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Paolo Pinotti

Senior Research Fellow
Short bio

Paolo Pinotti is Associate Professor in Economics at the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management of Bocconi University, Coordinator of Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti, and Fellow of the Baffi-Carefin Research Center, where he coordinates the research group CLEAN on the economic analysis of crime. He is also Research Affiliate of the Laboratory for Effective Anti-Poverty Policies (LEAP) and the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics. He is mainly interested in applied econometrics, political economy, economics of crime, and immigration. On these topics he published in various journals, including the American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of the European Economic Association, and Review of Economics and Statistics. In 2016 he was awarded the AEJ: Applied Economics Best Paper Prize by the American Economic Association. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and worked at the Research Department of the Bank of Italy between 2007 and 2011. He has been a consultant of the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Antimafia Commissions on issues related to crime and security.

Research interests
Applied Econometrics political economy economics of crime immigration
  1. Clicking on heaven’s door: The effect of immigrant legalization on crime, American Economic Review, forthcoming

  2. Trust, firm organization and the structure of production (with F. Cingano), Journal of International Economics, 2016

  3. Legal status and the criminal activity of immigrants (with G. Mastrobuoni), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2015 – AEJ Best Paper Award, 2015

  4. Immigration enforcement and crime, American Economic Review (P&P), 2015

  5. The causes and consequences of organized crime: preliminary evidence across countries, Economic Journal, 2015

  6. The economic costs of organized crime: evidence from southern Italy, Economic Journal, 2015

  7. Politicians at work. The private returns and social costs of political connections (with F. Cingano), Journal of the European Economic Association, 2013

  8. Trust, regulation and market failures, The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2012

  9. Do immigrants cause crime? (with M. Bianchi and P. Buonanno), Journal of the European Economic Association, 2012

  10. Financial development and PAYG social security, The BE Journal of Macroeconomics (Topics), 2009

  11. Delayed privatization (with B. Bortolotti), Public Choice, 2008

  12. Econometrics of Crime (with G. Mastrobuoni), in G.J.N. Bruinsma and D.L. Weisburd (eds.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Springer, 2014

  13. Organized crime, violence and the quality of politicians: Evidence from southern Italy, in Lessons from the Economics of Crime, Ed. P. Cook, S. Machin, O. Marie and G. Mastrobuoni, MIT Press, 2013

  14. Democratization and Civic Capital in Italy (with L. Guiso), in G. Toniolo (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Italy and the World Economy since Unification, Oxford University Press, 2013

  15. Comment to "Can public sector wage bills be reduced?", in A. Alesina and F. Giavazzi (eds.), Fiscal Policy and the Financial Crisis, University of Chicago Press, 2013

  16. Analisi economica del comportamento illegale (with F. Drago and R. Galbiati) in Brucchi Luchino, un manuale di economia del lavoro (2nd edition), 2015

  17. Democratizzazione e capitale civico (with L. Guiso), in L’Italia e l’economia mondiale, Ed. G. Toniolo, Marsilio Editori, 2014

  18. Fiducia, regolamentazione e fallimenti del mercato, in Il Capitale Sociale, Ed. G. De Blasio and P. Sestito, Donzelli Editore, 2011

  19. Democrazia e privatizzazioni (with B. Bortolotti and L. Farinola), Equilibri, Il Mulino, vol. 2, pages 165-173, 2004