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 expertise lies at the intersection of Economic Geography, Political Economy, and Public Economics. My core research interest is on how local economic dynamics and the provision of public goods affect/are affected by the electoral process. Secondary interests include the impact of territorial governance on public finance and the geography of firms' access to finance.    


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.