Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Department of Economics and Finance

Director: Prof. Luca Vittorio Angelo Colombo

The Department

The Department of Economics and Finance (DEF) was established in 2013 with the goal of fostering high quality research with a relevant policy impact, promoting participation to the international academic community and providing a rich intellectual environment for both scholars and students. Members of DEF publish on leading economic journals and are active in a number of research fields including: microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, labour and education economics, public finance, monetary economics, development economics, industrial economics.

Department members include columnists of major financial newspapers and advisors for the Italian government both at the national and regional level. They also have experience as members of international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Fiscal Board.

Featured research

Colussi, T., with I.E. Isphording, and N. Pestel. “Minority salience and political extremism”, forthcoming in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

The political success of right-wing populists in the US and in many European countries is often attributed to a surge in anti-immigrant sentiments among broad parts of voter populations. Researchers, however, have struggled to understand the development of these hostile attitudes...

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ERC Starting grant

Professor Lucia Corno received a prestigious ERC Starting grant to develop a project on Harmful Traditions, Women Empowerment and Development.

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