Eliana La Ferrara

Eliana La Ferrara

I am the Invernizzi Chair in Development Economics at Bocconi University, Milan, where I also direct the Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies (LEAP). I received a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1999. I was president of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) in 2016-2019 and president of the European Economic Association in 2018. I am Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. I am also a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of CEPR, EUDN and IGIER, and a J-PAL Affiliate.

Full Professor
Chair in Development Economics
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My research covers topics related to development and political economics, and has been published in leading academic journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and the Journal of the European Economic Association. I am the recipient of various research grants from the European Research Council (ERC) and the European Commission.

Research interests

My research focuses on Development Economics and Political Economics, particularly on the role of social factors in economic development. I have studied ethnic diversity, kin structure and social norms, aspirations, and the effects of television on social outcomes. I have also investigated political constraints to development, with particular focus on violent conflict in Africa.

Selected Publications

20287 Development Economics

The course’s emphasis is placed on program evaluation, on the empirical analysis of education, health and microcredit policies, and on institutional constraints to development.