Fabio Cerina

Welcome to my home page! I am associate professor in Economic Policy (SECS-P02) at the Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Aziendali of the University of Cagliari.

I am also Researcher at CRENoS (Center for North South Economic Research) based in Cagliari and Sassari.

My current research interests are in Macroeconomics (growth, time allocation, labor market polarization), Spatial Economics (firms' and workers' location choices) and Political Economy (political selection)


  • Our paper "Spatial Polarisation", recently published at Economic Journal, has been explained by co-author Elisa Dienesch for faculti.net. Link here

  • From January to May 2023 I will be visiting TREE, the CNRS research center of the University of Pau and the Pays de l'Adour in Pau.

  • The paper "Choosing not to Lead: Political Selection and Monetary Incentives in Local Parliamentary Systems", with Andrea Caria and Marco Nieddu has received an invitation to revise and resubmit at the European Journal of Political Economy. In this paper we use micro-level data on Italian local election to find that higher expected wages result in more educated council members and more educated executives, but not more educated mayors. We rationalize this finding in a model where better educated councillors shy away from better-paid but full-time position (such as mayor) and prefer less-paid but part time positions (executives) which allow them to devote more time to work while in office.