Local Opportunities Lab

A research hub that collects geographically granular data and connects researchers interested in the topic of local economies.


The aim of the Lab is to produce data-driven reports and analyses focused on policy-relevant issues, describing how specific phenomena affect local economies and providing evidence-based policy suggestions.


The first Italian hub for scientific research on local economies

The mission of the Local Opportunities Lab is to promote efficiency and equity in the implementation of economic policies. Efficiency means long-term growth and sustainability. Equity means equality of opportunity for citizens of different birthplaces and generations.

The Lab respects the deontology of scientific research and focuses on the fields of economic geography, labor economics, education, public finance, and industrial organization.

The values we believe in and that characterize our work are those of consistency, responsibility, and respect for the scientific method, for individuals and their freedoms, and for equality of opportunity.

The 4 pillars of the Lab

  • Pillar I

    An international network of researchers and institutions focused on studying socio-economic issues using geographically granular data.
  • Pillar II

    A standardized dataset that collects, cleans, and harmonizes a large set of variables at the municipal or sub-municipal unit of observation.
  • Pillar III

    A tool for to produce and disseminate scientific content.
  • Pillar IV

    Collaboration with universities, research centers, institutions, and other organizations to foster data access and the production of relevant content.

Our Story

The Local Opportunities Lab started with the intention of building a large dataset that collects, cleans, and harmonizes data available at geographically granular levels from different sources. The Lab soon evolved into a hub that connects a group of researchers, the scientific committee, research collaborators that helped the project grow, and stakeholders who support the activities of the Lab.


The Lab is financially supported by the Algebris Policy & Research Forum, a not-for-profit advisory forum on European economic policy issues, and collaborates with Tortuga Econ, a non-profit association and think-tank of students, researchers and young professionals working in the fields of economics and social sciences.

Associate researchers

Francesco Filippucci

PhD candidate Paris School of Economics

Jacopo Bassetto

PhD candidate Università di Trento,
Institut für Arbeitsmarkt – und Berufsforschung (IAB)

Andrea Cerrato

PhD student University of California, Berkeley

Scientific Committee

Giuseppe Berta

Bocconi University

Giovanni Mastrobuoni

Collegio Carlo Alberto
Università di Torino

Silvia Merler

Algebris Policy & Research Forum

Enrico Moretti

University of California, Berkeley

Gianluca Violante

Princeton University


The Lab is helping tackle the coronavirus emergency. We use our granular data on income tax returns, the healthcare system, employment, pollution, and social capital to predict the characteristics associated with higher levels of infection and identify the geographical areas most at risk.


Catasto: a chi conviene che resti com’è

di Tortuga La riforma del catasto mira ad assegnare agli immobili un valore patrimoniale in linea con i valori di mercato, con l’introduzione di meccanismi di adeguamento periodico. Non tutti sono d’accordo. Ecco chi ha interesse a mantenere le cose come stanno.

Effetto Monte dei Paschi sull’economia di Siena

di Jacopo Signorelli Monte dei Paschi, oggi controllata dal Tesoro, potrebbe presto essere in parte acquisita da Unicredit. La vendita potrebbe segnare la fine di un decennio complicato per Siena. La crisi della banca ha infatti avuto ripercussioni sull’economia senese.

Local Opportunities Lab

  • Milan
  • Turin
  • Rome
  • Paris
  • Nuremberg
  • Berkeley

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