I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Economics of the University of Zurich
and I am on the job market in the 2023/2024 academic year.
I am a political economist and economic historian. My current research examines the role of grassroots organizations in political participation. In my job market paper, I focus on U.S. labor unions and study how a large-scale corruption scandal hindered their ability to mobilize workers and voters.
I earned my M.Sc. in economics at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) in 2017 and my B.A. in International Studies from University of Trieste. My research interests include political economy, economic history, labor economics, and development economics.
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MSc in Economics, 2017
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
BA in International Studies, 2015
University of Trieste
Can exposing corruption have unintended negative consequences? I tackle this question in the context of labor unions in the U.S., where the U.S. Senate McClellan Committee (1957-1960) publicly exposed corruption and organized crime infiltrations in their ranks. Using a difference-in-differences identification strategy and novel data, I examine the consequences of the Committee’s investigation on unionization, the capacity of unions to mobilize voters during elections, and their ability to influence public policy. I study both the direct effects of the investigation in areas where investigated union locals were present and the indirect effects (or spillovers) in areas where no investigated union locals were present. First, I find that the negative spillover effects on unionization were stronger than the direct effects. Second, I show that the investigation caused a persistent decrease in the capacity of unions to foster voters' political participation in presidential elections. Finally, I provide evidence suggesting that the spillovers are at least partially explained by a large-scale news and reputation shock that had negative consequences on the entire American labor movement.