Gianmarco Ottaviano

LSE, UK, University of Bologna, Italy, and IZA, Germany

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Current position

Professor of Economics, London School of Economics, UK; Professor of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy

Research interest

International trade, urban economics, and economic geography

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to the European Commission

Past positions

Full Professor of Economics, Bocconi University, 2008–2013; Full Professor of Economics, University of Bologna, 2002–2008


PhD Economics, Université Catholique de Louvain, 1998

Selected publications

  • “Rethinking the effects of immigration on wages.” Journal of the European Economic Association 10:1 (2012): 152–197 (with G. Peri).

  • “Productivity and firm selection: Quantifying the ‘new’ gains from trade.” Economic Journal 122:561 (2012): 754–798 (with G. Corcos, M. Del Gatto, and G. Mion).

  • “Agglomeration, trade and selection.” Regional Science and Urban Economics 42:6 (2012): 905–1068.

  • “New frontiers of immigration research: Cities and firms.” Journal of Regional Science 53:1 (2013): 1–7 (with G. Peri).

  • “Immigration, offshoring and American jobs.” American Economic Review 103:5 (2013): 1925–1959 (with G. Peri and G. Wright).