At present I am a full professor of Economics at University of Naples, “Parthenope”. I obtained my PhD in 2001 from the University of Manchester, UK, where I have also been a Research Fellow.
I have been a research fellow at IDEGA University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2004-2006) and a visiting professor at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2006/07).
I am currently affiliated to the Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance of the University of Naples Federico II and to the Center for Research on International Economics of University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. I am also a fellow of the Institute for Studies on Mediterranean Societies of the Italian National Research Council.
My fields of interest are economic growth, contract theory, monetary economics and theory of financial intermediation. My latest research focuses on the interrelationship between criminal activity, corruption and growth and on the role of the underground economy in economic development. You can find more details on my research activity in the research page.