I am an empirical microeconomist. My research activity lies in the intersection of organizational economics with industrial organization and entrepreneurship as I pursue a primary interest in studying the governed transactions between public and private organizations and those occurring within public organizations. In doing so, my research aims at disentangling the different channels through which the government can affect social welfare in regulating its relationship with the private sector. The natural focus to date has been on the analysis of the public procurement market (i.e. government buyers’ interaction with private sellers and the governance of public purchasing bodies). My on-going projects are based on data from the United States and Italy. Innovation and competition are my ancillary research topics.
I am currently affiliated with the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim (Germany) where I lead the research group “Economics of Public Procurement”. I am also a member of the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI). Previously, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) from 2017 to 2018, where I obtained my doctoral degree in June 2017. Prior to that, in 2013, I earned a master’s degree from the Toulouse School of Economics.