Luca Nunziata

University of Padua, Italy, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, University of Padua, Italy

Research interest

Labor economics, applied econometrics, institutions and fundamental determinants of economic performance, unemployment, entrepreneurship, migration, wages and inflation

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant for the World Bank, the OECD, the ILO, and the European Commission

Past positions

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Padua, 2004–2010; Microeconometrics lecturer, Bocconi University, 2008–2009; Labor Economics lecturer, University of Oxford, 2002–2005


DPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2002

Selected publications

  • "A tale of minorities: Evidence on religious ethic and entrepreneurship." Journal of Economic Growth 21:2 (2016): 189–224 (with L. Rocco).

  • "Wish you were here? Quasi-experimental evidence on the effect of education on self-reported attitude towards immigrants." European Economic Review 90 (2016): 201–224 (with B. D’Hombres).

  • "Immigration and crime: Evidence From victimization data." Journal of Population Economics 28:3 (2015): 697–736.

  • "Labor market institutions and wage differentials." Industrial & Labor Relations Review 60:3 (2007): 340–356 (with W. Koeniger and M. Leonardi).

  • "Unemployment in the OECD since the 1960s: What do we know?" The Economic Journal 115 (2005): 1–27 (with S. Nickell and W. Ochel).