Francesco Pastore

University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli," Italy, and IZA, Germany

Professor Francesco Pastore passed away on July 13, 2022. Until his death, he was an Associate Professor of Economics at Università of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli". He was also the country lead for Italy of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and a member of the executive board of the European Association of Comparative Economic Studies (EACES). Professor Pastore was an excellent economist and a great servant of the scientific community, believing in the role that economic and social research has in improving people's lives.

IZA World of Labor role


Research interest

Labor and education, development, transition economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant for several international organizations, including the International Labour Organization, Lombardy Regional government, Unesco, and the World Bank

Past positions

Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli," Italy (2015–2022); Assistant Professor of Economics, Seconda Università di Napoli, 2001–2015; Research Fellow, University of Naples “Federico II,” 2000–2001


PhD in Economics, University of Sussex, 2001

Selected publications

  • The Youth Experience Gap: Explaining National Differences in the School-to-Work Transition. Heidelberg: Springer International Publishing AG, 2015.

  • "Why so slow? The school-to-work transition in Italy." Studies in Higher Education (Forthcoming).

  • "Overeducation at a glance: Determinants and wage effects of the educational mismatch, looking at the AlmaLaurea Data." Social Indicators Research 137:3 (2018): 999–1032 (with F. E. Caroleo).

  • “Getting it right: Youth employment policy within the EU.” Cesifo Forum 18:2 (2017): 19–25.

  • “The European youth guarantee: Labor market context, conditions and opportunities in Italy.” IZA Journal of European Labor Studies 4:11 (2015).