Vincenzo Caponi

CRENoS, Cagliari-Sassari, Italy; IZA, Germany; CNRS, Palaiseau, France.

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate professor University of Sassari

Research interest

Applied econometrics, labor economics, international migration, development economics, macroeconomics

Past positions

Professor, École National de la Statistique et de l’Analyse de l’Information (ENSAI), Rennes ; 2019 – 2023, Adjunct Professor of Economics, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, 2015 – 2016, Associate Professor of Economics, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, 2010 – 2015, Assistant Professor of Economics, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, 2005 – 2010, Researcher, Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (ISTAT ), Rome, 1999 – 2001; Visiting Researcher, Institute for the World Economy, Kiel, 2012 – 2013; Visiting Professor LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, 2012; Visiting Researcher IZA, Bonn, 2012.


PhD Economics, University of Western Ontario, 2007

Selected publications

  • "Public Wages, Public Employment, and Business Cycle Volatility: Evidence from U.S. Metro Areas" May (2024). Review of Economic Dynamics. (with Claire-Marie Boing-Reicher).

  • "Public employment policies and regional unemployment differences." Regional Science and Urban Economics 63 (2017): 1–12.

  • "Empirical characteristics of legal and illegal immigrants in the US." Journal of Population Economics 27:4 (2014): 923–960 (with M. Plesca).

  • "Intergenerational transmission of abilities and self-selection of Mexican immigrants." International Economic Review 52:2 (2011): 523–547.

  • "Heterogeneous human capital and migration, who migrates from Mexico to the US?" Annals of Economics and Statistics 97/98 (2010): 207-234.