Professor of Economics
- Economic Theory
- 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. In August 1995, I started a PhD in Economics at Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL, and laureated in June 2000, with Eddie Dekel and Juuso Valimaki. In June 2000, I took an Assistant Professorship at the University of Rochester, Department of Economics, with Hugo Hopenhayn and John Duggan as my menthors; this position was renewed in June 2003. In September 2003, I have been tenured with a Lectureship (Assistant Professorship) in Economics at the University College, London. In September 2007, I have become a Professor at the University of Essex, Department of Economic, and then a Professor at the University of Warwick, Department of Economics, in May 2011.
My main publications are on the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Political Economuy, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Economic Theory. I have presented my work in a number of international conferences and of University research seminars (including all top 20 worlwide). I have held 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.
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 am a leader of the Political Economy group at the Economics Department, University of Warwick, one of the founding groups of the European Political Economy Consortium (together with London School of Economics - PSPE, University of Toulouse - IAST, University of Mannheim - SFB 884, and Bocconi University – Dondena), and a founding member of the Political Economy UK Group.
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” (2016), with Rossella Argenziano and Sergei Severinov, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 8(3): pp. 119-155.
“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.
“Dispute Resolution Institutions and Strategic Militarization” (2017), with Adam Meirowitz, Massimo Morelli and Kris Ramsay, Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming.
“In Defense of Party Factions” (2016), with Torun Dewan, American Journal of Political Science, 60(4): 860–881
“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.
“Effetto Brexit sul Regno Unito” (2016), Lavoce.info, 26/07/2016.
Office Hours: Tuesday 15:00-17:00.