Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Economics
Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Tel: 0039 041 2349134
Curriculum vitae [pdf]
Labour Economics, Migration, Development Economics
- All you need is love… The effect of a mother's or father's migration on the education of children left behind [pdf]
Presented at: International Workshop on Applied Economics of Education (IWAEE) 2015, “Magna Graecia" University, Catanzaro; CEMIR Junior Economist Workshop on Migration Research 2015, Ifo Institute, Munich; Spring Meeting of Young Economist 2015, Ghent University; 1st PhD Workshop on the Economics of Migration 2015, University of Southampton; VII Italian Doctoral Workshop Empirical Economics 2014, University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto; Research seminar at: University of Bologna, University of California, Berkeley
Abstract. This paper examines the effects of family size and demographic structure on offspring’s international migration. We use rich survey data from Mexico to estimate the impact of sibship size, birth order and sibling composition on teenagers’ and young adults’ migration outcomes. We find little evidence that high fertility drives migration. The positive correlation between sibship size and migration disappears when endogeneity of family size is addressed using biological fertility (miscarriages) and infertility shocks. Yet, the chances to migrate are not equally distributed across children within the family. Older siblings, especially firstborns, are more likely to migrate, while having more sisters than brothers may increase the chances of migration, especially among girls. [JEL codes: J13 F22 O15.]
Presented at: 13th IZA Annual Migration Meeting; 2016 Annual Conference of the Royal Economic Society; 2015 ESPE Conference, Izmir; Research seminar at: University of Sussex; SITE, Stockholm; Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisboa; University of Bologna, University of Milano-Bicocca
Work in progress
The effect of immigrants' voting rights: evidence from a 'natural experiment'
Abstract. This paper studies the political effect of immigration in the receiving country, by focusing on how political and economic outcomes change as a consequence of an increase in political power of ethnic minorities, given by the extension of voting rights to non citizens of non EU origin. A reform introduced in Belgium in 2004 is exploited as exogenous variation in the share of immigrant potential voters. In the spirit of a differences-in-differences strategy, election results of municipalities with more immigrants entitled to vote are compared with municipalities with a smaller share of immigrant voters (intensity of the treatment), before and after the reform. Significant effects on elections’ results are found in the region of Flanders and Wallonia. Interestingly, the effect goes in opposite direction: while in Flanders the pro-immigration parties are losing votes in the post reform elections in municipalities with a higher share of immigrants potential voters, the very pro-immigration parties are gaining votes in Wallonia. The magnitude of the estimated coefficients suggests that most of the effect is coming from a change of natives’ voting behavior.
Presented at: 6th Annual Conference on Immigration in OECD Countries, OECD Paris; ZEW Workshop on Assimilation and Integration of Immigrants, Mannheim; CEMIR Junior Economist Workshop on Migration Research 2016, Ifo Institute, Munich; Research seminar at: University of Bologna, University of California, Berkeley