Riccardo Puglisi

Role: Associate Professor
Email: riccardo.puglisi@unipv.it
Telephone: +39 0382 984015
CV file: [ita] [eng]




Comparative political economy
Development Economics
Politica economica/macroeconomia


Born in Mantua, July 24th, 1974. An Alumnus of Collegio Ghislieri, he graduated in economics at the University of Pavia in 1998. He holds a Doctorate in Public finance (University of Pavia, 2002) and a PhD in Economics (LSE, 2008).

Academic curriculum

Associate professor in Economics at the Department of Political and Social Sciences. He is a member of the editorial board of lavoce.info (http://www.lavoce.info/la-redazione/riccardo-puglisi/) and an editorialist for Corriere della Sera and Linkiesta. Previously he was a visiting lecturer in quantitative methods at the MIT political science department (2005-2007), a Marie Curie fellow at ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles (2007-2009) and an assistant professor in this department (2009-2015).

In 2016 he was awarded with James M. Snyder, Jr. the Hicks-Tinbergen Medal for an outstanding paper published on the Journal of the European Economic Association during the past two years. In 2015 he won the Ghislieri Prize with Virginio Rognoni.


Research interests

Mass media economics, political economy, economics of migration, public economics.

Recent publications

Peer reviewed publications:

- “Illegal Immigration and Media Exposure: Evidence on Individual Attitudes” (with Giovanni Facchini and Anna Maria Mayda) [2017]. IZA Journal of Migration, forthcoming.

- “Individual Attitudes on Food Quality and Safety: Empirical Evidence on EU Countries” [2016] (with Donatella Baiardi and Simona Scabrosetti). Food Quality and Preference 49: 70-74.

- “Empirical Studies of Media Bias” [2015] (with James M. Snyder, Jr.). In Simon Anderson, Joel Waldfogel, David Stromberg (eds.) Handbook of Media Economics Volume 1B, North-Holland: 647-667.

- “What Do Ads Buy? Daily Coverage of Listed Companies on the Italian Press” [2015] (with Marco Gambaro), European Journal of Political Economy 39: 41-57.

- “The Balanced U.S. Press” [2015] (with James M. Snyder, Jr.), Journal of the European Economic Association 13(2): 240-264. (Hicks-Tinbergen Medal 2016)

- “Does Democracy Affect Taxation and Public Spending? Evidence from Developing Countries” [2013] (with Paola Profeta and Simona Scabrosetti), Journal of Comparative Economics, 41(3): 684–718.

- “Partisan Bias in Economic News: Evidence on the Agenda-Setting Behavior of U.S. Newspapers” [2011] (with Valentino Larcinese and James M. Snyder, Jr.). Journal of Public Economics, 95(9-10): 1178-1189.

- “Newspaper Coverage of Political Scandals” (with James M. Snyder, Jr.) [2011]. Journal of Politics, 73(3): 931-950.

- “Being the New York Times: the Political Behaviour of a Newspaper” [2011]. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 11(1), (Contributions), Article 20.

- “Is Private Campaign Finance a Good Thing? Estimates of the Potential Informational Benefits” (with Andrea Prat and James M. Snyder, Jr.) [2010]. Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 5(3): 291-318.

- “I’m News, Are You? Newspaper Coverage of Elected vs. Appointed Officials” [2008] (with James M. Snyder, Jr.). In Roumeen Islam (ed.) Information and Public Choice: From Media Markets to Policymaking, World Bank Publications.

- “Issues, cleavages and parties: a critical review of the literature” (with Josep Colomer) [2005]. European Political Science, 4: 502-520.

Articles on Italian journals:

- “La politica ai tempi di Twitter” (with Marco Gambaro) [2013]. Il Mulino 2: 246-256.

- “Democracy and public spending in developing countries” (with Paola Profeta and Simona Scabrosetti) [2011]. Rivista di Diritto Finanziario e Scienza delle Finanze 2(I):212-231.

- “La posizione politica dei mass media: misurazione, determinanti, effetti” [2010]. Istituto Lombardo (Rend. Lett.) 144: 137-162.

- “Ugo La Malfa, l'economia mista e la politica senza alternanza nell'Italia della "Prima Repubblica"” [2008]. Il Politico, 217(1): 125-133.

- “Federalismo democratico e comitati interlivelli” (with Luigi Bernardi) [2007]. Politica Economica, 1: 5-28.

- “L’industrializzazione in un modello di lobbying” [2003]. Politica Economica, 1: 137-160.

Other publications:

- “Individual preferences on food characteristics: large-scale evidence on EU countries” (with Donatella Baiardi and Simona Scabrosetti) [2013]. In Giovanni Cordini (ed.) Domestic protection of food safety and quality rights, Torino, G. Giappichelli Editore.

- “Taxation and Democracy in Developing Countries” (with Paola Profeta and Simona Scabrosetti) [2013]. In Clemens Fuest and George R. Zodrow (eds.) Taxation and Democracy in Developing Countries, Cambridge, MIT Press.

- “Individual Attitudes towards Immigration: Economic vs. Non-Economic Determinants” (with Giovanni Facchini and Anna Maria Mayda) [2013]. In Gary P. Freeman, Randall Hansen, e David L. Leal (eds.) Immigration and Public Opinion in Liberal Democracies, Londra, Routledge.

- “A Portal or a Mirror? The coverage of other countries, and the economic crisis, on China Daily” [2012]. In Lihong Zhang e Silvio Beretta (eds.) Contemporary China through the Eyes of Italian Experts, Pechino, China University of Political Science and Law Press.

- “Malnutrizione: lo sguardo (disattento) della stampa italiana” [2010]. In Medici Senza Frontiere (ed.) Le crisi umanitarie dimenticate dai media 2009, Marsilio, Venezia.

- Mentire con le statistiche (with Giancarlo Livraghi) [2007]: first Italian translation of How to Lie with Statistics, by Darrell Huff. Monti & Ambrosini Editori, Pescara.

- “The LSE approach to political economy” [2005]. STICERD Review: 13-16: available online at http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/review/STICERD_Review_2005.pdf

- “Vote buying through resource allocation in a government controlled sector: comment” [2003]. Rivista di Politica Economica 93(1-2): 73-77.

Working papers:

- “Tax Policy and Economic Growth: Does It Really Matter?” [2017] (with Donatella Baiardi, Paola Profeta and Simona Scabrosetti). CESifo Working Paper 6343. Available online:

- “Regulation and consumer satisfaction from public services: an individual fixed effects approach” [2007] (with Simona Grassi). Department of Economics, University of Milan, DEAS working paper 21.

- “Public Ownership, Privatisation and Regulation: Social Welfare Counterfactuals for British Telecom” (con Massimo Florio) [2005]. BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University, Working Paper n. 13/2005.

- “The Spin Doctor Meets the Rational Voter: Electoral Competition with Agenda-Setting Effects” [2004]. Avalaible online at:

Work in progress:

- “Is Soft News a Turn-Off? Evidence from Italian TV News Viewership” (with Marco Gambaro, Valentino Larcinese and James M. Snyder, Jr.)

- “Where do Internet ads come from? Evidence from Italian data, 2004-2009” (with Marco Gambaro)

- “Tweeters uncovered: Determining their political affiliation” (with Monica Consorti)