Paolo Pinotti

I am Professor of Economics and Endowed Chair in the Economic Analysis of Crime at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of Bocconi University, where I direct the CLEAN Centre for the Economic Analysis of Crime. I am also Coordinator of Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti, a research institute on labor and social policies in Europe. Before moving to Milan, I obtained my Ph.D. from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2009, and I worked at the Research Department of the Bank of Italy between 2007 and 2011.

Full Professor

I hold an ERC Consolidator Grant for the project "Clean Evidence on Dirty Deeds" and I am the PI on the project “Dark Side of the Money”, funded by a PRIN Grant from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

Research interests

I am an applied economist with a strong interest in social phenomena that are relevant from both a scientific and a policy perspective, such as immigration, organized crime, discrimination, and mass media. I study these phenomena through the lens of economic principles and employing state-of-the-art econometric methods. My research has been published in leading scientific journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies. In 2016, I was awarded the “AEJ:Applied Economics” Best Paper Award by the American Economic Association.

Working papers
Pinotti P., Alesina A., Carlana M., La Ferrara E.
Revealing stereotypes: Evidence from immigrants in schools
Revise & Resubmit, American Economic Review
Pinotti P., Adda J., Tura G.
There’s More to Marriage than Love: The Effect of Legal Status and Cultural Distance on Intermarriages and Separations
Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Political Economy
Pinotti P., Bhalotra S., Britto D., Sampaio B.
Job Displacement, Unemployment Benefits, and Domestic Violence
Revise & Resubmit, Review of Economic Studies
Pinotti P., Britto D., Sampaio B.
The Effect of Job Loss and Unemployment Insurance on Crime in Brazil
Econometrica, accepted for publication
Pinotti P., Carlana M., La Ferrara E.
Goals and gaps: The educational careers of immigrant children
Econometrica, accepted for publication
Selected Publications

I have been teaching principles and methodologies for empirical policy evaluation at both graduate and undergraduate level. I also like to give public lectures and teach short courses to policy makers and practitioners outside academia.