Davide Luca





I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy. I'm also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.  


My research combines Economic Geography, Political Economy and Public Policy, and focuses on the politics of local and regional development. I try to answer questions such as: what are the political consequences of the deep spatial inequalities that have been opening up across many advanced economies, and what can policy-makers do about it? What are the geographical effects of electoral politics on government spending decisions? Do territorial governance and ‘perverse institutions’ such as organized crime affect policy delivery at the local level? To answer these questions, my work leverages innovative data sources and combines a set of statistical methods for the identification of causal relationships with GIS analysis and in-depth case studies.


In the past I worked for the European Commission, and consulted for the European Parliament.