Selected Publications

Selected Publications by IRVAPP Researchers (current resident, seniors and associates)

*IRVAPP researchers (including-ex) in bold


Dutronc, P., Tondini, A. (forthcoming) Large Means-Tested Pensions with Informal Labor Markets: Evidence from South Africa. Economic Development and Cultural Change,

Tomelleri, A. (2021) Temporary jobs and increasing inequality for recent cohorts in Italy. LABOUR, 35(4), 500-537,

Burlacu, S., Kažemekaitytė, A., Ronzani, P., & Savadori, L. (2021). Blinded by worries: sin taxes and demand for temptation under financial worries. Theory and Decision, 1-47,

Kuitto, K., Madia, J. E., & Podestà, F. (2021). Public Pension Generosity and Old-Age Poverty in OECD countries. Journal of Social Policy, 1-20.


Fort, M., Ichino, A., & Zanella, G. (2020). Cognitive and noncognitive costs of day care at age 0–2 for children in advantaged families. Journal of Political Economy, 128(1), 158-205

Martini, A., Azzolini, D., Romano, B., & Vergolini, L. (2020). Increasing College Going by Incentivizing Savings: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Italy. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.


Battistin, E., & Schizzerotto, A. (2019). Threat of grade retention, remedial education and student achievement: evidence from upper secondary schools in Italy. Empirical Economics, 56(2), 651-678.

Marzadro, S., Schizzerotto, A., & Vergolini, L. (2019). Classi sociali o gruppi multidimensionali? Come rappresentare le disuguaglianze sociali nell’Italia di oggi. Stato e mercato39(1), 7-40.

Bonini, N., Pighin, S., Rettore, E., Savadori, L., Schena, F., Tonini, S., & Tosi, P. (2019). Overconfident people are more exposed to “black swan” events: a case study of avalanche risk. Empirical economics, 57(4), 1443-1467.


Ballatore, R. M., Fort, M., & Ichino, A. (2018). Tower of Babel in the classroom: immigrants and natives in Italian schools. Journal of Labor Economics, 36(4), 885-921.

Abbiati, G., Argentin, G., Barone, C., & Schizzerotto, A. (2018). Information barriers and social stratification in higher education: evidence from a field experiment. The British journal of sociology, 69(4), 1248-1270.

Bazzoli, M., De Poli, S., Rettore, E., & Schizzerotto, A. (2018). Are vocational training programmes worth their cost? Evidence from a cost-benefit analysis. Politica economica, 34(3), 215-240.

Bukodi, E., Eibl, F., Buchholz, S., Marzadro, S., Minello, A., Wahler, S., … & Schizzerotto, A. (2018). Linking the macro to the micro: a multidimensional approach to educational inequalities in four European countries. European Societies, 20(1), 26-64.

De Poli, S., Vergolini, L., & Zanini, N. (2018). The impact of a study abroad programme on learning abilities and personality traits: evidence from a randomization. Applied Economics Letters, 25(8), 562-566.

Azzolini, D., Martini, A., Romano, B., & Vergolini, L. (2018). Affording college with the help of asset building: First experimental impacts from Italy. Economics Letters, 169, 27-30.


Bonaccorsi, A. (2017). Addressing the disenchantment: universities and regional development in peripheral regions. Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 20(4), 293-320.

Angrist, J. D., Battistin, E., & Vuri, D. (2017). In a small moment: Class size and moral hazard in the Italian Mezzogiorno. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 9(4), 216-49.

Barone, C., Schizzerotto, A., Abbiati, G., & Argentin, G. (2017). Information barriers, social inequality, and plans for higher education: evidence from a field experiment. European Sociological Review, 33(1), 84-96.

Podestà, F. (2017). The economic impact of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia autonomy: a synthetic control analysis of asymmetric Italian federalism. The Annals of Regional Science, 58(1), 21-37.

Podestà, F., & Marzadro, S. (2017). Operationalizing de-commodification and de-familization outcomes via the relative poverty approach: An application to western European Countries. Social Indicators Research, 131(2), 701-726.


Azzolini, D., Bazzoli, M., De Poli, S., Fiorio, C., & Poy, S. (2016). Developing and Validating Regional Microsimulation Models. TREMOD: the Tax-Benefit Model of the Italian Province of Trento. Economia Pubblica, 1, 5-33

Fort, M., Schneeweis, N., & Winter‐Ebmer, R. (2016). Is education always reducing fertility? Evidence from compulsory schooling reforms. The Economic Journal, 126(595), 1823-1855.

Bonander, C., Jakobsson, N., Podestà, F., & Svensson, M. (2016). Universities as engines for regional growth? Using the synthetic control method to analyze the effects of research universities. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 60, 198-207.

Daraio, C., Lenzerini, M., Leporelli, C., Moed, H. F., Naggar, P., Bonaccorsi, A., & Bartolucci, A. (2016). Data integration for research and innovation policy: An ontology-based data management approach. Scientometrics, 106(2), 857-871.


Cattaneo, C., Fiorio, C. V., & Peri, G. (2015). What happens to the careers of European workers when immigrants “take their jobs”?. Journal of Human Resources, 50(3), 655-693.

Daraio, C., Bonaccorsi, A., & Simar, L. (2015). Rankings and university performance: A conditional multidimensional approach. European Journal of Operational Research, 244(3), 918-930.

Vergolini, L., & Zanini, N. (2015). Away, but not too far from home. The effects of financial aid on university enrolment decisions. Economics of Education Review, 49, 91-109.


Checchi, D., Fiorio, C. V., & Leonardi, M. (2014). Parents’ risk aversion and children’s educational attainment. Labour Economics, 30, 164-175.


Garibaldi, P., Giavazzi, F., Ichino, A., & Rettore, E. (2012). College cost and time to complete a degree: Evidence from tuition discontinuities. Review of Economics and Statistics94(3), 699-711.

Azzolini, D., Schnell, P., & Palmer, J. R. (2012). Educational achievement gaps between immigrant and native students in two “new” immigration countries: Italy and Spain in comparison. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 643(1), 46-77.


Cowell, F. A., & Fiorio, C.  (2011). Inequality decompositions—a reconciliation. The Journal of Economic Inequality, 9(4), 509-528.

Barone, C., & Schizzerotto, A. (2011). Introduction: Career mobility, education, and intergenerational reproduction in five European societies. European Societies, 13(3), 331-345.


Brunello, G., Fort, M., & Weber, G. (2009). Changes in compulsory schooling, education and the distribution of wages in Europe. The Economic Journal, 119(536), 516-539.

Battistin, E., Brugiavini, A., Rettore, E., & Weber, G. (2009). The retirement consumption puzzle: evidence from a regression discontinuity approach. American Economic Review, 99(5), 2209-26.


Battistin, E., & Rettore, E. (2008). Ineligibles and eligible non-participants as a double comparison group in regression-discontinuity designs. Journal of Econometrics, 142(2), 715-730.


Battistin, E., Rettore, E., & Trivellato, U. (2007). Choosing between alternative classification criteria to measure the labour force state. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 170(1), 5-27.


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