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Hiding in Plain Sight: How the Mafia Strategically Uses Ambiguity

Hiding in Plain Sight: How the Mafia Strategically Uses Ambiguity

by Fabio Todesco

A new paper by scholars from Bocconi and Oxford makes sense of the strategies used by the Mafia and the Italian State throughout 55 years of struggles for keeping or tearing apart the shroud of ambiguity that surrounds the organization. The paper allows understanding how ambiguity might be used strategically by organizations to shy from public scrutiny and alerts us on how to recognize such strategies  

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COVID Has Slashed Life Expectancy in Lombardy

COVID Has Slashed Life Expectancy in Lombardy

by Fabio Todesco

Two Bocconi scholars consider the decline in life expectancy at local level to be the most reliable measure of the human cost of the epidemic. The province of Bergamo lost 8 years for men and 5.8 years for women  

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Corruption, Not Services, Are Reduced by Cutting Spending

Corruption, Not Services, Are Reduced by Cutting Spending

by Fabio Todesco

Extension of the Domestic Stability Pact to small Italian municipalities reduced corruption by an average of 11%, but only in the absence of extraordinary European funding. Local income and the amount of municipal public services were not affected, according to an analysis by Gianmarco Daniele and Tommaso Giommoni  

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A Tale of Two Post War Recoveries

A Tale of Two Post War Recoveries

by Tamas Vonyo

Western and Eastern Europe experienced largely different economic consequences of WWII, Tamas Vonyo explains in a chapter of the ebook CEPR and VoxEu publish to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the conflict in Europe  

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Quantitative Easing Kept Populism at Bay, but Now We Need a Common Fiscal Policy

Quantitative Easing Kept Populism at Bay, but Now We Need a Common Fiscal Policy

by Fabio Todesco

Massimo Morelli, in a SUERF Policy Note, underlines the role played by the ECB and advocates a fiscal union to make redistributive policies possible again  

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The Social Effects of the Spanish Flu

The Social Effects of the Spanish Flu

by Colombe Ladreit

After one century, the descendants of those who experienced the worst effects of an incompetent handling of the pandemic still display lower levels of interpersonal trust, new research finds  

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Morning Knowledge /13. Well Being

Morning Knowledge /13. Well Being

by Fabio Todesco

The effect on happiness of a newborn is stronger for men than women and depends on a family's gender role attitudes and preferences towards work and family, Nicoletta Balbo explains  

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Morning Knowledge /10. Mafia

Morning Knowledge /10. Mafia

by Fabio Todesco

Giulia Cappellaro and Amelia Compagni shed light on the strategies used by the Mafia to shy from public scrutiny, alerting us on how to recognize such strategies  

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  • Economics Research, Bocconi in the European Top 5

    In the Tilburg University ranking of the best universities for scientific performance in economics research, Bocconi is 4th in Europe, 1st in continental Europe, and 18th in the world  

  • Lockdown Measures Are Not the Only Things Keeping Us at Home

    Two Bocconi MSc students, in a team with two Oxford PhD students, had their paper published in two prestigious outlets. Observing mobility data from mobile devices, they found that people in the US often distanced themselves before official measures were imposed in counties with high education, high trust in science and high income  

  • 15 Legal Principles to Face the COVID19 Crisis

    Pietro Sirena is among the authors of the principles drafted by the European Law Institute  

  • Back to Values to Overcome the Crisis

    A Bocconi team led by Veronica Vecchi curated the Transformation Map on Values published by the World Economic Forum in their Strategic Intelligence online section  

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