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Giorgio Di Pietro is a Reader in the Economics of Education. Among his research interests are over-education, returns to education and university drop-out. He has also investigated issues related to equity in education, such as widening participation in university education. Before joining the Westminster Business School he worked as a scientific officer at the Institute for Prospective and Technological Studies, one of the research institutes of the European Commission, and was a teaching assistant at the faculty of Economics of La Sapienza University of Rome.

He has also served as a consultant to various organizations and corporations including the Italian Institute for Foreign Affairs (IAI), Family and Parenting Institute and the University of Bari.

Giorgio holds a BSc in Economics from La Sapienza University of Rome and a PhD in Education Economics from Roskilde University (Denmark).

Giorgio joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2009.


PhD (Roskilde, Denmark) BSc Economics (Rome)


Giorgio's interests are mainly in the areas of quantitative methods, microeconomics and economics of the European Union. He is currently module leader for BEQM602 Econometrics. In addition he supervises undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD dissertations.


Giorgio's research focuses on empirical issues in the economics of education. His papers attempt to show how economic analysis can be used to solve or to address a number of educational problems. Giorgio has presented his research work at various national and international conferences including annual meetings of the Royal Economic Society, the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE), the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) and the Spanish Economic Association. Giorgio has acted as a referee for several academic journals including: Education Economics, Economics of Education Review, Applied Economics, Journal of Applied Economics and European Sociological Review.