Curriculum Docente

Francesco Lancia

University of Salerno, Department of Economics

Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 - Fisciano (SA), Italy

Office: U.FSTEC-03.P02.018




2017 - Associate Professor, University of Salerno

2011-2017: Assistant Professor, University of Vienna

2009-2011: Researcher, ITEMQ, Catholic University of Milan

Other Affiliations

2019 - Associate Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Europe, Bologna, Italy

2018 - Research Affiliate, CEPR - Centre for Economic Policy Research, London, UK

2017 - Research Fellow, CSEF - Center for Studies in Economics and Finance, Naples, Italy

Research Interests

Game Theory, Macroeconomics, Political Economy, Public Finance


Youth Enfranchisement, Political Responsiveness, and Education Expenditure: Evidence from the U.S., with Graziella Bertocchi, Arcangelo Dimico, and Alessia Russo. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2020, 12(3): 76–106

Compliance Technology and Self-Enforcing Agreements, with Bård Harstad and Alessia Russo. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2019, 17(1): 1–29. Lead article

Sustaining Cooperation through Strategic Self-Interested Actions, with Alessia Russo. The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, 2019, 19(2): 1–11. Lead article

Public Education and Pensions in Democracy: A Political Economy Theory, with Alessia Russo. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2016, 14(5): 1038–1073

A Politico-Economic Model of Aging, Technology Adoption and Growth, with Giovanni Prarolo. Journal of Population Economics, 2012, 25(3): 989 – 1018

Life Expectancy, Human Capital Accumulation, Technological Adoption and the Process of Economic Growth, with Giovanni Prarolo, in Labour Markets and Demographic Change, 2009, VS Verlag Eds.

Working Papers

Optimal Sustainable Intergenerational Insurance, with Alessia Russo and Tim Worrall. CEPR Discussion Paper 15540

Partisan Politics, Public Debt, and Growth, with Alessia Russo

Policies and Instruments for Self-Enforcing Treaties, with Bård Harstad and Alessia Russo. CEPR Discussion Paper 15044

Policy-Related Publications

Boosting the Youth Vote, AEA Research Highlights, 24 August 2020

The Fiscal Impact of Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow, ,, 7 December 2017


2010 Ph.D. in Economics, University of Bologna

Thesis Title: Demographic Change, Intergenerational Conflict and Economic Growth

Thesis Committee: Graziella Bertocchi, Gilles Saint-Paul, Pierre Dubois, Guido Friebel

2008 M.Sc. in Economic Theory and Econometrics, Toulouse School of Economics

2005 M.A. in Cooperation and International Economic Integration, ESAS-CD

2004 Laurea (B.S.) in Political Economy, University of Bologna

Visiting Experiences

2012 - BI Norwegian Business School, University of Oslo and University of Edinburgh, short-visiting periods

Spring 2010 Washington University of St. Louis, Sponsor: Michele Boldrin

Spring 2007 Brown University, Sponsor: Oded Galor

Summer 2005 ECLAC-UN, Santiago, Chile

Fellowship, Awards and Grants

2019-2021 MIUR-PRIN grant no. 2017KHR4MB_003, Scientific Coordinator: The Economics of Culture: Ethnicity, Gender, and their Interactions, € 530,000

2016-2018 Heinrich Graf Hardegg'sche Stiftung grant, Principal Investigator: Politicians, Redistribution and Intergenerational Conflicts, € 8,000

2013-2015 Heinrich Graf Hardegg'sche Stiftung grant, Principal Investigator: Self-Enforcing Intergenerational Risk-Sharing and Pension, € 7,500

2011-2013 EIEF grant, Member: Self-commitment Institution and Cooperation in Research Teams, with Alessia Russo (P.I.), € 10,000

2009-2011 MIUR-PRIN grant no. 2009TNTRY8_001, Member: Institutions, Social Dynamics, and Economic Development, with Giorgio Bellettini (P.I.), € 209,000

2007-2009 MIUR-PRIN grant no. 2007CZN3AN_001, Member: Political Institutions and Demographic Dynamics, with Graziella Bertocchi (P.I.), € 90,000

2007 OIP Fellow Full Grant, Brown University

2006-2009 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Bologna

Seminars and Conference Presentations:

Seminars: Bank of Italy, CSEF-Naples, ETH-Zurich, Catholic U. of Milan, Toulouse School of Economics, U. of Barcelona, U. of Bologna, U. of Copenhagen, U. of Modena and Reggio Emilia, U. Parthenope of Naples, U. of Salerno, U. of Vienna

Selected Conferences: CEPR-ESSIM (Tarragona, 2019), NBER-SI Macro Public Finance (Cambridge, 2017), NBER-SI Income Distribution and Macroeconomics (Cambridge, 2016; 2011), NSF/NBER/CEME Conference on General Equilibrium and Mathematical Economics (New York, 2010), Csef-Igier Symposium on Economics and Institutions (Anacapri, 2019; 2018), SED Annual Meeting (Mexico City, 2019; Ghent, 2011), World Congress of the Econometric Society (Montreal, 2015), European Winter Meeting of the Econometric Society (Edinburgh, 2016), ESEM Annual Meeting (Gothenburg, 2013), ASSA Annual Meeting (Denver, 2011), SAET Conference (Faro, 2011), SAEe Annual Meeting (Madrid, 2010), Workshop on Macroeconomic Dynamics (Vigo, 2010), Jerusalem Workshop in Economic Growth (Jerusalem, 2010), Workshop on Macroeconomic Theory (Pavia, 2010)

Teaching and Related Activities

Supervision of numerous bachelor and master theses at University of Vienna

University of Salerno: Economics of Insurance and Pension (master), Financial Economics (master); Industrial Organization (undergraduate)

Naples School of Economics: Fiscal Policy (Ph.D.)

University of Vienna: Advanced Macroeconomics (master), Intermediate Macroeconomics (undergraduate), Political Economy (undergraduate)

Other Professional Activities

Reviewer for American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics,Economic Theory, Economics and Politics, European Economic Review, European Journal of Political Economy, FinanzArchiv/Public Finance Analysis, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Mathematical Economics, Journal of Public Economic, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Review of Economic Dynamics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics

PhD Committee (External Membership): Gianko Michailidis (University of Barcelona, 2019)


Programming Languages: Matlab, Stata
Languages: Italian (Mother Tongue), English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), German (basic)