Arnstein Aassve

Principal Investigator

Arnstein Aassve is full professor in Demography at Bocconi University. He is Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has been research fellow at the Central Bureau of Statistics in Norway and the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex University. He received his MSc in Economics and Finance in 1995 and his PhD in Economics in 2000 from the University of Bristol. He has published in a range of scientific journals, including economics, social policy, demography, social medicine, applied statistics and family planning. His scientific research spans a variety of demographic and sociologic topics, concentrating especially on areas of fertility, inequality and stratification, life course analysis and the consequences of demographic events. Read more >

Guido alfani

Senior Collaborator

Guido Alfani received his degree in economics and his PhD in Economic and Social History from the Bocconi University. He is associate Professor and director of the MSc in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University; Fellow of IGIER and DONDENA Centre at Bocconi University. He is Associate editor of Genus and Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History and Nep-His Blog. He’s the founder and organizer two international scientific networks. His fields of interest include economic history and demography, with a focus on long-term dynamics.

Gosta Esping-Andersen

Senior Collaborator

Gosta Esping-Andersen studied demography, economics and sociology at Copenhagen University and received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is professor of Sociology and director of the DEMOSOC research unit at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and he is member of the scientific board of numerous scientific institutions. His research centers on life course dynamics, social stratification and comparative social policy. He authored several articles and books, including the seminal book “The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism”.

Hans-Peter Kohler

Senior Collaborator

Hans-Peter Kohler is the Frederick J. Warren Professor of Demography and Research Associate in the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania; He is the principal investigator of the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health. He received his M.A. in demography (1994) and his Ph.D. in economics (1997) from the University of California at Berkeley. His primary research focuses on fertility and health in developing and developed countries, attempting to integrate demographic, economic, sociological and biological approaches in models of demographic behavior. Kohler has published on topics related to fertility, biodemography and well-being in leading scientific journals.

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Letizia Mencarini

Senior Collaborator

Letizia Mencarini is Associate Professor of Demography at Bocconi University; Fellow at the DONDENA Center for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy at Bocconi University and at the Center for Demography and Ecology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the principal investigator of SWEL-FER, an ERC funded research grant on subjective well-being and fertility, and chair of the IUSSP (International Union for Scientific Studies of Population) world panel on subjective well-being and life-course. She is an expert of Population Europe, among the Leading Women Scientists of AcademiaNet, and member of the editorial board of Genus and Population Review. She is also on the editorial board of Neodemos, an online Italian blog on population, society and politics and of the international demographic magazine N-IUSSP. Her research interests focus on family demography (life–course analysis, fertility, transition to adulthood, family formation and disruption) and its links with well-being, time use, gender diversity and migration in a policy and welfare state perspective.


Veronica Toffolutti is a Research Fellow in Health Economics at the Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy (Dondena), Bocconi University, an honorary lecturer at the Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia and an honorary fellow of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Her work brings together economic perspectives and quantitative methodologies to address critical questions in global health policy and institutions. 


Marco Le Moglie is an applied economist primarily interested in crime, public economics and more in general policy evaluation. His current research focuses on mafia investment, the effect of drug policies, the role of trust in the economy and the impact of internet and social media on personal attitudes. He received his Phd in Economics at the University of Turin and he joined the IFAMID project as post-doc fellow in February 2017.

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Benedetta is a third-year PhD Student in Pubic Policy and Administration at Bocconi University. Her research interests concentrate on socio-economic inequalities in health, with a focus on old age. Benedetta holds a BSc in International Economics, Management and Finance from Bocconi University and MSc in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris


Francesco Mattioli received his MSc in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in 2017 with a thesis on the cultural drivers of welfare states in historical perspective. He was a trainee at the European Commission in Brussels in 2016. His research interests include political economics, demography and the study of inequalities.


Davide De Franco is a research fellow in Economic History at Bocconi University. He studied history at the University of Turin and received a PhD in Historical Sciences from the University of Eastern Piedmont. He also obtained a diploma in Archives and Paleography at the State Archive of Turin. His research focuses on the pre-industrial history of the Alpine region and on historical demography.



Francesco Chiocchio was born in Germany from Italian parents and raised in France. Due to these movements he has always been fascinated by the concept of population, immigration and globalization. This has pushed him to study and deepen these topics by attending the MSc in Economic and Social Sciences at Università Bocconi and write about the effects of globalization and fertility.


Francesco Gandolfi is a graduand in Economic and Social Sciences at Bocconi University with a thesis on the link between epidemics and social trust. During his MSc he served as a research assistant at DONDENA Centre. He is primarily interested in the use of big data for demographic and social analysis.


Arianna Gatta is soon to graduate from MSc in Economic and Social Sciences at Bocconi University with a thesis on the relationship between formal and informal care for the elderly across different European welfare states. She worked previously as a trainee at the Social Policy Division of the OECD. She is interested in the link between welfare provisions and demographic outcomes, inequality and social exclusion as well as the cultural determinants of welfare states.