Local Opportunities Lab

A research hub that collects data and unites researchers and projects on the topic of local economies.

 

The Lab periodically produces microeconomic reports and analyses in which data are visualised and commented on, describing geographical and temporal patterns, and analysing the underlying mechanisms.

Our
Mission


The first Italian hub for scientific research on local economies

The mission of the Local Opportunities Lab is to promote efficiency and equity in policies and projects with an impact at the micro level. Efficiency means long-term growth and sustainability. Equity means equality of opportunity for those born in different places or generations.

The Lab respects the deontology of scientific research and focuses on the fields of labour economics, education economics, industrial economics, geographical economics and public finance.

The values in which we believe and with which we work are those of consistency, responsibility and respect for the scientific method, for people and their freedoms, and for equality of opportunity.


The 4 pillars of the Lab

  • Pillar I

    Network
    A network of researchers and institutions focused on studying socio-economic issues at local level.
  • Pillar II

    Dataset
    A standard dataset that collects and standardises a large number of variables with municipal or sub-municipal units of analysis.
  • Pillar III

    Divulgation
    A tool for producing and disseminating scientific content.
  • Pillar IV

    Collaboration
    Collaboration with universities, research centres, institutions and trade associations for the use of data.

Our Story

The LOL project was started with the intention of creating a large dataset that collects and cleans up data from different sources, to pool the knowledge of a group of researchers around which will gravitate a scientific committee, research collaborators who want to help and stakeholders interested in supporting and using the Lab.

Partner

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

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 Università di Berkeley


Scientific Committee

Giuseppe Berta

Bocconi University

Giovanni Mastrobuoni

Collegio Carlo Alberto
Università di Torino

Silvia Merler

Algebris Policy & Research Forum

Enrico Moretti

Berkeley University

CoronaVirus

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

Insights

Quanto reddito viene dalla pensione? Le diverse “dependency” dei comuni italiani

In Italia sappiamo bene che la percentuale dipensionati è in aumento rispetto al numero di contribuenti, un andamento difficile da sostenere economicamente.

Crescita economica e crescita della popolazione: una relazione non così semplice

di Francesco Filippucci Nel riquadro sottostante possiamo osservare la relazione tra le variazioni medie in ogni percentile del reddito pro-capite reale, misurato in termini assoluti e in termini assoluti e pro-capite, e la crescita della popolazione, nei due periodi pre-crisi (2000-2008) e post-crisi (2009-2017).

Chi nasce e chi migra –alle radici dello sbilancio demografico italiano

di Edoardo Magalini Se sottraiamo alle “entrate”, ovvero nascite e arrivi da altri comuni o dall’estero, le “uscite”, cioè morti e partenze, per ogni città italiana nel 2018, la mappa finale che otteniamo è quella che ci appare nella Figura 1.

Dove le tasse incidono di più

di Arianna Gatta La distribuzione dei redditi e il modo in cui la tassazione è distribuita al livello geografico possono darci un’idea di quali sono le disparità fiscali a livello geografico.

Local Opportunities Lab

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

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