Economic history, Economics of arts and culture
I am a PhD candidate in economics under the supervision of Professors K. Borowiecki and F. Cinnirella at the Department of Business and Economics
, within the Historical Economics and Development Group
(HEDG). As part of my PhD, thanks to external travel grants, I have spent a semester as a visiting student at the Department of Economic History at the London School of Economics. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Bocconi University, a Master’s degree from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and a Specialized Master’s degree in Management of the Performing Arts from SDA Bocconi. Before joining the PhD program at the SDU, I worked as a researcher at the Vrije Universitet Brussel on a policy report on the Cultural and Creative Economy in the Brussels-Capital Region.
My research lies at the intersection of the economics of arts and culture and of economic history. The projects composing my thesis center around three broad topics: The demand for the arts, the location choice of artists and the role of creativity in history. The first chapter of my thesis “Battle of the Ballet
”, co-written with Alexander Wolf, has recently been published in the Journal of Cultural Economics. I am currently working on two additional projects. The first of these relates to changes in the labor market for musicians as a consequence of the advent of the radio in the 1920s. It draws heavily on extremely detailed US census data and instrumental variables gathered from other sources. The second project, co-authored with my supervisor Karol Borowiecki, exploits a rich dataset on classical composers and explores the relationship between originality, influence and success. All projects are described in more detail on my personal website