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School Closures Disproportionately Hit Disadvantaged Students in the US

School Closures Disproportionately Hit Disadvantaged Students in the US

by Fabio Todesco

Zachary Parolin analyzed the distribution of school closures due to COVID and concluded that racial minorities, students in need and with already poor academic performance have been more likely to be engaged in remote schooling since September 2020  

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We Have Yet to Hear the Last Word on Populism

We Have Yet to Hear the Last Word on Populism

by Fabio Todesco

The COVID pandemic may have marked a halt to the rise of populist parties across the world, but the recovery phase may be rich with opportunities for them, argue Catherine De Vries and Sara Hobolt in the second episode of Clarity in a Messy World  

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Machine Learning Helps Us Understand Legislative Texts

Machine Learning Helps Us Understand Legislative Texts

by Umberto Platini

Automated methods to analyze legislation have been independently developed by Massimo Morelli and Anthony Bertelli. They confirm that more detailed texts can be used by law makers as a constraint to bureaucratic discretion in the US. In the EU, abundance of details correlates with qualified majority voting  

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Only Equality in the Household Will Allow Us to Complete the Gender Revolution

Only Equality in the Household Will Allow Us to Complete the Gender Revolution

by Fabio Todesco

New research by Paola Profeta, Director of the AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality at Bocconi, shows that the man's involvement in housework raises by 62% the chances for a working mother to have a second child with him and continue to work  

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Commuting Flows, Not the Transport Mode, Help COVID Spread

Commuting Flows, Not the Transport Mode, Help COVID Spread

by Fabio Todesco

Two Bocconi studies indicate that there would have been 2,300 fewer deaths between March and April 2020 if commuter flows in Italian cities were 10% lower. At flow parity, public and private transport are equally dangerous  

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Three New Professors Join Bocconi

Three New Professors Join Bocconi

by Fabio Todesco

Two full professors and an assistant professor have arrived to bolster the Bocconi faculty for the second semester of the academic year  

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Why We Can Better Control Politicians in a Bipolar Party System

Why We Can Better Control Politicians in a Bipolar Party System

by Umberto Platini

When two distinct blocks are identifiable, incumbents can be easily sanctioned with the vote. When strong centrist parties exist, on the contrary, they can create multiple coalitions and remain in government despite electoral defeats, especially in proportional electoral systems, Anthony Bertelli explains in a new paper  

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How Political Parties Bargain for Goods That Voters Can't Even See

How Political Parties Bargain for Goods That Voters Can't Even See

by Fabio Todesco

Lanny Martin observes that voters evaluate parties using readily available information on very visible aspects, such as the number of ministries in a coalition government. In order to make a positive impression on their supporters, parties with low bargaining power trade away less visible goods for ministerial positions, thus escaping accountability  

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News

  • A New Tool Detects Emotions in Italian Social Media Posts

    Federico Bianchi, Debora Nozza, and Dirk Hovy released a freely available package for sentiment analysis and emotion recognition in Italian, overcoming the linguistic and economic limitations of similar tools  

  • The Real Effects of Accounting

    Accounting is no more just about bookkeeping or double entry: it's about information. Reporting rules affect both managerial behavior and our lives, according to Annalisa Prencipe, KPMG Chair in Accounting  

  • Beyond the Selfie: COVID19 and the Museum Sector

    According to Alex Turrini, the pandemic acted as a digital transformation accelerator, as never before  

  • When the Pandemic Leads to Food Insecurity

    Two recent studies on food systems in Europe and the pandemic highlight just how vulnerable to disruption these systems are  

  • Real Time Maps of COVID Trends in Italy

    From the homepage of Bocconi COVID Crisis Lab readers can go to a mapping app developed by Marco Bonetti and Ugofilippo Basellini and monitor the epidemic in Italy  

  • Don't Fear Zombies. At Least, Not Yet

    New research by Guido Tabellini shows that the risk of creating a hidden subsidy for uncompetitive firms should not hold back governments and banks from providing firms with credit during the COVID19 pandemic  

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Seminars

  • Demand for Performance Goods: Import Quotas in the Chinese Movie Market
    Applied Microeconomics

    Marc Rysman (Boston University)

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  • The Effect of Online Competition on Local Newspapers and Politics: Evidence from the Introduction of Craigslist in the U.S.
    Political Economy - Joint with the Department of Social and Political Sciences

    Ruben Durante (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Abstract

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  • Bond markets in Spring 2020 and the response of the Federal Reserve

    Paper Annette Vissing-Jorgensen, Berkeley Haas In order to receive the invitation link for the online streaming, please contact dip.fin@unibocconi.it  

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  • Enabling rapid financial response to disasters: Knotting and reknotting multiple paradoxes in inter-organizational systems

    Paula Jarzabkowski (Cass Business School)   For information or to receive the invitation link contact daniela.cereda@unibocconi.it

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