Giacomo Ponzetto is a senior researcher at CREI, associate professor in the Economics Department at Pompeu Fabra University, associate researcher at the Institute of Political Economy and Governance and affiliated professor at the Barcelona GSE. He is also a CEPR research affiliate within the programmes on International Trade and Regional Economics and Macroeconomics and Growth. In 2002-03 he worked at the Centre for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies in Turin. He has also held visiting professorships of Economics at Harvard (2014) and Bocconi (2016). In 2013 he obtained the Italian National Scientific Qualification for the positions of full professor of Economic Policy and Public Economics, and associate professor of Applied Economics. He received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 2009.
Dr Ponzetto is an associate editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association and an editorial board member of the Review of Economic Studies. He regularly acts as a referee for scientific publications in economics and as a reviewer for research-related institutions such as Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He holds two referee prizes from the Journal of the European Economic Association (2014) and the Economic Journal (2011).
He has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant (2017-2021) for a study of “Citizens, Institutions and Globalization”, a MINECO Ramón y Cajal grant, a MICINN Juan de la Cierva grant. He also received a Fundación BBVA grant (2014-15) and a Barcelona GSE Seed grant (2014-15). Moreover, he participated in research projects on international technology transfer (MICINN), volatility in macroeconomics (MINECO, 2015-17), the effects of globalization (MICINN, 2009-11), and globalization and political structure (Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics, 2014-15).
Dr Ponzetto studies the economic effects of institutions and the spatial distribution of economic activity. His research focuses on three main topics: political institutions and the impact of asymmetric information in determining economic policies; legal institutions and the development of regulations; urban growth dynamics, human capital and innovation. His work has been published in top journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and since 2007 he has presented his research in more than 60 international conferences and seminars.
Dr Ponzetto has been a member of the programme committees of international scientific conferences in economics, and has co-organized several academic workshops—most recently on the Economic Analysis of Electoral Politics, on Political Institutions, on Globalization and Economic Policy, and on Geography, Trade and Growth.
He teaches several courses in the PhD programme in Economics at UPF; in the Barcelona GSE master’s degree in International Trade, Finance, and Development; in the CREI-Barcelona GSE Macroeconomics Summer School; and in the UPF undergraduate curriculum in Economics. In 2014 he taught a course in microeconomic theory at Harvard.