My research interests lie in the fields of political economy and econometrics, with a focus on social and economic development.
In my academic work, I study the econometric impact of voting rights' policies across different aspects of American politics, and the effect that these policies have in reducing disparities in the level of development between regions and states. One of my papers is currently R&R at the Journal of Political Economy, while a second paper is published in the Oxford Economic and Social History series.
During my doctoral studies, I have also been a visiting research fellow at both Harvard University and at the European University Institute.
The Voice of Radio in the Battle for Equal Rights: Evidence from the U.S. South
Oxford Economic and Social History Working Papers
Although the 1960s race riots have gone down in history as America’s most violent and destructive ethnic civil disturbances, a single common factor able to explain their insurgence is yet to be found. Using a novel data set on the universe of radio stations airing black-appeal programming, the eﬀect of media on riots is found to be sizable and statistically signiﬁcant. A marginal increase in the signal reception from these stations is estimated to lead to a 7% and 15% rise in the mean levels of the likelihood and intensity of riots, respectively. Several mechanisms behind this result are considered, with the quantity, quality, and the length of exposure to radio programming all being decisive factors.