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Luca Mantegazza

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About me

I am a PhD candidate at IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Florida.

Before moving to Lucca, I worked in Tanzania as a project coordinator, working with a farmers’ cooperative to develop strategies to better access markets and optimize costs. It was during that year that I developed interest for academic research in economics and decided to apply to the Doctoral Program in Economics and Institutional Change. The classes I took during the first year of the program helped me to strengthen those skills I developed while working on my Master of Science in Economics at the London School of Economics. During the second year I went to the University of Florida as a visiting scholar where I was subsequently hired as an adjunct lecturer in Microeconomics and Game Theory.

Research Interests

My current research focus on three interconnected topics spanning the literature on microeconomics and behavioral economics, development economics, and political and institutional economy.

First, I am studying why tertiary educated people seem to be more likely to engage in political activities, both within and outside institutional channels, and how this is related to their employment status and labor market rigidities.

From a development economics perspective, I am analyzing the positive relationship between aggregate human capital and political instability when there are high levels of unemployment or political shocks hit the country. This could result in a net negative impact of human capital on economic growth when accounting for the negative influence of political instability.

Finally, I am researching how the interactions among elite, underemployed educated agents, unskilled workers and public servants shape economic and political institutions. In particular, I am interested in the expansion of government bureaucracies for patronage purposes and the introduction of labor policies that are economically inefficient but reduce underemployment and, therefore, political instability.