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I am a lecturer at the economics department of the University of Chicago. I hold a 2006 Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a 1999 MA in economics and statistics from the Universite' Libre de Bruxelles, a 1998 MA in economics from CORIPE-Piemonte and a 1997 A.B. in economics from the University of Modena.

My field of research is labor economics, broadly defined to include forays into economic history, family economics, and the economics of education. Within this field, I can identify two core areas of interest. First, I am interested in human capital accumulation both early in life, through schooling and parental investment, and during adulthood, through training, learning by doing, and migration. I have been engaged in exploring how human capital accumulation is affected by public policy, for instance, compulsory schooling laws, minimum wage provisions, and immigration policies, and I plan to further my inquiry into the roles that human capital accumulation plays in the inter-generational transmission of well-being. Because many of the decisions underlying human capital accumulation are made within the context of a household, I extend attention, as often possible, beyond the individual and towards his or her family, household, and extended family. Second, I am interested in labor supply and its interactions with public policy, with special emphasis on public assistance policies and income taxation. Within this area, I intend to continue exploring the role of measurement, modeling complexity, and the out-of-sample validity of joint models (static or dynamic) of labor supply, program participation, and income reporting behavior.