Welcome to my webpage!

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, my research and teaching home since February 2017.

I currently hold affiliations to Bocconi's IGIER and LEAP, the UiO's Department of Economics, the UEssex's ESRC-MiSoC (Network on Preferences and Expectations), the UChicago's HCEO Working Group (Family Inequality), and the U of York's HEDG (Health Econometrics and Data Group).

Before moving to Bocconi, I had the privilege of working for over six years at the UMichigan's Survey Research Center inside the Institute for Social Research, to which I continue to be affiliated as an adjunct research assistant professor. At UM, my research home was the Health and Retirement Study.

You can reach me at:

Pamela Giustinelli

Department of Economics

Bocconi University

Via Roentgen, 1

20136 Milan (Italy)

office (floor-corridor-room):


e-mail/Teams: pamela.giustinelli@unibocconi.it

alternative email: pamela.giustinelli@gmail.com

Skype: ciaopami

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/pamela-giustinelli-5375b7a2

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About my research:

I am an applied microeconometrician, with a deep interest in uncertainty, heterogeneity, and measurement.

Under these unifying themes, I have been investigating a diverse range of microeconomic behaviors related to human capital broadly defined, including high school track choice by Italian families, work-retirement plans of older US workers, long-term care insurance plans of aging Americans, and compliance to the COVID-19 lockdown rules in the UK, among others.

As part of my research, I design new measurements to advance understanding of microeconomic behavior, especially individual and household decision-making with uncertain consequences or limited information. The leading example of measurement that I have been carrying out is survey elicitation of probabilistic subjective expectations, which are equally important inputs in real-world behavior and microeconometric models of intertemporal choice and choice under uncertainty.

A part of my research investigates how individuals think about uncertainty in important real-life domains and how they communicate perceived uncertainty in economic surveys of expectations. It also studies certain measurement properties of survey expectations and how these affect inference.

Since graduate school, I have developed an increasing number of survey instruments, some independently and others within teams of collaborators and coauthors. Some of these surveys are embedded in large-scale longitudinal studies or online panels and, thus, have contributed to the creation of publicly available data that economists and other social scientists can use to advance knowledge.

Most of my research papers and research in progress make use of microeconomic data collected through purposedly designed expectations surveys. I have recently completed a handbook chapter on Expectations in Education, which reviews the economic literature on survey expectations in the domain of education, and which will appear in the forthcoming Elsevier Handbook of Economic Expectations edited by Ruediger Backmann, Giorgio Topa, and Wilbert van der Klaauw. A longer version of the chapter, covering analytic frameworks and survey elicitation in addition to empirical findings, is already available as a HCEO working paper. To learn more, please have a look at my Research page.