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, UiO's Department of Economics, UEssex's ESRC-MiSoC (Network on Preferences and Expectations), and UChicago's HCEO Working Group (Family Inequality).


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

What's Up.

Sept 29-Oct 1, 2021 -- Online conference for the Handbook of Economic Expectations.

Oct 25-Oct 29, 2021 -- 2021 Research Methods e-Festival -- Check out the full program here. Adeline Delavande, Emilia Del Bono, and I will have a conversation about 'Eliciting subjective probabilities in surveys' on October 26th.

You can reach me at:


Pamela Giustinelli

Department of Economics

Bocconi University

Via Roentgen, 1

20136 Milan (Italy)

office: 5-E1-14 (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



Speaking of heterogeneity...

Enjoy an example of 'meta' heterogeneity from Peanuts!

Some blurb on my research.

I am an applied econometrician, with a deep interest in uncertainty, heterogeneity, and measurement. Under these unifying themes, I have been investigating a diverse range of microeconomic behaviors within the broad area of human capital, including high school track choice by Italian families, work-retirement plans of older US workers, occupation sector among the college-educated in Mozambique, long-term care insurance of aging Americans, compliance to the COVID-19 lockdown rules in the UK.

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 surveys. To learn more, please have a look at my Research page.