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Formal Political Theory I

Harvard University, 2017 - 2018

Game theory is widely used in political science to analyze strategic interactions in different settings. Each subfield - to a varying degree - has seen game-theoretic concepts enter its vocabulary, and students entering the profession need to grasp the potential and limits of game theory. This course is the first in a two-course sequence in game theory. Students will learn the basic concepts of game-theoretic modeling and how to solve most types of games used in applied work in political science or related disciplines. The main aim is to prepare students to be good “consumers” of game-theoretic work in the substantive areas they work on, with the secondary goal of preparing them to think about writing their own models. In particular, students will leave the course with a working knowledge of games of complete information, to the point where they can write down a (simple) model, solve it, and state some of the model’s empirical implications. Students will also have an introductory knowledge of games of incomplete information.

Economia del Lavoro e delle Risorse Umane

Bocconi University, 2017 - 2018

Il corso fornisce gli strumenti essenziali per comprendere i meccanismi che regolano il funzionamento del mercato del lavoro e le decisioni interne alle imprese nell’utilizzo della propria forza lavoro. In particolare, saranno forniti gli strumenti analitici di base per comprendere il ruolo delle istituzioni e delle politiche pubbliche che influenzano il mercato del lavoro (dalla regolamentazione dei contratti al salario minimo; dai sussidi alla disoccupazione alle politiche sull’immigrazione; dalla formazione agli incentivi all’occupazione). Un’enfasi particolare sarà data all'approccio di political economy, che studia la realizzabilità e il supporto politico ricevuto dalle diverse istituzioni e riforme del mercato del lavoro. La discussione teorica sarà integrata dall'analisi empirica dei mercati del lavoro europei e americano. Saranno anche analizzati alcuni dei temi classici dell’economia del personale dal punto di vista dell’impresa: selezione dei lavoratori, schemi retributivi, orario di lavoro e scelta delle forme contrattuali.

Empirical Research Methods

Bocconi University, 2014 - 2015

The course will introduce students to the main tools used for data analysis and applied empirical research, focusing in particular on the estimation of causal relationships. The methods covered will allow students to address questions that are relevant from a social, economic, and political perspective: Which are the economic returns of one additional year of schooling? Do longer prison sentences deter crimes? Do better paid politicians perform better? Does health insurance make people healthier? What’s the economic impact of immigration flows? These are just examples of the type of questions that will motivate the use of empirical methods. At the end of the course, students should be able to go through the multiple stages of empirical research: searching for interesting questions, devising an appropriate research design, collecting the data, and implementing the analysis. Throughout the course, the craft of empirical design will be discussed both during class lectures and during computer lab sessions, where sample datasets will be analyzed with the use of the statistical software Stata.

Political Economics

Bocconi University, 2014 - 2015

How do politics and institutions affect the economy? The course is designed to provide students with an introduction to contemporary political economics. The aim is to understand the main features of contemporary democracies, to explain how economic policies are determined, and to analyze how these policies may differ according to the underlying political institutions. The course analyzes how political and electoral incentives may influence economic policies, and focuses on how these differences in economic policies may arise from political institutions, such as electoral rules and regime types. A particular emphasis is devoted to the selection of politicians.

Econometrics II

Bocconi University, 2014 - 2015

The course will cover the following topics:
1. The Quest for Causality in Econometrics
2. Can We Trust the CIA (Conditional Independence Assumption)?
3. Hidden‐Bias Sensitivity Analysis
4. Instrumental Variables: LATE vs. Structural Interpretations
5. Experimental and Quasi‐Experimental Designs for Causal Inference

Reading Group Empirical Political Economics

Bocconi University, 2013 - 2014

The aim of the reading group (RG) is to explore some specific topics in empirical economics, with a particular references to recent contributions in the fields of political economics and development economics. The recent "credibility revolution" in empirical economics and the associated quest for the identification of causal effects (see Angrist and Pischke, 2010) has favored a shift from cross‐country to within‐country studies also in political economics and development economics. As a result, the gain in internal validity has come at the price of reducing external validity. The RG will review some of the main contributions and discuss the following questions. How consistent between each other are the findings accruing from different institutional environments and (often local) identification strategies? What insights from the theoretical literature have been unveiled so far? How credible are the identifying assumptions used by different approaches?


Bocconi University, 2008 - 2014

Il corso si propone di introdurre lo studente alla comprensione e all'impiego dei metodi quantitativi in economia. Nel corso vengono trattati il modello lineare e le sue generalizzazioni; la teoria della stima e quella dei test; le tecniche di specificazione econometrica e i problemi di selezione del modello; il metodo di stima con variabili strumentali. Tali tecniche sono illustrate sia dal punto di vista teorico, sia attraverso esempi di applicazioni empiriche.

Topics in Political Economy

Università della Svizzera Italiana, 2011 - 2012

The goal of the course is to discuss current topics in political economics, both from a theoretical and from an empirical perspective. This means to study the formation of economic policy from a positive, rather than a normative, point of view. Thus, we will address questions such as: What are the political and institutional determinants of fiscal and economic policy in modern democracies? Which features of political institutions are more likely to foster economic development? Why are seemingly inefficient public policies preserved over time, and what can be done to overcome opposition to reform? Is the quality of politicians relevant for economic outcomes, and - if yes - how can we improve political selection? What institutional, monetary and social factors influence the behavior of elected officials? How do voters respond to information provided by the media and by political candidates? We will also discuss issues related to the role of institutions and culture in affecting policy making.

Economia e Politiche del Lavoro

Bocconi University, 2010 - 2011

Lo scopo del corso è quello di fornire gli strumenti analitici di base per comprendere il ruolo delle varie istituzioni che influenzano il mercato del lavoro. Il corso si prefigge di analizzare sia gli obiettivi sia gli effetti delle diverse istituzioni del mercato del lavoro (come la regolamentazione dei contratti a tempo determinato e indeterminato; il salario minimo; i sussidi alla disoccu- pazione; le politiche sull’immigrazione; e così via). Un’enfasi particolare sar`a data all’approccio di political economy, che studia la realizzabilità e il supporto politico ricevuto dalle diverse istituzioni e riforme del mercato del lavoro. La discussione teorica sarà integrata dall’analisi empirica dei mercati del lavoro europei e statunitense.

European Human Resources

Bocconi University, 2008 - 2009

This course aims at providing the basic analytical tools needed to understand the role of different institutions in shaping the labor market. We will study both the goals and effects of different labor market institutions such as the regulation of permanent and temporary employ- ment, the minimum wage, or welfare benefits. A particular emphasis will be devoted to the political economy approach: in other words, the analysis will focus on the winners and losers of different institutions and reforms, in order to understand their political support and feasibility. The theoretical discussion will be complemented by the institutional and statistical analysis of the European and U.S. labor markets.