The area is coordinated by Mariapia Mendola (Professor of Economics, University of Milano Bicocca). Resident researchers working in this area are Jacopo Bonan, Massimiliano Bratti, Emanuele Clemente, Federico Maggio and Alessio Romarri. Non-resident researchers include Francesco Campo, Margherita Comola, William Ekere, Guido Friebel, Sara Giunti, Harounan Kazianga, Luigi Minale, Miriam Manchin, Giovanni Prarolo, Franklin Simtowe.
Research work in this area is concentrated on the study of the determinants and constraints of household investment behaviour in developing economies. By employing either large or tailored data sources, combined with cutting-edge analytical tools, our projects address some of the urgent policy issues less-developed countries face. In 2019 the Research Unit has been working on two main topics in development economics, namely youth unemployment and agricultural technology adoption in Africa. We did so by working on two different, externally founded, projects: i) occupational choices and migration intentions among skilled youth in Mozambique (IGC); ii) agricultural extension and technology adoption in rural Uganda (3ie). LdA fellows have been also involved in policy work on migration and development issues, in particular by consulting FAO and UNDP on the determinants of international migration from developing countries (with a special focus on irregular migration between Africa and Europe).
Details on latest research projects can be found below.