I was born in 1994 in Cento, Italy, a town just off the barycentre of the Bologna-Ferrara-Modena triangle. Growing up, I remember being a fairly avid reader and a dabbler in writing, while also being a football passionate (I support Bologna, my local Serie A team) and spending my fair share of time in front of videogames.
As an adolescent, I followed the Italian High School Humanities track (Liceo Classico), which allows Italian students to study Ancient Greek and Latin in addition to focusing on Italian Literature, Philosophy and History. These studies, in parallel with my own reading, accompanied my growth showing me facets of reality the existence of which I would have never suspected had I missed on the opportunity of taking the courses. Aside from school, I was lucky enough to take part into a number of CISV summer programmes, to which I largely credit my interest in travelling and diversity and which allowed me to improve my English. I also became increasingly interested in music, to which I still dedicate most of my spare time.
After school, I moved to York to study Economics. The three years spent in this beautiful town created in me an interest in applied economic research – which at the time reflected in reading as many papers I could understand. In my third year I came across Migration Economics: the topic stuck with me, I think mainly due to the strong opposing views that still nowadays reign in the field as well as the ‘idiosyncrasies’ associated with each country’s experience. During my Masters at Warwick, I have expanded my knowledge of applied research methods and theoretical notions, chiefly in Labour, Applied Microeconometrics and Development Economics. After finishing the year with a Distinction average, I wrote my dissertation (supervised by Jonathan Portes) on the Economic Assimilation of Pre- and Post-2004 EU Enlargement Immigrants to the UK, using data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study. My work was marked as Outstanding.
Right after completing my Masters, I was offered to work at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research as Research Assistant, focusing on a project that aims to discern the determinants of migration to the United Kingdom and to tentatively forecast post-Brexit flows. The first of a number of works is forthcoming on the Oxford Review of Economic Policy. Following the appointment of Jonathan Portes as Professor of Economics and Public Policy at King's College London, I left NIESR to pursue research at King's.