Lucio Picci, Professor of economics

Department of Economics, University of Bologna
Strada Maggiore 45, 40125 Bologna, Italia

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Personal links: A blog---My trails---My books---Oldies goldies (old stuff, mostly for friends).

Teaching: Applied econometricsMedia Economics 

Istruzioni ai miei tesisti (in Italian).

Plagio accademico: il sistema di impunità dell'Università di Bologna. 26/9/2016.

    Parlano di questa lettera: rassegna stampa

In the news: Does more wealth mean less political corruption?, by Daniel Treisman, May 6 2016, The Washington Post.

In Italian: Corruzione in Italia: quanto costa non essere la Germania? 585 miliardi l'anno (più o meno). Citato in: Così la corruzione «brucia» il reddito, di Claudio Gatti. Il Sole 24 Ore, 28 gennaio 2016, e riassunto in E se in Italia ci fosse la stessa corruzione che c’è in Germania?, Il Post, 29 gennaio 2016.

Working papers

Democratizing Gossip. Internet-Based Reputation Systems and Governance. Prepared for the The Oxford Handbook of Gossip and Reputation. Edited by Francesca Giardini and Rafael Wittek. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming in 2017.

The Determinants of Cross-Border Corruption, with Laarni Escresa. Presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics (Paris, June 15–17, 2016).

The Supply-Side of International Corruption: A New Measure and a Critique. June 2016.

International Agreements, Reputational Screening and The Long-Run Interests of the State, with Simone Meraglia.

The system of international law as an information processing institution. Paper prepared for the XIVth HSE April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, 2-4 April 2013

Works published

  • The 'Inventor Balance' and the Functional Specialization in Global Inventive Activities. With Luca Savorelli. Economics of Innovation and New Technology (2017). The published version.
  • Trends in corruption around the world. With Laarni Escresa. Presented at the 74th annual MPSA conference, Chicago, 7-10 April 2016, and at the workshop "Multidisciplinary perspectives on corruption and its effects on business", King's College London, 8 July 2016. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. (2016). The published version.
  • A New Cross-National Measure of Corruption, with Laarni Escresa. The World Bank Economic Review (2017) 31 (1): 196-219. The Data. The published version.

  • Incumbency Effects under Proportional Representation: Leaders and Backbenchers in the Postwar Italian Chamber of Deputies . With Miriam Golden. Legislative Studies Quarterly (2015) Vol 40, Issue 4: 509-538. The published version.

  • Actors and Strategies of the Bureaucratic Reputation Game, in Organizational Reputation in the Public Sector, pp. 37-53. Editors: Arild Waeraas and Moshe Maor. Routledge, 2014.
  • The worldwide count of priority patents: A new indicator of inventive activity, with G. de Rassenfosse, H. Dernis, D. Guellec e B. van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie. Research Policy (2013). Vol. 42, pp. 720-737. (The published version)

  • Federico Varese: Mafias on the Move (Book Review). European Sociological Review 2013, VOl.29(1), 133-136.

  • Reputation-based governance and making states 'legible' to their citizens. The Reputation Society, pp 141-150. Editors: Hassan Masum and Mark Tovey.The MIT Press (2012).

    kljds "A prerequisite to effective citizen engagement in governance is making government behavior transparent and understandable, or "legible", to its citizens. Lucio Picci shows how legibility can enable reputation-based governance and improve the accountability and incentives of government and other large organizations"




  • Reputation-based Governance, Stanford University Press (2011)
  • kljds On (US), - UK, - JP, Angus & Robertson - AU.
      From the preface to the book: "I discuss the role and the relevance of reputation in governance, and argue that an intelligent use of widely available Internet technologies would strengthen reputational mechanisms and significantly improve public governance."

      Preface; Read from the introduction.


