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Associate Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Courses a.y. 2021/2022


Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

Associate Professor in Demography and Social Statistics at Bocconi University, Department of Social and Political Sciences. I am Research Associate at Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy. I am economist by background and a Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Biological Science at Warwick University, UK. I work at the intersection of demography, epidemiology and public health. I am Director of the Bocconi Covid Crisis Lab, a multidisciplinary laboratory for research on the epidemiology, economic and social impact of Covid-19 on our societies. I am currently the PI of an ERC Consolidator Grant on the analysis of the impact of human behaviour on infection spread.

Academic CV

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Research areas

Policy modelling, health and well-being. Mathematical modelling and statistical analysis of infectious disease data, Economic evaluation of healthcare programs, Designing optimal vaccination programs for resource poor settings, Demographic trends and the effects on social interactions.


  • Rotesi T, Pin P, Cucciniello M, Malik AA, Paintsil EE, Bokemper SE, Willebrand K, Huber GA, Melegaro A, Omer SB. National interest may require distributing COVID-19 vaccines to other countries. Sci Rep. 2021 Sep 14;11(1):18253. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-97544-5.
  • Bokemper SE, Cucciniello M, Rotesi T,…, Melegaro A. Experimental evidence that changing beliefs about mask efficacy and social norms increase mask wearing for COVID-19 risk reduction: Results from the United States and Italy. PLoS One. 2021 Oct 11;16(10):e0258282. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0258282.
  • Duch R, Roope LSJ, Violato M, Fuentes Becerra M, Robinson TS, Bonnefon JF, Friedman J, Loewen PJ, Mamidi P, Melegaro A, et al. Citizens from 13 countries share similar preferences for COVID-19 vaccine allocation priorities. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Sep 21;118(38):e2026382118. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2026382118.
  • Trentini, F., Marziano, V., Guzzetta, G., Tirani, M., Cereda, D., Poletti, P., ... Melegaro, A., Merler, S. (2021). Healthcare strain and intensive care during the COVID-19 outbreak in the Lombardy region: a retrospective observational study on 43,538 hospitalized patients. Accepted, July 2021, American Journal of Epidemiology, in press.
  • Cucciniello M, Pin P, Imre B, Porumbescu GA, Melegaro A. Altruism and vaccination intentions: Evidence from behavioral experiments. Soc Sci Med. 2021 Jul 13:114195. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114195.
  • Liu CY, Berlin J, Kiti MC, Del Fava E, Grow A, Zagheni E, Melegaro A, Jenness SM, Omer SB, Lopman B, Nelson K. Rapid Review of Social Contact Patterns During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Epidemiology. 2021 Nov 1;32(6):781-791.
  • Kiti, M. C., Aguolu, O. G., Liu, C., Restrepo, A. M., Regina, R., Willebrand, K., ... Melegaro, A., & Omer, S. B. (2021). Social contact patterns among employees in 3 US companies during early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, April to June 2020. Epidemics (2021): 100481.
  • Clarke PM, Roope LSJ, Loewen PJ, Bonnefon JF, Melegaro A, Friedman J, Violato M, Barnett A, Duch R. Public opinion on global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. Nat Med. 2021 Jun;27(6):935-936. doi: 10.1038/s41591-021-01322-9.
  • Trentini, F., Guzzetta, G., Galli, M., Zardini, A., Manenti, F., Putoto, G., Melegaro, A., & Poletti, P. (2021). Modeling the interplay between demography, social contact patterns, and SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the South West Shewa Zone of Oromia Region, Ethiopia. BMC medicine, 19(1), 1-13.
  • Poletti, P., Tirani, M., Cereda, D., Trentini, F., Guzzetta, G., Sabatino, G., Melegaro, A., ... & Force, T. (2021). Association of Age With Likelihood of Developing Symptoms and Critical Disease Among Close Contacts Exposed to Patients With Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Italy. JAMA Network Open, 4(3), e211085-e211085.
  • Poletti, P., Tirani, M., Cereda, D., Trentini, F., Guzzetta, G., Marziano, V., ... Melegaro, A., Merler, S. (2020). Age-specific SARS-CoV-2 infection fatality ratio and associated risk factors, Italy, February to April 2020. Eurosurveillance, 25(31), 2001383.
  • Lazarus, J. V., Ratzan, S., Palayew, A., Billari, F. C., Binagwaho, A., Kimball, S., Melegaro, A., ... & El-Mohandes, A. (2020). COVID-SCORE: A global survey to assess public perceptions of government responses to COVID-19 (COVID-SCORE-10). PloS one, 15(10), e0240011.
  • Guzzetta, G., Poletti, P., Ajelli, M., Trentini, F., Marziano, V., Cereda, D., Melegaro, A., Merler, S. (2020). Potential short-term outcome of an uncontrolled COVID-19 epidemic in Lombardy, Italy, February to March 2020. Eurosurveillance, 25(12), 2000293.
  • Trentini, F., Poletti, P., Melegaro, A., & Merler, S. (2019). The introduction of ‘No jab, No school’policy and the refinement of measles immunisation strategies in high-income countries. BMC medicine, 17(1), 1-8.
  • T Hoang, P Coletti, A Melegaro, J Wallinga, CG Grijalva, JW Edmunds. (2019). A systematic review of social contact surveys to inform transmission models of close-contact infections. Epidemiology 30 (5), 723-736.
  • A Melegaro. (2019). Measles vaccination: no time to rest. The Lancet Global Health 7 (3), e282-e283.
  • Trentini, F., Poletti, P., Baldacchino, F., Drago, A., Montarsi, F., Capelli, G., ... & Melegaro, A. (2018). The containment of potential outbreaks triggered by imported Chikungunya cases in Italy: a cost utility epidemiological assessment of vector control measures. Scientific reports, 8(1), 1-9.
  • Toffolutti, V., McKee, M., Melegaro, A., Ricciardi, W., & Stuckler, D. (2019). Austerity, measles and mandatory vaccination: cross-regional analysis of vaccination in Italy 2000–14. European journal of public health, 29(1), 123-127.
  • Melegaro, A., Marziano, V., Del Fava, E., Poletti, P., Tirani, M., Rizzo, C., & Merler, S. (2018). The impact of demographic changes, exogenous boosting and new vaccination policies on varicella and herpes zoster in Italy: a modelling and cost-effectiveness study. BMC medicine, 16(1), 1-13.