Federica Origo

Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy, and IZA, Germany

I believe that IZA World of Labor is the perfect tool to inform scholars and the policymakers about the latest findings in the literature and the main challenges for effective labor market and human resources policies

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Full Professor of Economic Policy, Department of Economics, University of Bergamo, Italy

Research interest

Flexibility, work organization and firm performance; economics of education; economics of entrepreneurship; gender differences.

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member of the board of the Italian Association of Labour Economics (AIEL); Policy (academic) advisor of Bergamo Province (Italy) for equal opportunities and labor market policies

Past positions

Associate Professor of Economics (2014–2020) and Assistant Professor of Economic Policy (2005–2014), Department of Management, Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Bergamo, Italy; Senior researcher and project coordinator at Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (IRS), Milan, Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations (2001–2005); Research assistant at Istituto per l’Economia dell’Impresa e del Lavoro (IEIL), Economics Department, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan (1996–2004)


PhD in Economics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, 2004

Selected publications

  • "The effect of school rank on personality traits." Journal of Human Resources 56:4 (2021): 1187–1225 (with S. Comi and L. Pagani).

  • “Where women make a difference. Gender quotas and firms’ performance in three European countries.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 73:3 (2020): 768–793 (with S. Comi, M. Grasseni, and L. Pagani).

  • “Is it the way they use it? Teachers, ICT and student achievement.” Economics of Education Review 56 (2017): 24–39 (with S. Comi, G. Argentin, M. Gui, and L. Pagani).

  • “Performance-related pay and firm productivity: Evidence from a reform in the structure of collective bargaining.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 68:3 (2015): 603–632 (with C. Lucifora).

  • "Flexible pay, firm performance and the role of unions. New evidence from Italy.” Labour Economics 16 (2009): 64–78.