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Francesco Caselli's Mug ShotProfessor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London (UK);
Director of Macroeconomics Program, Center for Economic Performance (CEP), LSE, London (UK)

Research interests: macroeconomics, development economics, economic growth, and political economy (European Union, in particular monetary/financial politics (inclusive Greece)

Professional profile: In 1997 Professor Caselli became an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago. He stayed there until 2000 after which he received a job offer as an Assistant Professor at Harvard University. In 2002 he became a Professor of Political Economy at Harvard.

It was not until 2005 that Professor Caselli got a position at LSE as a Professor of Economics, a position he is currently holding. Apart from an impressive academic career he holds many positions at various economic institutes, associations and journals.
These include short visits at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and at International Monetary Fund, the position of the Director of Macroeconomics Program at CEP, Research Fellow at NBER and CEPR, Council Member of the European Economic Association and various editorial positions at prestigious journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Growth and so forth.

In addition to this Professor Caselli received numerous grants, like the Banco de Espana Professor (2009-2010), Warburg Professor Funds, Harvard University (2004) and the NSF Starter Award (1999-2001), to metion only some of them.

Professor Caselli is a young and dynamic speaker and frequently invited to international conferences and meetings around the World.


  • Laurea in Economics and Commerce, University of Bologna, 1991
  • PhD in Economics, Harvard University, 1997



 Selected works:

Published Papers
  • “Leader Behavior and the Natural-Resource Curse” (with Tom Cunningham), Oxford Economic Papers, October 2009
  • “Economics and Politics of Alternative Institutional Reforms” (with Nicola Gennaioli), Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2008
  • “Growth Accounting” and “Level Accounting.” New Palgrave, forthcoming
  • “The Marginal Product of Capital’’ (with James Feyrer), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2007
  • “The World Technology Frontier” (with John Coleman), American Economic Review, 2006
  • “Accounting for Cross-Country Income Differences”, Handbook of Economic Growth (Aghion and Durlauf, eds.), North-Holland, 2005
  • “Credit Constraints, Competition, and Meritocracy”, Journal of the European Economic Association, 2005
  • “Is Poland the Next Spain?” (with Silvana Tenreyro), International Seminar in Macroeconomics (Clarida, Frankel, and Giavazzi, eds.), MIT Press, 2004
  • “Importing Technology” (with Dan Wilson), Journal of Monetary Economics, 2004
  • “Bad Politicians” (with Massimo Morelli), Journal of Public Economics, 2004

Published Comments and Reviews
  • Review of The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies by B. Caplan. For Economica, 2010
  • Comment on “A Quantitative Analysis of the Evolution of the U.S. Wage Distribution: 1970-2000,” by F. Guvenen and B. Kuruscu, NBER Macro Annual 2009
  • Discussion on “The Euro at Ten: Unfulfilled Threats and Unexpected Challenges,” by F. Mongelli and C. Wyplosz, in The Euro at Ten: Lessons and Challenges, 2009
  • Comment on “Is Growth Endogenous? Taking Mankiw, Romer, and Weil Seriously,” by B. S. Bernanke and R. S. Gürkaynak, in NBER Macroeconomics Annual, 2001
  • Review of “Barrier to Riches”, by S. L. Parente and E. C. Prescott. For Journal of Economics, 2001.