IZA World of Labor
Riccardo Rovelli

Università di Bologna, Italy, and IZA, Germany

The aim of IZA World of Labor is to provide state-of-the-art surveys in relevant policy fields. This should really help policymakers to rely less on their guesswork and more and more on sound evidence. In addition, authoring the IZA World of Labor surveys is also a helpful exercise for researchers … it reminds us that the ultimate aim of our research is to be useful and applicable!

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Università di Bologna, Italy (1997 to date)

Research interest

Economics and political economy of transition, economics and political economy of EU, macro and monetary economics: monetary and fiscal policy rules and institutions, labor market policies and macro outcomes

Past positions

Università di Parma (Professor, 1994–1997), Università di Cagliari (Professor, 1990–1994), Università Bocconi (Associate Professor, 1987–1990)


M.Phil Economics, Oxford University, 1979

Selected publications

  • “The role of the exchange rate regime in the process of real and nominal convergence.” Journal of Macroeconomics 43 (2015): 21-37 (with G. D’Adamo).

  • “Did growth and reforms increase citizens’ support for the transition?” European Journal of Political Economy 30 (2013) 112–137 (with R. Golinelli).

  • “Did support for economic and political reforms increase during the post-communist transition, and why?” The Economics of Transition 21:2 (2013) 193–240 (with A. Zaiceva).

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

  • “Economic policy in a global crisis: Did Italy get it right?” In: Giuliani, M., and E. Jones (eds). Italian Politics 2009: Managing Uncertainty. New York: Berghahn Books, 2010; pp. 223–241.