Fabrizio Zilibotti

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Fabrizio Zilibotti
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Born (1964-09-07) September 7, 1964 (age 57)
Bologna, Italy
Institution Yale University
Field Macroeconomics
Political economics
Economic Growth
The Economy of China
Alma mater London School of Economics (Ph.D., 1994; M.Sc., 1991)
Yale University (honorary M.A. privatim, 2018)
University of Bologna (Laurea cum laude, 1989)
Charlie Bean
Awards Yrjö Jahnsson Award (2009)
Ciliegia d'Oro (2009),
Sun Yefang Award (2012)
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Fabrizio Zilibotti (born September 7, 1964) is an Italian economist. He is the Tuntex Professor of International and Development Economics at Yale University. [1] Zilibotti was previously Professor of Economics at University College London, the University of Zürich, and at the Institute for International Economic Studies in Stockholm. He has been a co-editor of Econometrica , managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies (2002-2006), and chief editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association (2009-2014). In addition, he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Growth and of China Economic Review . He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, of the NBER and of the CEPR, and a member of the Academia Europaea honoris causa. In 2016, Zilibotti was the President of the European Economic Association. He has published articles in several international journals, among them, the American Economic Review , Econometrica , the Journal of Political Economy , the Quarterly Journal of Economics , and the Review of Economic Studies .


Early life and education

Fabrizio Zilibotti earned a Laurea in Political Science at the Università di Bologna (1989), and a Master of Science (1991) and a Ph.D. (1994) of economics at the London School of Economics. [2] His doctoral thesis was titled Endogenous growth and underdevelopment traps: A theoretical and empirical analysis. [3] His academic career includes professorships at distinguished European universities such as Universitat Pompeu Fabra, University College London, and the IIES-Stockholm University. He has also held visiting positions at Bocconi University (“Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Visiting Professorship”), Tsinghua University (“Mr. and Mrs. Tien Oung Liu Distinguished Visiting Professorship”) and the Universities of Oslo, Bologna, Southampton, and CERGE-EI Prague. [4] His most recent appointment was a chair at the University of Zurich. [5]


Love, Money, and Parenting. How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids

Published by Princeton University Press (January 2019, ISBN   978-0691171517). Love, Money, and Parenting. How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids by Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti proposes an international and historical look at how parenting choices change in the face of economic inequality. Parents everywhere want their children to be happy and do well. Yet how parents seek to achieve this ambition varies enormously. For instance, American and Chinese parents are increasingly authoritative and authoritarian, whereas Scandinavian parents tend to be more permissive. Why? Love, Money, and Parenting investigates how economic forces and growing inequality shape how parents raise their children. From medieval times to the present, and from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Sweden to China and Japan, Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti look at how economic incentives and constraints—such as money, knowledge, and time—influence parenting practices and what is considered good parenting in different countries. Through personal anecdotes and original research, Doepke and Zilibotti show that in countries with increasing economic inequality, such as the United States, parents push harder to ensure their children have a path to security and success. Economics has transformed the hands-off parenting of the 1960s and '70s into a frantic, overscheduled activity. Growing inequality has also resulted in an increasing "parenting gap" between richer and poorer families, raising the disturbing prospect of diminished social mobility and fewer opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. In nations with less economic inequality, such as Sweden, the stakes are less high, and social mobility is not under threat. Doepke and Zilibotti discuss how investments in early childhood development and the design of education systems factor into the parenting equation, and how economics can help shape policies that will contribute to the ideal of equal opportunity for all. [6]

The book has been listed among the Ten Best Parenting Book of the Decade by Fatherly. [7] It has also been selected by China's version of the Financial Times “Economist's Book List: Top Ten Good Books for the Spring Festival” [8]

Selected publications

His research interests include economic growth and development, the economic development of China, political economy, macroeconomics, international economics, and economics and culture.

Research in progress


In 2009, Zilibotti received the Yrjö Jahnsson Award of the European Economic Association for “greatly [improving] our understanding of how technological innovation affects economic growth at different stages of economic development. He also contributed to the positive analysis of the welfare state, explaining how economic and political forces interact to shape government redistribution.". Zilibotti shared the prize with John van Reenen of the London School of Economics.

In 2012, Zilibotti received the Sun Yefang Award of the Chinese Academy of Social Science for his paper Growing like China (with Zheng Song and Kjetil Storesletten) [9]

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