Randolph L. Bruno

University College London, UK, Rodolfo DE Benedetti Foundation, Italy, and IZA, Germany

World of Labor fills an important gap in the dissemination of high quality research outputs among an audience of policymakers and practitioners alike by explaining how to tackle academically informed research questioned in an accessible language. This is very promising way to improve the impact of research on policy, as constantly required by politicians, businessman and institutional economic players

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Lecturer in Economics, University College London, UK

Research interest

Labor economics, industrial economics, applied micro-econometrics, comparative and development economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Short-term Consultant for the World Bank (WB); Project Leader for the Department for International Development (DFID); Research expert on publications for the European Commission

Past positions

Lecturer in Business Economics, University of Birmingham Business School, 2010–2012; Teaching Fellow in Economics, University College London, 2009–2010; Research Fellow in Economics, University of Bologna, 2006–2009


PhD Economics and Management, Laboratory of Economics and Management, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa (IT), 2006

Selected publications

  • “The impact of foreign direct investment on economic performance in the enlarged Europe: A meta-regression analysis.” In: Temouri, Y., and C. Jones (eds). International Business and Institutions after the Financial Crisis. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 (with M. Cipollina).

  • “Institutional determinants of new firm entry in Russia: A cross regional analysis.” Review of Economics and Statistics 95:5 (2013): 1740–1749 (with M. Bytchkova and S. Estrin).

  • “Labor market policies and outcomes in the enlarged EU.” Journal of Common Market Studies 48:3 (2010): 661–685 (with R. Rovelli).

  • “Joining longitudinal and cross-section data for efficiency gains.” Giornale degli Economisti 68:1 (2009): 149–173 (with M. Stampini).

  • “Optimal speed of transition with a shrinking labor force and under uncertainty.” Economics of Transition 14:1 (2006): 69–100.