Department of Economics, Messina University
Research Interests: Financial Literacy, Behavioral Finance, Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics
As part of the University of Messina, I conduct field experiments to study the best method to spread financial literacy among millennials.
As a visiting Ph.D. student at Masaryk University, I collaborate with the Masaryk University Experimental Economics Laboratory (MUEEL)
and enjoy spending time in the beautiful city of Brno.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world"
“Finance and Behavior: Best Practices in Italy”
The aim of my research is to identify the existence of a relationship between financial literacy and saving, consumption and investment habits in Italy. In order to do this, my thesis is made up of three chapters. The first chapter aims to review the existing literature. The second one deals with the analysis of a survey conducted by the Bank of Italy between 2006-2010 and 2016 (SHIW data waves in which there is a financial literacy section). Finally, a field experiment that involve 650 students between 16 and 19 years, will be the object of the last chapter. First of all, to produce interesting summary statistics and analysis, a questionnaire was distributed among students in order to compare millennials financial habits with Bank of Italy survey objects ones. Then, two different types of courses – a digitized course and a rule of thumb based one - was offered to two different randomized group of students. Taking into account a control group, then, comparing questionnaires both for treated and untreated, before and after the courses, it could be possible to identify the best way to spread financial literacy among millennials, in the shortest possible time.