Review of Economic History. During 2009-2015 I have been the chief editor of the journal Popolazione e Storia.
In 2011, I was awarded an ERC Starting Research Grant for the project EINITE-Economic Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800 (project running from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016) (www.dondena.unibocconi.it/EINITE).
In 2016, I was awarded an ERC Consolidator Research Grant for the project SMITE-Social Mobility and Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800 (project running from 1 June 2017 to 31 May 2022) (www.dondena.unibocconi.it/SMITE).
Economic and social inequality; social mobility; poverty; distribution and concentration of wealth and income in Europe during the Middle Ages and the early modern period; historical demography (history of plagues and other epidemics; history of famines); economic trends in pre-industrial Italy; social alliance systems and social networks; practices of godparenthood and name-giving.
As Gods Among Men. A History of the Rich in the West
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2023
Pandemics and socio-economic status : evidence from the plague of 1630 in Northern Italy
POPULATION STUDIES, 2023
Epidemics, inequality and poverty in preindustrial and early industrial times
JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC LITERATURE, 2022
Economic inequality in preindustrial Germany, ca. 1300–1850
THE JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY, 2022
Wealth inequality in pre-industrial England: a long-term view (late thirteenth to sixteenth centuries)
THE ECONOMIC HISTORY REVIEW, 2022
Economic inequality in preindustrial times: Europe and beyond
JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC LITERATURE, 2021
The lion's share : inequality and the rise of the fiscal state in preindustrial Europe
Plague and long-term development: the lasting effects of the 1629–30 epidemic on the Italian cities
ECONOMIC HISTORY REVIEW, 2019
A survival analysis of the last great European plagues: the case of Nonantola (Northern Italy) in 1630
POPULATION STUDIES, 2019
The timing and causes of famines in Europe
NATURE SUSTAINABILITY, 2018
Plague and lethal epidemics in the Pre-Industrial world
THE JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY, 2017
Long-term trends in economic inequality: the case of the Florentine state, c. 1300-1800
ECONOMIC HISTORY REVIEW, 2017
Growing apart in early modern Europe? A comparison of inequality trends in Italy and the Low Countries, 1500-1800
EXPLORATIONS IN ECONOMIC HISTORY, 2016
Economic inequality in Northwestern Italy: a long-term view (fourteenth to eighteenth centuries)
THE JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY, 2015