Welfare and Collective Choice

This research area investigates the characteristics, the determinants and the effects of inequality, poverty and other phenomena that affect economic equilibrium and the social structure over a medium and long-term period, such as intergenerational mobility, discrimination, crime and conflicts. The mechanisms that drive individual and family choices of consumption, savings and accumulation of human and physical capital are analyzed under multiple perspectives, encompassing the economics of development, the theory of voting, the institutional economics, and the analysis of individual and collective choices under risk. From a normative point of view, the recent theory of equality of opportunities is developed following innovative research also based on methodological tools (curves of discrimination, dissimilarity analysis) that have been recently developed by the members of the Department. The research activity of this area is completed with empirical investigations that provide robust descriptive and causal analysis and propose clear lines of intervention to policy-makers interested in the well-being of families and social cohesion, in coherence with the most recent ethical principles of distributive justice.
Francesco Andreoli
Temporary Assistant Professor
Emanuele Bracco
Associate Professor
Ylenia Brilli
Research Scholarship Holders
Alessandro Bucciol
Full Professor
Giam Pietro Cipriani
Full Professor
Francesco De Sinopoli
Full Professor
Maria Vittoria Levati
Full Professor
Martina Menon
Associate Professor
Eugenio Peluso
Associate Professor
Federico Perali
Full Professor
Veronica Polin
Assistant Professor
Roberto Ricciuti
Associate Professor
Marcella Veronesi
Associate Professor
Angelo Zago
Associate Professor
Luca Zarri
Full Professor
Claudio Zoli
Full Professor
Research interests
Topic People Description
Education and Research Insititutions (see  JEL classification)
JEL I21 - Analysis of Education Martina Menon
Federico Perali
Study of investment models in human capital with particular regard to investment choices in tertiary and higher education
JEL I22 - Educational Finance Marcella Veronesi
Analysis of the impact of financial literacy received during childhood by the family on wealth decisions when adults.
JEL I24 - Education and Inequality Maria Vittoria Levati
Design and analysis of interventions inspired by behavioral economics aimed at reducing gender disparities and socio-economic inequalities associated with educational choices in technical and scientific subjects.
Welfare and Poverty (see  JEL classification)
JEL I31 - General Welfare, Well-Being Francesco Andreoli
Martina Menon
Eugenio Peluso
Federico Perali
Study and measurement of individual and family well-being. Measurement of well-being for vulnerable families and those subject to a greater risk of poverty. Distribution of welfare at the social level.
JEL I32 - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty Martina Menon
Federico Perali
Veronica Polin
Claudio Zoli
Analysis and measurement of poverty. Appraisal of deprivation in terms of income and in a multidimensional context. Qualitative assesment of poverty.  Measurement of child poverty with particular attention to the application to models of family collective choices. Measurement of family needs, use of equivalence scales and identification of child poverty and poverty at household level. Analysis of extreme poverty in urban areas with a blended-methods approach.
JEL I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs Veronica Polin
Analysis, ex ante and ex post, of the effects of national and local welfare policies through microsimulation models and qualitative tools
Game Theory and Bargaining Theory (see  JEL classification)
JEL C72 - Noncooperative Games Francesco De Sinopoli
Theory of non-cooperative games. Analysis of equilibrium concepts in non-cooperative games and study of equilibrium refinements. Include the analysis of equilibrium stability.
Analysis of Collective Decision-Making (see  JEL classification)
JEL D72 - Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior Emanuele Bracco
Francesco De Sinopoli
Roberto Ricciuti
Analysis of economic models of electoral systems. Comparative analysis of political and institutional systems. Economic models for the analysis of political accountability, lobbying strategies and electoral campaigns.
JEL D74 - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances Roberto Ricciuti
Analysis of military and civil conflict, their causes and effects. Analysis of post-conflict interventions (peace-keeping, peace-enforcing)
Distribution (see  JEL classification)
JEL D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions Francesco Andreoli
Eugenio Peluso
Claudio Zoli
The study of income distribution, taxation and inequality. Analysis of wage distribution, components of income, and wealth. Analysis of wage, income and wealth differentials between social and gender categories, with particular emphasis on gender wage discrimination.
Household Behavior and Family Economics (see  JEL classification)
JEL D11 - Consumer Economics: Theory Martina Menon
Federico Perali
Economic theory of consumer behavior. The analysis take into account the problems of an exact aggregation and heterogeneity of consumers. It also extends the neoclassical consumer theory to cooperative models.
JEL D12 - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis Martina Menon
Federico Perali
Empirical analysis of the economic theory of consumers through the econometric estimates of the Engel curves, purchase irregularity problem, unit values, and the design of sample surveys of the families.
JEL D13 - Household Production and Intrahousehold Allocation Ylenia Brilli
Martina Menon
Federico Perali
Study of theoretical and empirical models for the analysis of collective choices within the family. Analysis of economic models related to consumption choices, family production, allocation of time, and family work offer. Study of bargaining mechanisms at family level and definition of decision-making powers within the family, endogenous fixation of prices and shadow wages.
JEL D14 - Personal Finance Alessandro Bucciol
Analysis of single-period and multi-period consumption and saving decisions; financial risk propensity.
