Luca Paolo Merlino

Associate Professor

ECARES, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université libre de Bruxelles

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Debunking Rumors in Networks, with N. Tabasso and P. Pin, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2023.

Free Riding in Networks, with M. Kinateder. Online Appendix, European Economic Review, 2023.

Marriage through Friends, with U. Bolletta, Dynamic Games and Applications, 2022 (free access, final version).

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).


Affective Polarization, Media Outlets, and Opinion Dynamics, with S. Della Lena and Yves Zenou. R&R at the Review of Economic Studies.

The Long Run Impact of Childhood Interracial Contact on Residential Segregation, with M. Steinhardt and L. Wren-Lewis. R&R at the Journal of Public Economics.

Homophily and Specialization in Networks, with P. Allmis.

Task Allocation in Networks, with F. Bloch, L. Hartmann and D. Persitz.

Can Rumors Create Truth? Optimal Debunking of Rumors in Networks, with N. Tabasso.

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