“There are two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it”

Oscar Wilde

I was born in Naples on February 20th 1979. Until the age of 9 I lived in Brindisi, then I moved with my parents in Ferrara, where I grew up and graduated in Economics of Public Administration and International Institutions in 2001, after spending one year at the University of Birmingham (UK) with the Erasmus project. I earned my Master in Economics at the University of Warwick (UK) in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Siena in 2007. In 2005 I won the Fulbright scholarship and I spent six months in the New York (USA), attending courses and doing my research at Columbia University, New York University and New School. When I got back to Italy, I started working as Teaching and Research Assistant for a few years, and in 2008 I became Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Bologna, where I have been teaching over the years Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Financial Markets. In my career I have also taught undergraduate and graduate course at the James Madison University in Florence and LUISS University in Rome. In 2013 and 2017 I received national qualifications for Associate and Full Professor in Economics. Here you can find my publications and my working papers, and here  students’ opinions about my teaching.

During high school I developed a genuine interest in the “res publica”. I have been students representative and leader of students associations in my home town. During the Erasmus year, I have been European representative in the International Students Standing Committee. From 2004 to 2009 I have been City Counsellor in Ferrara; from 2009 to 2010 Board Member of the local Holding of municipality-owned enterprises. From 2010 to 2014 I served as Municipal Executive for member Finance and Economics in the local government, implementing a massive program of debt reduction (-34%) and cut in public spending (-18% in real terms). From 2014 to 2018 I have been Economic Advisor of the Italian Prime Minister, and I have been in charge of many public finance issues (among them the reform of the Italian fiscal rules). In 2018 I have been elected member of Parliament for the Democratic Party.

My private life is made of passions (run or swim in early morning, explain things cleary and realize I made myself clear enough, listen to the right music at the right time, Italian history of the second half of XX century, enjoy winter during winter time and summer during summer time, orange juice, sauna), of great, unique and immortal loves (Juventus football club), of friendships (few but precious) and of many, many contradictions. I am not inclined to envy people, with one exceptions: those we were lucky enough to personally meet Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. I have many preferred citations, but the one leading my path every day is by a US president: “the only thing to fear is fear itself” (T. Roosevelt).