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.
and Female Labor Supply in Italy 2015, with F. Colonna, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 4:5 (19 March 2015).
the Prize in Memory of Maria Concetta Chiuri 2011,
(Selected coverage: La Voce; InGenere; Espresso; NoiseFromAmerika; Linkiesta)
5. Welfare and Trade Elasticity with Multinational Production 2019, with P. Bombarda. Accepted in The World Economy.
S. Marcassa, "Se il fisco scoraggia il lavoro delle donne",
Prospettive Sociali e Sanitarie, Anno XLII, Maggio 2012,
Marriage Strategy Among the European Nobility 2019, with J. Pouyet and T. Tregouet. Thema Working Paper 2017-17(Resubmitted to Explorations in Economic History, 2nd round)
We use a unique dataset to analyze the marriage patterns of the British and German nobility from the 1500s to the 1800s, and discuss the differences in institutions between the two countries. Historical evidence shows that: nobles tended to marry nobles with identical title; and, German marriages were characterized by a higher degree of homogamy in titles than British marriages. Moreover, we show that German data exhibit lower odds of marriage than British among nobles and commoners, and hence provide evidence of a more stratified society. Finally, we propose a diff-in-diff exercise to test the correlation between highly restrictive marriage laws and marital sorting in Germany.
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