Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Labour, Education, Health and Applied Microeconomics

The research team is composed by people interested in applied microeconomics, labour, education, health and applied microeconometrics. Applied research focuses on empirical strategy design to identify micro level causal relations, using experimental or natural-experiment studies, treatment effects models, matching methods and various class of non-parametric methods. Main applications in labour are, labour markets with frictions, unemployment duration, earnings differentials, unions and LM institutions, immigration, economics of the family and job satisfaction. Education economics covers topics in human capital investment, returns to education, social interaction and peer-effects in education, education reforms. Health topics range from empirical models of health decisions, health over the life-cycle, environment and health, health and work, economic effects of obesity.


Research Topics

Main Topics:  applied microeconomics (consumer behaviour, firm strategic decisions, pricing, economic decisions and culture), labour economics, education economics, health economics, applied microeconometrics, economics of the family, policy analysis, cultural economics.

Specific Topics:

  • Applied microeconomics
    Empirical analysis of: consumer behaviour (consumption, income inequality, poverty); Firm strategic decisions (competition, work organisation, pay incentives, investment); Pricing (strategic interactions, networks). Also economic decisions and culture.
  • Labour economics
    Labour markets with frictions, unemployment duration, earnings differentials, unions and LM institutions, immigration  (selection and assimilation), economics of the family, evaluation of labour market policies and job satisfaction.
  • Education economics
    Human capital investment, returns to education, social interaction and peer-effects in education, education reforms.
  • Health economics
    Health decisions, health over the life-cycle, environment and health, health and work, economic effects of obesity.
  • Applied econometrics
    Empirical strategy design, natural experiments, treatment effects models, matching methods, non-parametric method, duration analysis, panel data.

Presentation of the Research Group