I am a professor of economic history at the Sapienza University of Rome, a research fellow at the CEPR in London, and a research associate of the CAGE in Warwick. I have a PhD degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen and one in economic history from Lund University. My research interests concern the forces that led to the wealth of nations. My studies consider England (the cradle of the industrial revolution), Italy and France (industrial runner-ups), and sub-Saharan Africa (a still-to-come region). I also organise the Sound Workshop and the WEast Workshop.