After majoring in Political Science at the University of Florence (B.A.) and in Economics at Bocconi University (M.A.), he received his Ph.D. in Economics from the EUI in 2005. Afterwards, he has been Assistant Professor at Carlos III University of Madrid, Visiting Professor at Harvard University, and Visiting Scholar at MIT, the International Monetary Fund, Pompeu Fabra, and USI Lugano.


Professor Nannicini has published in top peer-review international journals such as the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of the European Economic Association, among many others. In 2014, he has received a Consolidator ERC Grant for the project: “Political Mind: Understanding Politicians’ and Voters’ Behavior.”


In Italy, he has also served government at the highest level, as Chief Economic Advisor of the Prime Minister, Undersecretary of State, and Senator. In that capacity, he has worked on disparate issues such as labor market reform, pension reform, social dialogue with trade unions and employers’ organizations, antipoverty policies, tax design and administration, research policy. He has chaired the Bicameral Committee on Pension and Welfare Agencies.


At the STG, Professor Nannicini teaches “Principles of Economics” (introductory microeconomics) and “Big & Smart Data” (quantitative methods) both at the master and the executive level. He also supervises Ph.D. students at the EUI Economics department.


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Journal of Comparative Economics - forthcoming

Historical Roots of Political Extremism: The Effects of Nazi Occupation of Italy

The Italian civil war and the Nazi occupation of Italy occurred at a critical juncture, just before the birth of a new democracy and when, for the first time in a generation, Italians were choosing political affliations and forming political identities. In this paper we study how these traumatic events …
Joint with Nicola Fontana and Guido Tabellini

American Journal of Political Science - forthcoming

Positive Spillovers from Negative Campaigning

We study the effect of negative advertising in electoral races with more than two candidates with a large scale field experiment.
Joint with Vincenzo Galasso and Salvatore Nunnari

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Salari e contrattazione decentrata eng

Se vogliamo superare i blocchi, sia delle rendite relative alle organizzazioni sindacali che del legittimo timore di avventurarsi in un territorio che riduce il potere contrattuale di chi rappresenta i lavoratori, occorre un modello che faccia leva su esempi virtuosi di contrattazione territoriale.
Nord e Sud. Divari Territoriali, contrattazione e salari