He has been a lecturer at the University of Valladolid, and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Davis and the University of Kent. His research interests are the determinants of redistribution, the history of the welfare state, and the economic history of education.
He obtained his PhD at the University of Barcelona, in 2011, with a dissertation titled “Inequality, democracy and the welfare state: A comparative analyses of the determinants of social spending in Spain, 1850-2005”. His research has been published in the Economic History Review, in the European Review of Economic History, and in the Revista de Historia Económica – Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History, among others.
Martin Ravallion has been the Director of the Development Research Group at the World Bank — the Bank’s research department. He has held various positions in the Bank since he joined as an Economist in 1988 and he has worked across multiple sectors and in all Bank regions. Prior to joining the Bank, Martin was on the faculty of the Australian National University (ANU). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), and has taught economics at LSE, Oxford University, the Australian National University, Princeton University and the Paris School of Economics.
Martin’s main research interests over the last 25 years have concerned poverty and policies for fighting it. He is well-known for his work on measuring global poverty and for his work linking economic policies to the welfare of poor people, including the evaluation of anti-poverty programs. He has advised numerous governments and international agencies on these topics, and he has written extensively on them, including four books and over 200 papers in scholarly journals and edited volumes. Martin currently serves on the Editorial Boards of ten economics journals, is a Senior Fellow of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development and a Founding Council Member of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality. In 2011 he received the John Kenneth Galbraith Award of America’s Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
Sara Torregrosa obtained her BA in History at the University of Alicante in 2009, then in 2010 a Master in Economic History (University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona and University of Zaragoza).
Her main interest is in the history of taxation and inequality. She is now attending a PhD at the UB, working on a thesis on the theme of "Tax system and redistribution: the Spanish ﬁscal transition (1960-1990)".
Publications: “Did Democracy bring Redistribution? Insights from the Spanish tax system (1960-1990)”, European Review of Economic History (forthcoming); “Sticky income inequality in the Spanish transition, 1973-1990”, Revista de Historia Económica (forthcoming). Working papers: “Bypassing progressive taxation: fraud and base erosion in the Spanish” (2015); “Political transition and ﬁscal transition in Spain” (2015).
HHB welcomes Ugo Trivellato - Professor Emeritus of Economic Statistics at the School of Statistics of the University of Padova and research fellow at IRVAPP - as a HHB Fellow.
His main research fields are programme evaluation, labour supply and unemployment, structural equation models with measurement errors. On these topics he has published extensively in various journals, among which the European Economic Review, the Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, the Journal of Econometrics, Labour, and The Journal of the Royal Statistical Society.
He is affiliated to CESifo, IZA, member of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti and of the Scientific Committee of the Ermanno Gorrieri Foundation on Social Studies. He has been project leader of several research projects on worker mobility and programme evaluation of labour market and welfare policies, supported by grants from the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research, the Ministry of Labour and Welfare, and Eurostat. Currently, he is member of the Istat’s Scientific Commission on the measurement of well-being and the Scientific Advisory Board of the project “Data without Boundaries (FP7-13)”. In 2005 he was awarded the "Premio di Economia del lavoro Ezio Tarantelli" for his contribution to labour economics.
Prof. Giovanni Vecchi has presented the HHB Project at the SIS Conference "Statistics and Demography: the Legacy of Corrado Gini", hosted in Treviso, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, on September 9-11.
The Italian Statistical Society was founded in 1939. Today, it consists of about one thousand members from University and public or private organizations, including scholars in statistical methodology, probability, economic and social statistics, demography. The Society (SIS) promotes every two years an international specialized statistical conference. The meeting focuses on both methodological and applied statistical research. The 2015 meeting, organized to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Corrado Gini’s death (Rome, 13 March 1965), is an occasion to investigate and present themes of research in Statistics, Demography, Biology, Sociology and Official Statistics.