Published and Forthcoming Papers

The Acceleration of Immigrant Unhealthy Assimilation (with Osea Giuntella)
IZA DP 9664. Health Economics, March 2016.

Abstract: It is well-known that immigrants tend to be healthier than US natives and that this advantage erodes with time spent in the US. However, we know less about the heterogeneity of these trajectories among arrival cohorts. Recent studies have shown that later arrival cohorts of immigrants have lower entry wages and experience less economic assimilation. In this paper, we investigate whether similar cohort effects can be observed in the weight assimilation of immigrants in the US. Focusing on obesity, we show that more recent immigrant cohorts arrive with higher obesity rates and experience a faster “unhealthy assimilation” in terms of weight gain.

Living Arrangements in Europe: Whether and Why Paternal Retirement Matters
Accepted at Review of Economics of the Household.

Abstract: This paper uses retrospective micro data from eleven European countries to investigate the role of paternal retirement in explaining children's decisions to leave the parental home. To assess causality, I use a bivariate discrete-time hazard model with shared frailty and exploit over time and cross-country variation in early retirement legislation. Overall, the results indicate a positive and significant influence of paternal retirement on the probability of first nest-leaving of children residing in Southern European countries, for both sons and daughters. Focusing on Southern Europe, I find that the increase in children's nest-leaving around the time of paternal retirement does not appear to be justified by changes in parental resources. Rather, channels involving the supply of informal child care provided by grandparents or the quality of the home should be the focus of study.

Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital in Europe: Evidence from SHARE
IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, Vol. 2: Article 13, 2013.

Abstract: This paper extends the previous literature on the intergenerational transmission of human capital by exploiting variation in compulsory schooling reforms across nine European countries over the period 1920-1956. My empirical strategy follows an instrumental variable (IV) approach, instrumenting parental education with years of compulsory schooling. I find some evidence of a causal relationship between parents' and children's education. The magnitude of the estimated effect is large: an additional year of parental education raises the child's education by 0.44 of a year. I also find that maternal schooling is more important than paternal schooling for the academic performance of their offspring. The results are robust to several specification checks.


Working Papers and Work in Progress



Broadband Internet, Digital Temptations, and Sleep (with Francesco C. Billari and Osea Giuntella)


Does Broadband Internet Affect Fertility? (with Francesco C. Billari and Osea Giuntella)

Cohort at Risk: The Long-Term Consequences of Conflict for Child School Achievement (with Hendrik Jürges, Samah Hallaq and  Alexandra Schwarz)

The Ant or the Grasshopper? The Long-Term Consequences of Unilateral Divorce Laws on Savings of European Households (with Viola Angelini, Marco Bertoni and Christoph T. Weiss)

Cohort Differences in Wage Assimilation of Immigrants (with Osea Giuntella)