Davide Luca





I am a Research Associate at Cambridge University, Bennett Institute for Public Policy. I'm also affiliated to the Gran Sasso Science Institute and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. I previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.


My research combines Economic Geography with Political Economy and Public Policy. I specialize in the effects of territorial governance and political institutions on public service delivery and economic development at the local level.    


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, and consulted for the European Parliament.


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