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- Associate Professor
- Graduate Coordinator
- Economic Growth, Technological Change, Income Distribution, Fiscal Policy
- PhD, Economics, The New School for Social Research
- PhD, Political Economy, Sapienza University of Rome
Born and raised in Rome, I moved to the US in 2005. I earned a PhD in Economics from The New School for Social Research in 2009, and a Dottorato in Economia Politica (PhD, Political Economy) from Sapienza University of Rome, also in 2009. My research focuses on: (i) the linkages between economic growth and income distribution, and in particular the interaction between the labor market, income shares and technological change in advanced economies; (ii) the role of the public sector in the growth and distribution path of an economy; (iii) the evolution of income distribution during economic fluctuations, and recently (iv) the role of social interactions and social multipliers on economic performance.
Together with Harvey Cutler, Martin Shields, and Sammy Zahran, I am an Investigator in the Economics team of a National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) $20 million grant over 5 years instituting a Center of excellence for Risk-based Community Resilience Planning, located at CSU.
- Growth, Income Distribution, and the `Entrepreneurial State', with Luca Zamparelli. Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Online first.
- Endogenous Technical Change in Alternative Theories of Growth and Income Distribution, with Luca Zamparelli. Journal of Economic Surveys Vol. 31 No. 5: 1272-1303, 2017.
- Government Spending Composition, Aggregate Demand, Growth, and Distribution, with Luca Zamparelli. Review of Keynesian Economics, Vol. 5 No. 2: 239-258, 2017.
- Integrating Engineering Outputs from Natural Disaster Models into a Dynamic Spatial Computable General Equilibrium Model of Centerville, with Harvey Cutler, Martin Shields, and Sammy Zahran. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Vol. 1 No. 3-4, 169-187, 2016.
- A Tale of Two Ginis in the US, 1921-2012, with Markus Schneider. International Review of Applied Economics, Vol. 30 No. 6, pp. 677-692, 2016.
- Public Capital, Redistribution and Growth in a Two-class Economy, with Luca Zamparelli. Metroeconomica Vol. 67 No. 2, 458-476, 2016.
- Endogenous Technical Change, Employment and Distribution in the Goodwin Model of the Growth Cycle, with Luca Zamparelli. Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics, Vol. 19 No. 2: 209–226, 2015.
- Credit-Driven Investment, Heterogeneous Labour Markets and Macroeconomic Dynamics, with Matthieu Charpe, Peter Flaschel, Hans–Martin Krolzig, Christian Proano, and Willi Semmler. Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, Vol. 10 No. 1: 163-181, 2015.
- Capitalists, Workers, and Managers: Wage Inequality and Effective Demand, with Ramaa Vasudevan. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Vol. 30: 120–131, 2014.
- Redistribution in a Neo-Kaleckian Two-Country Model, with Rudiger von Arnim and Laura Carvalho. Metroeconomica, Vol. 65 No. 3: 430-459, 2014.
- Daily Variation in Natural Disaster Casualties: Information Flows, Safety, and Opportunity Costs in Tornado Versus Hurricane Strikes, with Sammy Zahran and Stephan Weiler, Risk Analysis, Vol. 33 No. 7: 1265-1280, 2013.
- Bargaining over Productivity and Wages when Technical Change is Induced: Implications for Growth, Distribution, and Employment, Journal of Economics, Vol. 109 No. 3: 207-244, 2013.
- Wage Bargaining and Induced Technical Progress in a Linear Economy: Model and Application to the US (1963-2003), Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Vol. 23 No. 2: 117-126, 2012.
- Embedding Care and Unpaid Work in Macroeconomic Modeling: a Structuralist Approach, with Elissa Braunstein and Irene van Staveren. Feminist Economics, Vol. 17 No. 4, 2011.
- Estimated Non-linearities and Multiple Equilibria in a Model of Distributive-Demand Cycles, with Peter Flaschel and Lance Taylor. International Review of Applied Economics, Vol. 25 No. 5, 2011.
First Generation Story
While I am not a first generation college graduate in my family, I am a first generation migrant in the US: I became a US citizen in 2017.
ECON 704- Macroeconomic Analysis IISyllabus
Second-year graduate course, with a focus on endogenous growth, income distribution and macroeconomics, institutions and economic performance, and modern unemployment theories, treated from a mathematically rigorous standpoint. Strong emphasis on welfare analysis and policy considerations.
ECON 705 – Heterodox Approaches to Economics
First-year grad course focusing on political economy, with an analytical focus. Topics include: growth and distribution in Classical and post-Keynesian frameworks, evolutionary games, coordination failures, institutions.
ECON 304 – Intermediate MacroeconomicsSyllabus
Covers short run fluctuations, medium run adjustments, and long run growth with a strong policy focus.
ECON 404 – Macroeconomic PolicySyllabus
Covers advanced, contemporary topics in macroeconomic policy with a focus on modeling techniques and data handling. The main goal of the course is to write a research paper about a policymaking event.
ECON606 – Microeconomic Analysis ISyllabus
First year graduate course in Microeconomic Theory. Covers consumption theory, production theory, expected utility, general equilibrium, and elements of welfare economics.