The VERA center carries out its research and educational activities thanks to the efforts made by all the team members that make it up.
The Center aims to expand the research and teaching network through the recruitment of academic staff (also through direct call), financing visiting position for qualified international experts and scholars, attracting Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows and ERC grantees, providing them appropriate infrastructures, potential collaborations and accompanying measures.
Thanks to funding from the VERA center, the Department of Economics has recruited professors and young researchers to enhance its research and educational activities.
Associate Professor of Applied Economics
Research interests: Industrial policies, developing countries
Associate Professor of Economic Policy
Research interests: Network models, systemic risk, sustainable finance, climate risk
Giacomo Di Tollo
Research Fellow in Mathematical Methods of Economics, Finance and Actuarial Sciences
Research interests: Research evaluation by quantitative methods; autonomous evolutionary computation; credit risk assessment by neural networks; experimental analysis of algorithms; financial optimization; touristic districts by metaheuristics
Assistant Professor in Statistics
Research interests: Computational statistics, biostatistics
Full Professor of Economics
Research interests: Microeconomic Theory, Industrial Organization, Market Design
Associate Professor of Public Economics
Research interests: Applied Econometrics, Health Economics
Ayokunle Anthony Osuntuyi
Research Fellow in Econometrics
Research interests: Asset pricing, multivariate analysis, bayesian inference, monte carlo methods, performance measures, risk management, portfolio theory
Associate Professor of Econometrics
Research interests: Monte Carlo methods for inference, State-space models, nonlinear models, time series econometrics (Markov switching, volatility modelling, jumps in finance), macroeconometrics (DSGE and VAR models)
Research Fellow in Econometrics
Research interests: Microeconometrics, development economics and economics of migration
Assistant Professor in Mathematical Methods of Economics, Finance and Actuarial Sciences
Research interests: Industrial organization, social interactions and network theory, opinion dynamics and applications to simulated financial markets, microeconomics
Assistant Professor of Economic Policy
Research interests: Economics of innovation, climate change economics
In 2019/2020 the Department of Economics launched the Chairs of Excellence Programme to attract international researchers and scholars.
Loukas Balafoutas (University of Innsbruck)
Experimental Economics taking into particular consideration the following topics: various determinants of prosocial and antisocial behaviour, human cooperation, behaviour in tournaments, the role of emotions in economic decision-making, and issues related to political economics, property rights, and questions on economic equality.
Michele Boldrin (Washington University in Saint Louis)
Teaching activities in Macroeconomics for students of Master’s Degrees and PhD Programme.
Christopher Cotton (Queen's University)
Game theory, experimental economics and empirical methods to answer a range of policy questions.
In 2018 the Department of Economics won the 4th edition of the “Top-up Foscolo Europe Fellowship [ITA]”, sponsored by UniCredit Foundation. Thanks to the award, Ca’ Foscari has offered a four-year post doc position with a highly competitive wage.
In 2018 the Department of Economics host the 2018 edition of the “Carlo Giannini Fellowship in Econometrics”, sponsored by UniCredit Foundation. Thanks to this founding, Ca’ Foscari has offered a two-year post doc position to Dario Palumbo from University of Cambridge.
The VERA Centre has its own governance, complementary to the governance of the Department of Economics. The Director, supported by the Management Board members, presents an annual report on the activities of the Centre, the budget and the results achieved, compared to performance indicators, and the future planned actions. The Director is also supported by the person in charge of each research area of the project.
In addition, the governance includes an International Review Board, which has the task to evaluate and verify that research activity is carried out in accordance with ethical principles defined in international and national legislation, and an Advisory Board, which is made up of members who, individually or collectively, will provide independent advice on scientific research lines as well as views and suggestions on the identified actions and new development plans.