Professor of Economics
My main research interests are in economic theory and political economy.
My specific areas of research are the formal models of elections, communication games, dynamic games with asymmetric information, theoretical behavioral economics, formal models of international relations, and contract theory.
I was born in Cremona, Italy, in April 1971, where I lived until starting college in Milan, at Bocconi University in September 1990. I graduated in Economics and Statistics (DES), with honors in July 1995, under the supervision of Sandro Brusco. In August 1995, I started a PhD in Economics at Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL. I defended my thesis in June 2000, with main advisers Eddie Dekel and Juuso Valimaki.
In June 2000, I started my position as Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, Department of Economics, with Hugo Hopenhayn and John Duggan as my menthors. This position was renewed in June 2003. But in September 2003, I have been tenured with a Lectureship (Assistant Professorship) in Economics at the University College, London. In September 2007. I have been inducted to a Professorship at the University of Essex, Department of Economics. In May 2011, I have been inducted a Professorship at the University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
My main publications are on the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Economic Theory. My research has been presented in all the top 20 world departments. I am Co-Editor of Economic Theory, and have been one of the founding Editors of PSRM, the journal of the European Political Science Association. I have held short visiting positions at Princeton University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the London School of Economics, the European University Institute, the Institut d'Analisi Economica - Barcelona and the EIEF - Bank of Italy.
Selected Recent Publications
“Patent Rights and Innovation Disclosure” (2016), with Hugo Hopenhayn, Review of Economic Studies, 83(1): 199–230.
“Strategic Information Acquisition and Transmission” (2015), with Rossella Argenziano and Sergei Severinov, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, forthcoming.
“Strategic Information Transmission Networks” (2013), with Andrea Galeotti and Christian Ghiglino, Journal of Economic Theory, 148(5): 1751–1769.
“Preemption Games with Private Information” (2011), with Hugo Hopenhayn, Review of Economic Studies, 78(2): 667-692.
“Credulity, Lies, and Costly Talk” (2007), with Navin Kartik and Marco Ottaviani, Journal of Economic Theory, 134(1): 93-116.
“Overconfidence, Insurance and Paternalism” (2007), with Alvaro Sandroni, American Economic Review, 97(5): 1994-2004.
“In Defense of Party Factions” (2015), with Torun Dewan, American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.
“Mediation and Peace” (2015), with Johannes Horner and Massimo Morelli, Review of Economic Studies, 82(4): 1483–1501.
“Information Aggregation and Optimal Selection of the Executive” (2015), with Torun Dewan, Andrea Galeotti and Christian Ghiglino, American Journal of Political Science, 59(2): 475-494.
“Competence and Ideology” (2011), with Dan Bernhardt and Odilon Camara, Review of Economic Studies, 78(2): 487-522.
“The Case for Responsible Parties” (2009), with Dan Bernhardt and John Duggan, American Political Science Review, 103(4): 570-587.