Leap Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies


Eliana La Ferrara
Scientific Director
Eliana La Ferrara is the Fondazione Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi Chair in Development Economics at Bocconi University. She received her PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1999. Her research is in development economics, with a particular focus on ethnicity, social norms, institutions and the media.
Lucia Corno
Executive Director
Lucia Corno is Assistant Professor at Catholic University, Milan. She received her PhD in Economics from Bocconi. Her research is in development economics with a focus on the role of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, social norms and ethnic diversity. Lucia was the PI of an innovative data collection among homeless people and collaborated with the World Bank on randomized control trials in Lesotho.
Michela Carlana
Michela Carlana is Assistant Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge (USA). She received her PhD in Economics from Bocconi University in 2018 and she was a PODER research fellow at IIES (Stockholm University) in 2016-17. Her research is in labor and development economics with a focus on immigration and gender issues. Michela examines the role of teacher stereotypes in affecting performance and educational choices of students.
Alexia Delfino

Alexia Delfino is Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Bocconi University. She received her PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2020. Her research is in development and organisational economics, with a focus on the way in which identity affects sorting across occupations and performance within organisations.

Stefano Fiorin

Stefano Fiorin is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Bocconi University. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA Anderson and he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSD Rady. His research focuses on development economics, behavioral economics, political economy, and household finance. Recently, he has collaborated with both private and public institutions on field experiments in South and Southeast Asia.

Jared Gars

Jared Gars is a researcher at LEAP and received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. His current research is on agriculture, behavioral economics, and organizational economics in both developed and developing countries. He is currently working with both private and public institutions on field experiments in Latin America and Africa and is affiliated to JILAEE.

Selene Ghisolfi

Selene Ghisolfi is a Post-Doc researcher at LEAP. She works in development economics, behavioural biases and social norms. Her current research evaluates the role of fairness preferences and bargaining power on the implementation of development policies and on agricultural technology adoption.

Pamela Giustinelli
Pamela Giustinelli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics of Bocconi University. She is interested in modeling, empirical, and counterfactual policy analysis of individual and multilateral decision making under uncertainty-ambiguity, especially as it applies to the family and human capital contexts. She is also interested in survey methodology, particularly as it relates to this line of research.
Joseph-Simon Goerlach
Joseph-Simon Goerlach joined the Department of Economics at Bocconi as an Assistant Professor after receiving a PhD from University College London in 2016. His current research is on international migration, with a focus on dynamic aspects related to migration duration and how this affects economic choices migrants make.
Selim Gulesci
Selim Gulesci is an Associate Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin. He received his PhD in Economics from London School of Economics in 2011 and worked at Bocconi University between 2011-2020. His research is in development economics, with a focus on entrepreneurship, gender and education.
Thomas Le Barbanchon
Thomas Le Barbanchon is associate professor of economics at Bocconi. He received a PhD in Economics from Ecole Polytechnique in 2012. Before 2012, he worked as an economist at the French Statistical Institute and at the Ministry of Labor. His research is in labor economics, with a focus on job search and matching, gender studies, discrimination and social insurance.
Nicola Limodio

Nicola Limodio is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Bocconi University and received his PhD in Economics from LSE in Summer 2017. In spring 2018, he is a Visiting Fellow at the Economics Department and the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at Princeton University. Nicola’s research focuses on banking, corporate finance and development economics.

Paolo Pinotti
Paolo Pinotti is Associate Professor in Economics at Bocconi, the Coordinator of the Rodolfo Debenedetti Foundation, the director of the research unit CLEAN in BAFFI-CAREFIN, and a Researcher at DONDENA. He has published several articles in international journals such as RESTAT, JEEA, EJ, and AEJ:AE. In 2016 he received the AEJ Best Paper Award from the American Economic Association.
Mara Squicciarini
Mara Squicciarini is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Bocconi. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Leuven and she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Northwestern University and Visiting Researcher at Stanford University and at UCLA. Her research focuses on economic history and development economics, and uses historical data to study the cultural and institutional determinants of long-term economic growth.
Diego Ubfal
Diego Ubfal is an Economist in the World Bank's Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab. His research is in development economics, with focus on entrepreneurship, human capital development, networks and financial access. He was Assistant Professor at Bocconi University, and he received his PhD from UCLA.
Fernando Vega-Redondo
Fernando Vega-Redondo is Professor of Economics at Bocconi University. He has also taught at the Universities of Alicante (Spain), Pompeu Fabra (Spain), Essex (UK), Cornell (USA), and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). He is the author of several books including the Complex Economic Networks (2006), Economics and the Theory of Games (2003), and Evolution, Games, and Economic Behavior (1996).
Alessandra Voena

Alessandra Voena's is a Professor at the Department of Economics, Stanford University and she received her PhD in economics from Stanford University in 2011. Her research focuses on economics of the family, as well as labor and development economics.


Chiara Monetti
Administrative Officer
Chiara received a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages for International Relations from Università Cattolica in Milan, where she graduated in English and Russian Languages. Prior to arriving at Bocconi, she worked as International Coordinator for the WIN network (Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research, previously WIN/Gallup International) dealing with administrative aspects, project and event management.

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