HHB welcomes Mauro Rota - Assistant Professor of Economic Histroy at the Sapienza University of Rome - as a HHB Fellow.
After the Laurea in Economics at the Sapienza, he received his PhD from the LUISS Guido Carli in 2004. His research activity focuses on economic history of Italy, wars and conflicts, culture and institutional economics. He works on theoretical model of long run economic growth as secondary field.
His books and journal articles have dealt with modern inequality trends, the welfare state, human fertility, international debt crisis, international trade competition, land quality, farm policy, soil history and other topics. His book Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth Since the Eighteenth Century (two volumes, 2004) has been covered in the Economist, Newsweek, the New York Times and other media, and has received both the Allan Sharlin Award for Best Book in Social Science History and the Gyorgy Ranki Prize for best book in European Economic History. He has served as the elected President of the Economic History Association.
HHB welcomes Esteban Nicolini - Director of Centro de Investigaciones Económicas para el Desarrollo Humano at the Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino, Associate Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (both in Argentina) and Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) - as a HHB Researcher.
He has a Bachelor in History from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). His main areas of interest are related to the interaction between economic development and the standards of living in the long run and his research has focused on population dynamics in pre-industrial England, inequality in 18th century Spain and real wages and regional inequality in 19-20th century Argentina. Some of his papers have been published in Explorations in Economic History, Revista de Historia Económica, European Review of Economic History and Economic History Review. He has developed applied research as a consultant for the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP), UNICEF and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
He is chief editor of the journal Popolazione e Storia and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History and of Genus. He is also the organizer of the international scientific networks EI-Net (Economic Inequality Network) and, together with Vincent Gourdon, Patrinus.
An economic and social historian and an historical demographer, he published extensively on Early Modern Italy and Europe, specialising in economic inequality, in the history of epidemics and famines, and in social alliance systems. He is the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded research project EINITE-Economic Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800, whose aim is to reconstruct long-term trends in wealth and income inequality in different areas of the continent. His recent publications include Calamities and the Economy in Renaissance Italy (Palgrave, 2013) and Economic Inequality in Northwestern Italy: A Long-Term View (Fourteenth to Eighteenth Centuries), The Journal of Economic History (2015, forthcoming).
He is an economic historian of late modern Spain and Latin America, with interests in transport, public policies, economic growth and income distribution. After his BAs in Economics (1993) and History (1996) at the University of Zaragoza, in 2002 he has obtained a PhD in Economic History at LSE, with a dissertation on the topic of Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Spain, 1845-1935 (Supervisors: Dr. Nicholas Crafts and Dr. Dudley E. Baines).