Final Report for Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC)

This paper is the result of a study done for the Human Resources and Skill Development of Canada (HRSDC), and aim at providing answers to several questions of importance for policy makers, on the relationship between the Student Loan Program in Canada and its effects on labor productivity.

The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics (Advances), Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2010 Art. 28 - Arrow Prize for junior economists 2010. (with Burc Kayahan and Miana Plesca) pdf 

The literature on training has pointed out that macroeconomic fluctuations can have a positive or a negative effect on training decisions.

Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 42, No. 3 August 2009. (with Miana Plesca)  

Using the Canadian General Social Survey we compute returns to postsecondary education relative to high school.

I am currently an Associate Professor at the University of Sassari, Italy and an Enseignant-Chercheur en économie at the Ecole National de la Statistique et de l'Analyse de l'Information (ENSAI) in Rennes (on leave), France and part of the Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique (CREST). I am also affiliated with the institute for the study of labor IZA, Bonn, and the institute for the world economy IfW, Kiel, both in Germany. My research interests are in the area of labor economics, macroeconomics and the economics of migration. Broadly speaking, there are three lines of research that I am pursuing. The first aims at investigating the effects of the international flows of labor and the institutional features that regulates them, on the human capital distributions of the affected areas and countries. The second line of research is on the accumulation process of human capital through education and training and focuses particularly on the Canadian labor market. Finally, I am interested on how the institutional features of public employment, namely the fact that wages are less reactive to productivity changes than in the private sector, affects private employment and unemployment. I am happily married with five children. 



Department of Economics

University of Sassari

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"Empirical characteristics of legal and illegal immigrants in the USA," (with M. Plesca), Journal of Population Economics27(4), 923-960, 2014. (Leading article)

"Intergenerational transmission of abilities and self selection of Mexican immigrants," International Economic Review, 52(2), 523-547, 2011.

"Heterogeneous human capital and migration: Who migrates from Mexico to the US?" Annales d'Economie et de Statistique, 97/98, 2010.

"The impact of aggregate and sectoral fluctuations on training decisions," (with C. Kayahan and M. Plesca), B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, 10(1), (Advances), Article 18, 2010.

"Post-secondary education in Canada: Can ability bias explain the earnings gap between college and university graduates?," (with M. Plesca), Canadian Journal of Economics, 42 (3), 1100-1131, 2009.