JEL D15 - Intertemporal Household Choice ; Life Cycle Models and Saving Giam Pietro Cipriani
Macroeconomic models of intertemporal choices: savings, human capital accumulation, intergenerational transfers
Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty (see  JEL classification)
JEL D81 - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty Eugenio Peluso
Claudio Zoli
Theoretical study of decision-making under risk and uncertainty. It includes, also, models of risk measurement, evaluation of the effects of policies and economic choices under uncertain contexts. Multidimensional analysis of individual risk attitudes and its applications in the areas of risk sharing and analysis of the distribution of risks at the social level.
JEL D82 - Asymmetric and Private Information Angelo Zago
Analysis of the functioning of the markets in terms of information asymmetry. Study of the incentives for the disclosure of information by economic agents who are aware of private and useful information for decision-making purposes. Analysis of inefficiencies that may arise due to information asymmetry, and study of associated corrective mechanisms.
JEL D87 - Neuroeconomics Luca Zarri
Design and analysis of neuroscientific laboratory experiments aimed at shedding light on the neural underpinnings of individuals' sense of fairness and willingness to sanction unfair behavior.
Microeconomics (see  JEL classification)
JEL D01 - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles Luca Zarri
Theoretical and empirical analysis of individual preferences affected by (i) a "preference for belief consonance" (related to people's desire for the beliefs of other people or groups to align with their own) and (ii) social status concerns.
Welfare Economics (see  JEL classification)
JEL D61 - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis Marcella Veronesi
Evaluation of costs and benefits of public policies such as environmental policies to reduce risks from air pollution, water pollution or contaminated sites.
JEL D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement Francesco Andreoli
Eugenio Peluso
Veronica Polin
Claudio Zoli
Analysis and evaluation of welfare effect of public policies. Measurement of inequality, poverty and well-being. Also includes applications of criteria of distributive justice for the analysis of income distribution and both social and economic conditions of individuals and families. Study of polarization of income, segregation and discrimination. Analysis of innovative visions of social justice, particularly in urban areas.
Gruppi di ricerca
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Title Managers Sponsors Starting date Duration (months)
Assessing MOBIlity and inequality along LIFE cycle: Theory and evidence from surveys and historical longitudinal data Eugenio Peluso 9/1/19 24
La struttura del Cyberconflict e le sue relazioni con il sistema mondo: un’analisi tramite i reticoli sociali Roberto Ricciuti, Alessandra Foresta Assegno finalizzato - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 9/1/19 12
Health at birth and parental investment decisions Ylenia Brilli Post-doc 4/16/18 36
Stima del benessere sociale in modelli colletivi e comparabilità tra persone Federico Perali, Elisa Pagani Assegno finalizzato - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 12/1/17 12
Unexplored effects of marital property regimes Daniela Piazzalunga Post-doc 11/6/17 36
Percorsi di RSI. Dall'inserimento all'autonomia lavorativa Luca Zarri, Alessia Zoppelletto borsa di ricerca - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 10/9/17 12
Percorsi di RSI. Rigenerazione imprenditiva di beni comuni Luca Zarri, Marta Avesani borsa di ricerca - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 10/9/17 12
The role of behavioral strategies in effectively promoting STEM education Maria Vittoria Levati Ricerca di Base di Ateneo 2015 10/1/17 24
The power of words in a petty corruption experiment Chiara Nardi Post-doc 10/1/17 36
Disability and Well-being: the case of patients with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and their families Federico Perali Ricerca di Base di Ateneo 2015 7/1/17 24
Immigrati: effetti sul mercato del lavoro e sul benessere nell'area vicentina Eugenio Peluso, Elisa Pagani Assegno finalizzato - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 12/1/16 12
Poisson Games and Political Economy Claudia Meroni Post-doc 9/1/16 36
Self-confidence and prejudices: a field experiment Simona Cicognani Post-doc 1/15/16 36
NUOVA ISEE - MY WELFARE Federico Perali, Elena Dalla Chiara Assegno finalizzato - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 1/1/16 21
The relationship between female labour force participation and the supply of child care facilities in developing countries Maria Carmela Lo Bue Post-doc 10/15/15 24
Giochi elettorali di Poisson Francesco De Sinopoli, Claudia Meroni Assegno finalizzato - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 9/1/15 12
Markets for votes: conflict, distribution and welfare Monica Anna Giovanniello Post-doc 9/1/15 36
Does it promote economy and well-being? The impact of teleworking on environment and labour market outcomes Federico Perali, Eleftherios Giovanis Commissione Europea (Marie Curie fellowship) 6/1/15 24
Le politiche familiari e le politiche di contrasto alla povertà in Italia: un’analisi quali-quantitativa a livello locale e regionale Veronica Polin Assegno finalizzato - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 2/1/15 12
Assegno: Analisi Causale della Criminalità Giovanile in Italia: uno studio caso-controllo Federico Perali 6/1/14 12
Assegno: Disuguaglianza e crisi economica Roberto Ricciuti 6/1/14 12
Assegno: Analisi econometrica del passaggio dall'università al mondo del lavoro Diego Lubian 5/1/14 12
Assegno: Processi di diffusione di shock in reti multi-livello Andrea Roventini 5/1/14 12
Assegno: Un approccio sperimentale a temi di political economy Maria Vittoria Levati 11/1/13 24
Qualità della vita e salute: un'analisi multidimensionale Eugenio Peluso, Elisa Pagani Assegno finalizzato - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 7/1/13 36
Assegno FSE: Community Planning per lo sviluppo socioeconomico Federico Perali Assegno FSE - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 3/20/13 12
Crisi economiche e qualità delle democrazie in Europa Roberto Ricciuti MIUR - PRIN 2/15/13 36