      "This is a highly original, coherent analysis of the potential of the e-governance to transform the nature and performance of the public sector destroying hierarchies, whether of logic or of power, 'with the possibility (or the threat) of random access and information symmetry.'"
      Fred Thompson, Professor and Director of the Center for Governance and Public Policy Research, Willamette University

      "Reputation-Based Governance presents an innovative and practical proposal to improve government performance through the use of internet-based feedback. Picci's system would give public officials, private contractors, and political appointees incentives to develop strong, positive reputations. E-government can encompass entirely new ways for citizens to hold government to account."
      Susan Rose-Ackerman, Professor, Yale Law School and Department of Political Science and author of From Elections to Democracy

  • The Internationalization of Inventive Activity: A Gravity Model Using Patent Data.Research Policy, Vol: 39, Issue 8, October, 2010, pp: 1070-1081.
  • Quién paga los trajes? La economía de la corrupción. Revista Bostezo # 4, 2010.
  • The 2010 Report on R&D in ICT in the European Union (with Geomina Turlea, Daniel Nepelski, Giuditta de Prato, Sven Lindmark, Andrea de Panizza, Paul Desruelle, David Broster). Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. July 2010.
  • The 2009 Report on R&D in ICT in the European Union (with Geomina Turlea, Sven Lindmark, Andrea De Panizza, Martin Ulbrich, Paul Desruelle, Marc Bogdanowicz and David Broster). Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. July 2009.
  • Pork Barrel Politics in Postwar Italy, 1953-1994, American Journal of Political Science, vol. 52, no. 2 (2008). Co-authored with Miriam A. Golden
  • Reputation-based Governance, First Monday, September 2007
  • The Reputational Budget and its Uses. Mimeo. Presented at the First World Meeting of the Public Choice Society Amsterdam, March 29 - April 1, 2007
  • Reputation-based Governance of Public Works, in G. Piga and Khi V. Thai, Economics of Public Procurement, Palgrave (2007). The same paper appeared in "Rivista di Politica Economica".
  • Rebag-Ware: Reputation-based Governance of Public Works (with Roberto Confalonieri and Cristiano Leoni). Presented at the IST-Africa 2007 Conference & Exhibition, Maputo, Mozambique, 9-11 May 2007.
  • Dal modello Consip a un sistema di procurement nazionale, in Luigi Fiorentino (a cura di), Lo Stato compratore. L’acquisto di beni e servizi nelle pubbliche amministrazioni, Il Mulino, Bologna.
  • Reputation-based Governance of Public Works. Rivista di Politica Economica, No I-II, p. 161-184
  • The Quantitative Evaluation of the Economic Impact of E-Government: a Structural Modelling Approach. Information Economics & Policy (2006), 18, pp. 107-123 Read a methodological note linking the paper to the tradition in econometric structural modelling.
  • Bad design by design: economics meets other types of interactions, in Sebastiano Bagnara and Gillian Crampton Smith (ed.), Theories and Practice in Interaction Design, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, New York. (2006).
  • Corruption and the Management of Public Works in Italy. With Miriam A. Golden. in: International Handbook of Economic Corruption, ed. Susan Rose-Ackerman (Edward Elgar Publisher). (2006).
  • Misurare l'E-Government: il caso Italiano. Rassegna ASTRID, 31 gennaio 2006.
  • Proposal for a New Measure of Corruption, Illustrated with Italian Data, with Miriam A. Golden. Economics and Politics, 2005, Vol. 17, n. 1, pp. 37-75.
    Disclaimer: This is an electronic version of an article published in Economics and Politics: complete citation information for the final version of the paper, as published in the print edition of Economics and Politics, is available on the Blackwell Synergy online delivery service, accessible via the journal's website at or

  • "Corruption measurement and control. Towards a unified approach". Paper presented at the IV Global Forum on Fighting Corruption, Brasilia, Brasil, 7-10 June 2005.
  • Più pubblico di così... , con Gustavo Piga. Il Foglio, 9 novembre 2005.

