I am an economist in the Department of Economics and Finance at LUISS University, Rome. I joined the faculty at LUISS in 2009, after completing my PhD in economics at Boston University. I also hold a BA and a MA in economics from Bocconi University, Milan. My research interests are at the intersection of macroeconomics and finance. My current research explores risk premia in the market for sovereign bonds, and finds that the timing of default of a country is a key determinant of bond yield spreads. My paper Sovereign Risk Premia (joint with Adrien Verdelhan, MIT) received the ABI Country Forum Best Paper Award at the International Risk Management Conference 2010, and the 2010 WRDS Best Paper Award at the European Financial Management Association Conference.