2nd Workshop on The Political Economy of Municipal Fiscal Policy | Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche

2nd Workshop on The Political Economy of Municipal Fiscal Policy

Thursday, June 6 - Morning

8:45 – 9:10 (room 10): Registration
9:00 – 9:10 (room 3): Welcome - Gianmaria Martini (Director Dept. of Economics, U. Bergamo)

9:10 – 10:30 (room 1): Politicians’ gender and generations (chair: Michela Cella, U. Milan Bicocca)

  • Alda Marchese (U. Svizzera Italiana): Did male and female leaders react differently to the pandemic? Evidence from local public finance (with P. Profeta and G. Savio)
  • Piera Bello (U. Bergamo): Politician’s generation and public expenditure for the environment: Evidence from local governments (with L. Moretti and D. Rossi)

9:10 – 10:30 (room 3): Politicians’ skills and salaries (chair: Marco Buso, U. Padua)

  • Davide Cipullo (Catholic U. Milan): Clever politicians: Evidence from strategic bankruptcies in Italian municipalities  (with M. Bordignon and G. Turati)
  • Samuel Nocito (U. Rome La Sapienza): Pay incentives in politics: Evaluating a large-scale salary increase for local politicians (with A. Cerqua and G. Pinto)


Coffee break


11:00 – 12:20 (room 1): Politicians’ party affiliation (chair: Annalisa Cristini, U. Bergamo)

  • Tommaso Colussi (Catholic U. Milan): Populists at work. Italian municipal finance under M5S governments (with M. Bordignon and F. Porcelli)
  • Federico Franzoni (Catholic U. Milan): Explaining split-ticket voting in concurrent European and local elections in Italy


11:00 – 12:20 (room 3): Government’s size and fragmentation (chair: Salvatore Piccolo, U. Bergamo)

  • Alessandro Sovera (Brown U.): Decoding local public finance: The interplay of the legislature and the executive 
  • Paolo Roberti (U. Bozen/Bolzano): Separated under the same roof: Political fragmentation and fiscal policies (with M. Cervellati and G. Gulino)


12:20 – 13:30 (room 3): Plenary session 1 (chair: Luigi Moretti, U. Bergamo)

  • Michela Redoano, U. Warwick



Thursday, June 6 - Afternoon

15:00 – 16:20 (room 1): Financial distress (chair: Emanuele Bracco, U. Verona)

  • Marco Tonello (Bank of Italy): Auditors' independence: Does random selection work? (with G. Barone, L. Conti, and G. Narciso)
  • Maximilian Thomas (Ruhr-U. Bochum): Bailouts, fiscal austerity, and consolidation strategies (with Z. Hessami) 


15:00 – 16:20 (room 3): Social media influence (chair: Paolo Buonanno, U. Bergamo)

  • Simona Mandile (U. Rome Tor Vergata): Negative fiscal shocks and hate crimes in Italy
  • Francesco Porcelli (U. Bari): Social media and local support for national policies (with E. Alabrese, F. Liberini, M. Redoano, and A. Russo) 


Coffee break


16:50 – 18:00 (room 3): Plenary session 2 (chair: Elena Manzoni, U. Bergamo)

  • Massimo Bordignon, Catholic U. Milan


20:00 Social Dinner

Friday, June 7

9:10 – 10:30 (room 1): Outsourcing and merging (chair: Alessandra Bonfiglioli, U. Bergamo)

  • Anna Laura Mancini (Bank of Italy): Companies held by local administrations: A comparison between North and South of Italy (with C. Di Carmine, D. Mele, G. Roma, and G. Ziglio) 
  • Ines Duarte (EUI): Come together: Amalgamation and the quality of local government (with S. Peralta, J. Pereira dos Santos, and R. Spruk)


9:10 – 10:30 (room 3): Decentralization (chair: Elona Harka, U. Bergamo)

  • Costanza Giannantoni (U. Rome La Sapienza): Going local: Public spending, bureaucratic efficiency and decentralization (with A. Cerqua)
  • Alberto Zanardi (U. Bologna): Central government’s goals vs municipalities’ action: Evidence from the Italian municipalities’ choices on child care provision (with A. Cremaschini, M. Mastracci, and F. Porcelli)


Coffee break


11:00 – 12:20 (room 1): Local policies in economic history (chair: Francesco Cinnirella, U. Bergamo)

  • Giorgio Brosio (U. Turin): The myth of suffocating centralization: Assessing the performance of local municipalities in early Italy  (with R. Zanola)
  • Andrea Xamo (U. Verona): The local taxes on consumption in Liberal Italy’s municipalities, 1858-1900


11:00 – 12:20 (room 3): New data & methods for local public finance (chair: Orestis Troumpounis, U. Padua)

  • Emanuela Randon (U. Bologna): Tourist tax and ratings of online reviews (with A. Marsi)
  • Costanza Marconi (U. Bergamo): Fiscal budgets as high-dimensional data: An application to Italian Municipality (with P. Bello and S. Galletta)


12:20 – 13:30 (room 3): Plenary session 3 (chair: Luciano Greco, U. Padua)

  • Albert Solé-Ollé, U. Barcelona


Lunch and farewell

Financial support
  • Department of Economics, U. Bergamo
  • CRIEP Interuniversity Center for Public Economics  (U. Padua, U. Verona, U. Venice)
Program (pdf version)