Luca Paolo Merlino

TT(ZAP)BOF Research Professor

Department of Economics, University of Antwerp

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Local Public Goods with Weighted Link Formation, with M. Kinateder, Games and Economic Behavior, 2022.

The Evolution of Networks and Local Public Good Provision: A Potential Approach, with M. Kinateder, Games, 2021 (cover story article).

Terrorist Attacks and Minority Perceived Discrimination, with M. Giani, British Journal of Sociology, 2021.

More than Just Friends? School peers and adult interracial relationships, with M. Steinhardt and L. Wren-Lewis, Journal of Labor Economics, 2019 (final version). Coverage: The Boston Globe, 5 papers... in 5 minutes!, IZA newsroom,

Informal Job Search through Social Networks and Vacancy Creation, Economics Letters, 2019 (final version).

Gender Differences in Sorting, with P. Parrotta and D. Pozzoli, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 2018 (final version and Online Appendix).

Public Goods in Endogenous Networks, with M. Kinateder, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2017 (final version).

Efficient Sorting in Frictional Labor Markets with Two-Sided Heterogeneity, Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2016 (final version).

Formal and Informal Search, Economics Letters, 2014 (final version).

Endogenous Job Contact Networks , with A. Galeotti, International Economic Review, 2014 (final version).

Discrimination, Technology and Unemployment, Labour Economics, 2012 (final version).


Debunking Rumors in Networks, with N. Tabasso and P. Pin, R&R, AEJ: Micro (new version!).

Free Riding in Networks, with M. Kinateder. Online Appendix, revision requested EER. Some of the results in this paper previously circulated as "The Private Provision of Public Goods in Endogenous Networks" and "Collaboration in Endogenous Networks".

Group Identity, Social Learning and Opinion Dynamics, with S. Della Lena.

Marriage through Friends, with U. Bolletta.

The Long Run Impact of Childhood Interracial Contact on Residential Segregation, with M. Steinhardt and L. Wren-Lewis.

Polarization in Endogenous Networks, with P. Allmis (draft coming soon).

Social and Economic Inequality, with M. Comola and E. Gallo.