Dr Giorgio Di Pietro

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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.

Education

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.

2017

The academic impact of natural disasters: evidence from L’Aquila earthquake (2017)
Di Pietro, G. 2017. The academic impact of natural disasters: evidence from L’Aquila earthquake. Education Economics.
Degree classification and recent graduates’ ability: Is there any signalling effect? (2017)
Di Pietro, G. 2017. Degree classification and recent graduates’ ability: Is there any signalling effect? Journal of Education and Work. 30 (5), pp. 501-514.
Natural disasters and university enrolment: Evidence from L’Aquila earthquake (2017)
Cerqua, A. and Di Pietro, G. 2017. Natural disasters and university enrolment: Evidence from L’Aquila earthquake. Applied Economics. 49 (14), pp. 1440-1457.

2015

The Effect of the L'Aquila Earthquake on Labour Market Outcomes (2015)
Di Pietro, G. and Mora, T 2015. The Effect of the L'Aquila Earthquake on Labour Market Outcomes. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 33 (2), pp. 239-255.
Do Study Abroad Programs Enhance the Employability of Graduates? (2015)
Di Pietro, G. 2015. Do Study Abroad Programs Enhance the Employability of Graduates? Education Finance and Policy. 10 (2), pp. 223-243.

2014

University study abroad and graduates’ employability (2014)
Di Pietro, G. 2014. University study abroad and graduates’ employability. IZA World of Labor. 109.

2013

Military conscription and university enrolment: evidence from Italy (2013)
Di Pietro, G. 2013. Military conscription and university enrolment: evidence from Italy. Journal of Population Economics. 26 (2), pp. 619-644.
Exam scheduling and student performance (2013)
Di Pietro, G. 2013. Exam scheduling and student performance. Bulletin of Economic Research. 65 (1), pp. 65-81.

2012

Does studying abroad cause international labor mobility? Evidence from Italy (2012)
Di Pietro, G. 2012. Does studying abroad cause international labor mobility? Evidence from Italy. Economics Letters. 117 (3), pp. 632-635.
The Bologna process and widening participation in university education: new evidence from Italy (2012)
Di Pietro, G. 2012. The Bologna process and widening participation in university education: new evidence from Italy. Empirica. 39 (3), pp. 357-374.

2009

Education and civic outcomes in Italy (2009)
Di Pietro, G. and Delprato, M. 2009. Education and civic outcomes in Italy. Public Finance Review. 37 (4), pp. 421-446.

2008

Measuring the returns to networking and the accumulation of social capital: any evidence of bonding, bridging or linking? (2008)
Urwin, P.J., Di Pietro, G., Sturgis, P. and Jack, G. 2008. Measuring the returns to networking and the accumulation of social capital: any evidence of bonding, bridging or linking? American Journal of Economics and Sociology. 67 (5), pp. 941-968.
Degree flexibility and university drop-out: the Italian experience (2008)
Di Pietro, G. and Cutillo, A. 2008. Degree flexibility and university drop-out: the Italian experience. Economics of Education Review. 27 (5), pp. 546-555.
Who studies abroad? Evidence from France and Italy (2008)
Di Pietro, G. and Page, L. 2008. Who studies abroad? Evidence from France and Italy. European Journal of Education: research, development and policies. 43 (3), pp. 389-398.
Changes in the returns to education in Argentina (2008)
Di Pietro, G. and Pedace, L. 2008. Changes in the returns to education in Argentina. Journal of Applied Economics. 11 (2), pp. 259-279.
Changes in the extent of inequality in access to university education in Italy (2008)
Di Pietro, G. 2008. Changes in the extent of inequality in access to university education in Italy. Rivista di Politica Economica. 98 (1), pp. 175-213.

2007

The effect of computer use on earnings in Italy (2007)
Di Pietro, G. 2007. The effect of computer use on earnings in Italy. Empirical Economics. 33 (2), pp. 245-262.

2006

Regional labour market conditions and university dropout rates: evidence from Italy (2006)
Di Pietro, G. 2006. Regional labour market conditions and university dropout rates: evidence from Italy. Regional Studies. 40 (6), pp. 617-630.
Does attending a Catholic school make a difference? Evidence from Italy (2006)
Di Pietro, G. and Cutillo, A. 2006. Does attending a Catholic school make a difference? Evidence from Italy. Bulletin of Economic Research. 58 (3), pp. 193-234.
University quality and labour market outcomes in Italy (2006)
Di Pietro, G. and Cutillo, A. 2006. University quality and labour market outcomes in Italy. Labour: review of labour economics and industrial relations. 20 (1), pp. 37-62.
The effects of overeducation on wages in Italy: a bivariate selectivity approach (2006)
Cutillo, A. and Di Pietro, G. 2006. The effects of overeducation on wages in Italy: a bivariate selectivity approach. International Journal of Manpower. 27 (2), pp. 143-168.
Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market (2006)
Di Pietro, G. and Urwin, P.J. 2006. Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market. Applied Economics. 38 (1), pp. 79-94.

