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Useful readings and links



The course takes place from the 25th September until the 8th of December 2017.

Lectures will be held every week on:
– Monday 12.15 am room F2 (Polo Piagge)
– Tuesday 10.30 am room F2 (Polo Piagge)
– Friday 8.45 am room Windows (Centro di Calcolo)


  • Duranton, G., Henderson, V., & Strange, W. (Eds.). (2015). Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, vol. 5B. Elsevier
  • Keating, M., & Loughlin, J. (2013). The political economy of regionalism. Routledge
  • Barca, F. (2009). Agenda for a Reformed Cohesion Policy. European Communities.
  • Molle, W. (2007). European cohesion policy. Routledge.
  • Vanhove and Klaassen (1980) “Regional Policy: A European Approach”
  • Combes, Mayer and Thisse (2008), Economic Geography, Princeton University Press
  • Solow (1956), A Contribution to the Theory of Growth, Quarterly Journal of Economics
  • Mankiw, Romer, and Weil (1990), A contribution to the empirics of economic growth, Quarterly Journal of Economics
  • Krugman (1993), Geography and Trade, MIT Press
  • Barro and Sala-i-Martin (2003) Economic Growth, MIT press
  • Ertur and Koch (2007), Growth, technological interdependence and spatial externalities: theory and evidence. Journal of Applied Econometrics
  • Quah (1996), Regional convergence clusters across Europe, European Economic Review
  • Fiaschi, Lavezzi and Parenti (2015), Does EU Regional Policy Work? Theory and Evidence mimeo.
  • Fiaschi and Lavezzi (2007), Productivity polarization and sectoral dynamics in European regions, Journal of Macroeconomics.
  • Lucas (1988), On the mechanics of economic development, Journal of Monetary Economics.
  • Weil (2012), Economic Growth, Prentice Hall.
  • Duraluf (1996), A theory of persistent income inequality, Journal of Economic Growth.
  • Barro (1990), Government Spending in a Simple Model of Endogenous Growth. Journal of Political Economy.
  • Fiaschi, Gianmoena, and Parenti (2015), Local Directional Moran Scatter Plot-LDMS, Région and Développement.
  • Fiaschi, Gianmoena, and Parenti (2015), Spatial Clubs in European Regions, mimeo.


  • Wood (2006), Generalized Additive Models: An Introduction with R, Chapman and Hall/CRC
  • Henderson and Parmeter (2015), Applied Nonparametric Econometrics
  • Anselin, L. (2013). Spatial econometrics: methods and models (Vol. 4). Springer Science & Business Media
  • Pace, R. K., & LeSage, J. P. (2009). Introduction to spatial econometrics. Boca Raton, FL: Chapman &Hall/CRC


  • Imbens, G.W. and J.M. Wooldridge (2009). Recent Developments in the Econometrics of Program Evaluation, Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 47(1), 5-86.
  • Holland P.W. (1986). Statistical and Causal Inference, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol.81(396).
  • P.J. Gertler et al. (2011). Impact Evaluation in Practice; Cap.1,3,4,6,7.
  • Angrist, J. and Pischke, J.S. (2015). Mastering ‘s Metrics: the pathfrom cause to effect. Princeton University Press.
  • Krueger, A.B. (1999). Experimental estimates of education production functions, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol.114(2).
  • Rosenbaum, P.R. and Rubin, D. (1983). The central role of the propensity score in observational studies for causal effect, Biometrika Vol.70(1)
  • Dehejia, R. and Wahba, S. (1999). Causal effects in nonexperimental studies: reevaluating the evaluation of training programs. Journal of the American Statistical Association. Vol. 94(448)
  • Becker, S. and Ichino, A. (2002). Estimation of the average treatment effects based on propensity scores. The Stata Journal Vol.2 (4)
  • Card, D. and Krueger, A.B. (1994). Minimum wage and employment: a case study of fast-food industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The American Economic Review. Vol.8 (4)
  • Gruber, J. (1994). The incidence of mandated maternity benefits. The American Economic Review. Vol.84(3)
  • Lindley, J. et. al. (2015). A non-parametric evaluation of the “Want2Work” programme. Economic Modelling. Vol.(51)
  • Angrist, J.D. et al. (1996). Identification of causal effect using instrumental variables. Journal of American Statistical Association. Vol.(91)
  • Imbens, G.W. and Lemieux, T. (2007). Regression discontinuity designs: A guide to practice. Journal of Econometrics.
  • Loi, M. and  Rodrigues, M. (2012). A note on the impact evaluation of public policies: the counterfactual analysis.
  • Lee, D. and Lemieux, T. (2010). Regression Discontinuity Designs in Economics. Journal of Economic Literature 48 (June 2010): 281–355.
  • Skovron, C. and Titiunik, R. (2015). A Practical Guide to Regression Discontinuity Designs in Political Science.

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