Davide Azzolini

  • Research Fellow
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Davide Azzolini is a research fellow at the Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies of the Bruno Kessler Foundation and an Affiliated Scholar with the Urban Institute (Washington DC).

Davide is committed to carrying out social research that produces better and more usable evidence to improve policymaking.

Davide’s role at FBK-IRVAPP includes designing and running randomized controlled trials as well as exploring opportunities to launch new policy experiments and advancing evidence-based policymaking. He is interested in public policy analysis and program evaluation related to student achievement and attainment, higher education and immigrant integration.

He was visiting scholar at the Urban Institute, visiting student at the Free University of Berlin and research collaborator at the Office of Population Research of the Princeton University.

Davide has a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento and a Master Degree in Public Policy Analysis from COREP, Turin.



  • Student Achievement
  • Immigrant Integration
  • Student Support
  • Educational Technology
Curriculum Vitae

Related Projects


2022 Raising Teacher Retention in Online Courses through Personalized Support. Evidence from a Cross-National Randomized Controlled Trial, Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, https://doi.org/10.1080/19345747.2022.2100850 (w/ Sonia Marzadro, Enrico Rettore, Katja Engelhardt, Benjamin Hertz, Patricia Wastiau)

2022 Formal instruction vs informal exposure. What matters more for teenagers’ acquisition of English as a second language?, Research Papers in Education, doi: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02671522.2020.1789718 (with Sabrina Campregher and Joan Eliel Madia)

2021 Increasing College Going by Incentivizing Savings: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Italy, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, doi: 10.1002/pam.22260 (with Alberto Martini, Barbara Romano and Loris Vergolini)

2017 The impact of citizenship on intermarriage: Quasi-experimental evidence from two European Union Eastern enlargements, Demographic Research, doi: http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol36/43/ (with Raffaele Guetto)

2016 Performance and decisions: immigrant–native gaps in educational transitions in Italy, Journal of Applied Statistics, doi: 10.1080/02664763.2015.1036845 (with Dalit Contini)

2015 The academic achievements of immigrant youths in new destination countries: Evidence from southern Europe, Migration Studies, doi: 10.1093/migration/mnu040 (with Philipp Schnell)

2015 An Empirical Study of Status Exchange through Migrant/Native Marriages in Italy, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2015.1037725 (with Raffaele Guetto)

2014 Primary and secondary effects of social background on educational attainment in Italy. Evidence from an administrative dataset, Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 6(1): 53-80 (with Anna Ress)

2014 Tracking, inequality and education policy. Looking for a recipe for the Italian case, Scuola Democratica, 2, doi: 10.12828/77685 (with Loris Vergolini)

2013 Do they progress or do they lag behind? Educational attainment of immigrants’ children in Italy: the role played by generational status, country of origin and social class, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 31: 82-96 (with Carlo Barone)

2012 Educational Achievement Gaps between Immigrant and Native Students in Two “New” Immigration Countries: Italy and Spain in Comparison, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 643: 46-77, doi: 10.1177/0002716212441590 (with Philipp Schnell and John R. B. Palmer)

See the full list of my publications here.

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