Francesco is Associate Professor (Part-time/Tempo definito) at the Department of Economics, University of Venice. He is also teaching at Brunel University London, the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, and has previously worked at the University of Leicester, Girton College (University of Cambridge), and London School of Economics (LSE). He has held visiting scholar positions at University of California-Berkeley, University Pompeu Fabra, and LSE. He has worked as health economist for the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children's Health, and the National Agency for Regional Health Services. Francesco has been co-investigating a major EPSRC (UK government funding) grant entitled "Semantic Credit Risk Assessment of Business Ecosystems". He has also been the principal investigator on an ESRC (UK government funding) research grant entitled "Statistical Modelling of Interdependence in Economics", and on the UK part of a major EU grant entitled "Biopool- Services associated to digitalise contents of tissues in Biobanks across Europe". Further, he has acted as co-investigator for the grant "Economic Performance and Quality of Life in European Cities" awarded by the Economics Education and Research Consortium. Francesco has served as associate editor for Economic Modelling and he is currently associate editor for the journal Empirical Economics and a Senior Member of ESRC Peer Review College. Francesco has been recentely appointed as co-editor of Contributions to Economic Analysis, Emerald Publishing.