2005

The impact of research and teaching quality inputs on the employment outcomes of postgraduates (2005)
Urwin, P.J. and Di Pietro, G. 2005. The impact of research and teaching quality inputs on the employment outcomes of postgraduates. Higher Education Quarterly. 59 (4), pp. 275-295.
On migration and unemployment: evidence from Italian graduates (2005)
Di Pietro, G. 2005. On migration and unemployment: evidence from Italian graduates. Economic Issues. 10 (2), pp. 11-28.

2004

The determinants of university dropout in Italy: a bivariate probability model with sample selection (2004)
Di Pietro, G. 2004. The determinants of university dropout in Italy: a bivariate probability model with sample selection. Applied Economics Letters. 11 (3), pp. 187-191.

2003

Intergenerational mobility and occupational status in Italy (2003)
Di Pietro, G. and Urwin, P.J. 2003. Intergenerational mobility and occupational status in Italy. Applied Economics Letters. 10 (12), pp. 793-797.
Gli effetti del ciclo economico sull'incidenza di poverta: l'esperienza dell'Italia tra il 1980 e il 1997 (2003)
Di Pietro, G. 2003. Gli effetti del ciclo economico sull'incidenza di poverta: l'esperienza dell'Italia tra il 1980 e il 1997. Politica Economica. 1, pp. 5-30.
Equality of opportunity in Italian university education: is there any role for social welfare spending? (2003)
Di Pietro, G. 2003. Equality of opportunity in Italian university education: is there any role for social welfare spending? International Journal of Educational Development. 23 (1), pp. 5-15.

2002

Technological change, labor markets, and 'low-skill, low-technology traps' (2002)
Di Pietro, G. 2002. Technological change, labor markets, and 'low-skill, low-technology traps'. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 69 (9), pp. 885-895.
The connection between access to university and net social welfare expenditure in Southern Italy (2002)
Di Pietro, G. 2002. The connection between access to university and net social welfare expenditure in Southern Italy. Education Economics. 10 (1), pp. 25-39.
High tech manufacturing and economic growth in the APEC region: how important is absorptive capacity? (2002)
Di Pietro, G., Kramer, S. and Urwin, P.J. 2002. High tech manufacturing and economic growth in the APEC region: how important is absorptive capacity? APEC Review. 9 (1), pp. 117-139.

2013

Do Study Abroad Programs Enhance the Employability of Graduates? (2013)
Di Pietro, G. 2013. Do Study Abroad Programs Enhance the Employability of Graduates? Bonn, Germany Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

2012

The short-term effectiveness of a remedial mathematics course: evidence from a UK university (2012)
Di Pietro, G. 2012. The short-term effectiveness of a remedial mathematics course: evidence from a UK university. IZA.

2011

The effect of the L’Aquila earthquake on labour market outcomes (2011)
Di Pietro, G. and Mora, T. 2011. The effect of the L’Aquila earthquake on labour market outcomes. Barcelona, Spain Institut d’Economia de Barcelona.

2009

Military conscription and university enrolment: evidence from Italy (2009)
Di Pietro, G. 2009. Military conscription and university enrolment: evidence from Italy. Bonn, Germany Institute for the Study of Labor, IZA Discussion Papers 4212.

2005

Measuring the returns to networking and the accumulation of social capital: are the yuppies networking? (2005)
Urwin, P.J., Jack, G., Sturgis, P. and Di Pietro, G. 2005. Measuring the returns to networking and the accumulation of social capital: are the yuppies networking? ESPE 2005: XIX Annual Conference of the European Society of Population Economics. Paris, France 16-18 Jun 2005
Identifying the returns to networking and social capital accumulation (2005)
Urwin, P.J., Jack, G., Sturgis, P. and Di Pietro, G. 2005. Identifying the returns to networking and social capital accumulation. Whither Social Capital? Past, Present and Future, An International Conference. London, UK 06-07 April 2005

2003

Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market (2003)
Di Pietro, G. and Urwin, P.J. 2003. Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market. Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003. Warwick, UK 07-09 Apr 2003
The impact of research and teaching quality on the employment outcomes of postgraduates (2003)
Di Pietro, G. 2003. The impact of research and teaching quality on the employment outcomes of postgraduates. Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association. Edinburgh, UK 10-13 Sep 2003

2002

Measuring the employment effects of networking and the accumulation of social capital: does the 2000 UK time use survey add to this understanding? (2002)
Di Pietro, G. and Sturgis, P. 2002. Measuring the employment effects of networking and the accumulation of social capital: does the 2000 UK time use survey add to this understanding? International Association for Time Use Research Conference 2002: Work Time and Leisure Time. Lisbon, Portugal 15-18 Oct 2002

2003

Measuring the impact of higher education quality inputs on the first destinations of graduates : do QAA aspect scores add to the explanation? (2003)
Urwin, P.J. and Di Pietro, G. 2003. Measuring the impact of higher education quality inputs on the first destinations of graduates : do QAA aspect scores add to the explanation? London, UK Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, commissioned by the British Brands Group.

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