Alessandro Cigno

University of Florence, Italy, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, University of Florence, Italy

Research interest

Household economics, child labor, optimal fiscal treatment of families, design of pension systems

Past positions

University of Pisa, University of Hull, University of Wisconsin at Madison.


PhD, Mathematical Economics, University of Birmingham, 1972

Selected publications

  • “Taxing family size and subsidizing child-specific commodities?” Journal of Public Economics 84 (2002): 75–90 (with A. Pettini).

  • “Does globalization increase child labor?” (with F. C. Rosati and L. Guarcello), World Development 30 (2002): 1579-1589.

  • “Transfers to families with children as a principal-agent problem” (with A. Luporini and A. Pettini), Journal of Public Economics 87 (2003): 1165-1172.

  • The Economics of Child Labour. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006 (with F. Rosati).

  • “How to deal with covert child labor and give children an effective education, in a poor developing country.” World Bank Economic Review 26:1 (2012): 61–77.