  • Johanna: A Knowledge Centered Infrastructure for Teleorganizations, With Mauro Gaspari, Davide Guidi, and Andrea Petrucci. Proceedings of E-Challenges 2004.
  • Discussione a "Reti-Network", (D'Ignazio - Giovannetti), Rivista di Politica Economica, Marzo-Aprile 2004. La Replica di D'Ignazio e Giovannetti.
  • Seminario sul Software Open Source, CRC Emilia-Romagna - 20 May 2004.
  • My Scale or Your Meter? Evaluating Methods of Measuring the Internet, with Giampiero Giacomello. Information Economics & Policy, Vol. 15/3, pp. 363-383.
  • Price dynamics in sequential auctions. New evidence using art auction data, with A.E. Scorcu, Empirica, Vol. 30, pp. 163-178.
  • Perché l'amministrazione pubblica diffida di Apache? , on the choice of Open Source Software by the Italian Public Administration. La Voce, June 2003.
  • OSS in the Italian Public Administration : a quantitative survey (May 2003).
  • "European monetary integration and integration theory: insights from the Italian case", with Osvaldo Croci, in: Amy Verdun (2002) (ed.), "The Coming of the Euro: European Integration Theory and Economic and Monetary Union", Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Le opere pubbliche dall'Unità d'Italia: l'informazione statistica, in "Rivista di Politica Economica", special issue, May-June 2002. The data. data on provincial capital stocks and flows, 1970-1998.
  • "Le infrastrutture in Italia. Le differenze territoriali e l'efficienza della spesa", in: L'Italia nella competizione globale - Regole per il mercato, a cura di Mario Baldassarri, Giampaolo Galli e Gustavo Piga, Edizioni il Sole 24 Ore, Milano. (2002).
  • Johanna: Open Collaborative Technologies for Teleorganizations, Technical Report UBLCS-2002-12, with Mauro Gaspari, Andrea Petrucci and Giovanni Faglioni.
  • Fare le infrastrutture, a contribution to the public debate. La Voce, October 2002.
  • "Le linee guida per l'accessibilità del World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)" (PDF file), in Pierluigi Ridolfi (a cura di), I disabili nella società dell'informazione, Franco Angeli, Milano. (2001)
  • "L'adozione delle linee guida del W3C sull'accessibilità in Italia" (PDF file), in Pierluigi Ridolfi (a cura di), I disabili nella società dell'informazione, Franco Angeli, Milano. (2001)
  • "Explaining long- and short-run interactions in time series data", Journal of Business Economics & Statistics, January 2001.
  • "Internet al Governo", with Claudio Caprara (what happens when the prime minister's office digs the Web) . PDF file. In P.Bonora (2001) (ed.) Comcities. Geografie della comunicazione. Baskerville.
  • "Public capital and economic activity in the provinces of the Emilia-Romagna region (with G. Peroni). Working Paper, Universtiy of Ferrara, January 2001
  • Introduzione alla statistica (with B. Pacini). Clueb, Bologna. Read the index and the preface (in Italian). (2000).
  • Esercizi di Statistica. Ambientati in Romagna e altrove. Clueb, Bologna. Read the first pages of the book and a newspaper article to know more (in Italian). (2000).
  • "Saving, Growth and Investment. A Macroeconomic Analysis using a Panel of Countries", with O. Attanansio and A.E. Scorcu, Review of Economics and Statistics, May 2000.
  • "Le verità sfuggenti dell'econometria": what econometrics has to say about empirical research, Keiron, September 2000 (in Italian)
  • "Il capitale nelle regioni italiane", with F. Bonaglia, Working paper n. 374, Department of Economics, University of Bologna (revised and updated from a 1995 version). Data on provincial capital stocks and flows, 1970-1998.
  • "Productivity and infrastructure in the Italian regions" Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia, Vol. 58, N. 3-4, pp. 329-353, December 1999.
  • La Sfera Telematica, Baskerville, October 1999. "To be read":here are some generous reviews (in Italian).
  • A letter on the institutional consequences of the "Caso Zamagni", September 1999 (in Italian).
  • A contribution to the infrastructure debate, Affari e Finanza" (La Repubblica), 19 July 1999 (in Italian).

    Academic plagiarism at the Department of Economics: My position in 2011 (in Italian) (in English) and my position in 1999 (in Italian).

  • Hic manebimus optime: Detto & verbalizzato al Consiglio del Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche del 9 marzo 2011: - uno - e - due -
  • La conclusione del caso

    And now... The Classics ! Biblioteca Augustana