Welcome to my website!
I am a Post-Doc at the Department of Economics of the Norwegian School of Economics, currently visiting the 
Institute of Fiscal Studies in London.  

My interests are broadly in empirical Labor Economics and in Economics of Education, with a focus on the intergenerational 
transmission of socio-economic status. You can find my CV here.


        NHH, Department of Economics 
        Helleveien 30
        NO-5045 Bergen
        email:  antonio.dalla-zuanna@nhh.no


1. The Long-Term Effects of Work-Related Networks on Earnings
[Draft available here]

Informal networks are an important job search channel. While a growing literature focuses on referred workers within the firm, little is known about the long-term worker-level benefits from job searches conducted with the help of social ties. In this paper, I use Norwegian registry data and focus on displaced workers. I follow these workers with respect to the jobs they find after displacement and show that those who are newly employed where a member of their network is also employed have, on average, higher wages in the years immediately following displacement compared with workers who are not employed with their contacts. However, the earnings gap favoring workers employed with a member of their network decreases in the long run and vanishes seven years after displacement. Moreover, I describe how this new empirical evidence relates to different theoretical models developed to explain the usage of networks in job search.

 2. Breaking the Link: Natural Resource Booms and Intergenerational Mobility (joint with Aline Bütikofer and Kjell Salvanes

Do large economic shocks increase intergenerational earnings mobility by creating new economic opportunities or do they instead reduce mobility by reinforcing the links between generations? In answering this question, we estimate how the Norwegian oil boom starting in the 1970s affected intergenerational mobility in those local labor markets most affected by the growing oil industry. We find that this resource shock increased intergenerational mobility for cohorts commencing their professional careers at the beginning of the oil boom. Importantly, these findings are not driven by preexisting local level differences in intergenerational mobility or regional differences in education, nor are they sensitive to selective migration or adverse health effects. Instead, the change in intergenerational mobility is mostly driven by bottom-up mobility and a decrease in the returns to academic education in oil-affected regions. The findings also persist across a third generation, with intergenerational mobility being significantly higher for boom-affected areas in both grandfather-son and father-son comparisons.

 3. Heterogeneous Outcomes of Merit Based School Allocations (joint with Kjell Salvanes)

In this paper we test whether merit based school allocation systems lead to different levels of school choice for students of different ability and whether this has an effect on the subsequent short and long term academic outcomes of students. We exploit a reform taking place in Norway, which allowed students to freely choose which high school to attend and school admission was based on the grades at middle school. The reform increased dramatically the proportion of students with high grades at middle school who attended the best high schools in town. However, we do not find evidence of improved outcomes for these students, neither in improving academic outcomes nor on attending elite colleges.

Antonio Dalla Zuanna,
11 Feb 2018, 08:45
Antonio Dalla Zuanna,
6 Feb 2017, 03:17