Andrea Brandolini

Bank of Italy, Italy

In current public debates there is an intrinsic difficulty to account for the complexity of modern societies. The IZA World of Labor is a fundamental tool to enhance public understanding of difficult issues that have profound implications for the life of world citizens. It challenges researchers to make their results understandable to policymakers and the general public, while preserving rigor and consistency

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Head of the Statistical Analysis Directorate, Bank of Italy, Italy

Research interest

Labor economics, income distribution, poverty, measurement of human well-being

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member of the World Bank Commission on Global Poverty; Chair of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth; Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association; IZA Policy Fellow; Vice-Chair of the Committee on Monetary, Financial and Balance of Payments Statistics


MSc Economics, London School of Economics, 1988

Selected publications

  • The Great Recession and the Distribution of Household Income. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013 (with S. P. Jenkins, J. Micklewright, and B. Nolan).

  • "Behind and beyond the (headcount) employment rate." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A 179:3 (2016): 657–681 (with E. Viviano).

  • "A feasible unemployment-based shock absorber for the Euro area." Journal of Common Market Studies 54:5 (2014): 1123–1141 (with F. Carta and F. D'Amuri).

  • “Does the ILO definition capture all unemployment?” Journal of the European Economic Association 4:1 (2006): 153–179 (with P. Cipollone and E. Viviano).

  • “Promise and pitfalls in the use of ‘secondary’ data-sets: Income inequality in OECD countries as a case study.” Journal of Economic Literature 39:3 (2001): 771–799 (with A. B. Atkinson).