Michele Pellizzari is professor of economics at the Geneva School of Economics and Management of the University of Geneva. Before joining the University of Geneva, Michele was an Economist in the OECD Employment Analysis and Policy Division and prior to that he was assistant professor of economics at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) and Head of Welfare Studies at the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti (Milan), where he is now a Senior Fellow. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London, a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn and an External Research Fellow at CREAM (UCL, London). Michele holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics (London, UK) and has visited the Economics Departments at the University of British Columbia, Stanford University and at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a consultant for a number of institutions such as the ILO, OECD, the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Education. His main research interests lie in the area of labour and education economics and applied econometrics and his studies have been published in scientific journals such as the Journal of Labor Economic, the Economic Journal, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the Journal of the European Economic Association and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review. He has also authored and contributed to books, intended both for the academic and the wider public.