Publications

1. ​Divorce Laws and Divorce Rate in the U.S. 2013, The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, Vol. 13(1), pages 39, August.

2. Until Death Do Us Part? The Economics of Short-Term Marriage Contracts 2014, with G. Ponthiere, Population Review, Vol. 53(1), pp.19-32. 
(Selected coverage: PSE "5 articles...en 5 minutes"; Libération; The Toronto Star)

3. Unemployment Duration of Spouses: Evidence From France 
2014, LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, Vol. 28(4), pp. 399-429, December.

4. Taxation and Female Labor Supply in Italy 2015, with F. Colonna, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 4:5 (19 March 2015).
Winner of the Prize in Memory of Maria Concetta Chiuri 2011, SIEP​
(Selected coverage: La Voce; InGenere; EspressoNoiseFromAmerika; Linkiesta)


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Other Publications
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F. Colonna, S. Marcassa, "Se il fisco scoraggia il lavoro delle donne"​, Prospettive Sociali e Sanitarie, Anno XLII, Maggio 2012, p.29-30.




Working Papers​​​

Welfare and Trade Elasticity with Multinational Production 2018, with P. Bombarda. Thema Working Paper 2017-14 (R&R)
We explore welfare properties in a firm heterogeneity model with multinational production and export. The presence of multinational production plays a crucial role in delivering an aggregate trade elasticity that is no longer constant, and depends on both supply and demand parameters. We then analyze counterfactual scenarios. Multinational production with intra-firm trade increases welfare gains by up to 4 percent with respect to a model with only export and no truncation. Multinational production à la Helpman et al. (2004) generates the largest welfare gains from liberalization.​​


Marriage Strategy Among European Nobility 2018, with J. Pouyet and T. Tregouet. Thema Working Paper 2017-17(R&R​)
We use a unique dataset to analyze marriage and union patterns of the European nobility from the 1500s to the 1800s. Historical evidence shows that: nobles tended to marry nobles with identical title; and, German marriages, whose dowry rules were more rigid, were characterized by a higher degree of homogamy in titles than English marriages. Moreover, we show that German data exhibit lower odds of intermarriage than English among high ranked titles, and hence provide evidence of a more stratified society. We propose a matching model that rationalizes our empirical findings: it predicts homogamy in title, and that more stringent constraints on the dowries lead to a higher degree of homogamy.

The Geography of Social Change 2018, with A. Fogli 
We investigate how and when social change arises. We use data on the spatial diffusion of the fertility transition across US counties to identify the contribution of coordination and learning in the emergence of a new family model. We provide several measures of local and global spatial correlation to establish the existence of a significant geographic pattern in the data. We propose a mechanism in which cultural assimilation is the engine of the fertility transition. Using Census data starting from 1850, we estimate the speed of fertility assimilation for the different ethnic groups to show that their process of convergence is a crucial channel to explain the aggregate decline of fertility rate over time and across space.

​​Intra-Firm Trade, Multinational Production, and Welfare 2017, with P. Bombarda​​. Thema Working Paper 2017-15
We propose a model where firms have access to competing market strategies: export and multinational production. Due to technological appropriability issues, foreign affiliates import an intermediate input from the home headquarters. The presence of export and multinational production alters the standard results obtained for welfare in heterogeneous firm models, through a double truncation of the productivity distribution. The model is then calibrated to analyze counterfactual scenarios. We find that welfare gains from intra-firm trade range from 0.3 to 7 percent depending on country characteristics.​​


​Work in Progress

The Reallocation of Time in U.S. Households: A Panel Analysis​ with O. Donni