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“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it”
I was born in Naples (Italy) on February 20th 1979 and I grew up in Brindisi. When I was 9 years old I moved with parents to Ferrara. During high school (Liceo Scientifico “Roiti”) I met those who still today are my best friends. After one year in Birmingham (UK) with the Eramus project, I graduated in Economics of Public Administration and International Institutions at the University of Ferrara in July 2001, with a dissertation on the European Union enlargement. Straight after graduation I came back to England to attend a one-year Master in Economics at the University of Warwick, where I graduated in September 2002 with a dissertation of aggregate consumption dynamics. I then came back to Italy to attend a four-year english-language Phd programme in Economics at the University of Siena. During my Phd, I obtained a Fulbright Scholarship for Junior Visiting Researchers, and I spent six months in New York, where I attended Phd courses at Columbia and New York University.
In May 2007 I finished my Phd in Siena, defending a thesis on fiscal policy. For the following year and a half I had a post-doc fellowship at the Department of Economics of the University of Bologna, where I was already working as teaching assistant since 2004. In December 2008 I was hired as Assistant Professor at the University Bologna, where in these years I have been teaching Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, International Economics and Advanced Monetary Policy. From 2007 to 2009 (and again in 2012) I also taught European Monetary Integration at the James Madison University (US university) in Florence. In december 2013 I obtained a national qualification for Associate and Full professor in Economics. My research interests regard theoretical and applied macroeconomics, with particular focus on fiscal policy rules and transmission mechanism. You can have a look at my scientific articles in the section “research”, on the left hand side of this page. In 2008, together with a collegue and friend Andrea Mantovani, I wrote the book “European Economic Integration” (published by Il Mulino), in order to try and discuss economic issues with a larger audience that the one usually interested in academic papers. Particularly I was - and still am - worried by the quality of the debate on economic issues in Italy, which was (and still is) far from adequate and precise. If the situation can't be fixed from the supply side (=a better quality of media information), then it must be fixed from the demand side (=greater citizens'awareness, so that they can be in the position to understand, filter and evaluate the information they have access to).
During high school I developed a genuine passion for the “res publica”. I was students representative, director of school and university newspaper, coordinator of students union, president of the students institutional body. In college I was director of students'newspaper, and during Erasmus I was representative of european students in the International Students Committee. From 2004 to 2009 I was member of the City Council of Ferrara, where I was elected in June 2004; I particularly followed economic issues (I was member of the Finance Commission and the Commission for the Supervision of Public Utilities). From 2009 to 2010 I was member of the Administrative Board of Holding Ferrara Servizi, a financial group - owned by the Ferrara Municipality -which controlled all the local Council-owned companies. I particularly followed the restructuring of the company in charge for the public parking. In december 2010 the Major of Ferrara asked me to enter in the City government, where I have been in charge for the Local Budget until 2014. During those four years, and thanks to the all administration, the public debt of the Ferrara municipalities decreased from 167 to 108 billions, public spending decreased by 20% in real terms, and in 2013 Ferrara was the only city in Italy to reduce the local income tax. In September 2014 I resigned because the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi asked me to join his Economic Advisors team. After the resignation of the government in december 2016, the new Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has confirmed my role. Particularly I follow issues related to public finance and fiscal policy. At the moment, I split my time between Rome and Bologna. My greatest passions are sports (particularly swimming, football, tennis and table-tennis), music, spending time with friends, living life fully and passions themselves. And, obviously, my beloved Juventus Football Club. All I ever learnt from life so far is that I still have a lot to learn.And that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” (Franklin D. Roosvelt).