Davide Luca





I hold a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics. I was a 2016/17 MEI Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I am now a Research Fellow in Applied Economics at the Gran Sasso Science Institute.


My research specialises in the politics of development, as well as in institutional distortions and inefficiencies affecting the design and implementation of public policies. Given my background cutting across Geography, Political economy, and Public economics, I am particularly interested in the spatial dimensions of policy-making. Secondary interests include Financial geography and Migration.    


My PhD thesis was awarded the 2016 Italian Regional Science Association's G. Leonardi Best Doctoral Dissertation Prize. In the past I worked for the European Commission, as well as consulted for the European Parliament.


My research has been published in international journals such as the Journal of Economic Geography, World Development, the Journal of Development Studies, Environment & Planning C, and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society.