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Department of Economics and Quantitative Mehtods

University of Salento

Born in Bari, she was awarded a Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in Economia,  then specialised in Applied Economics and Applied Econometrics (Master Coripe, Torino, 1994; Master in Economics, Essex, 1995; MSc in Economics, Scottish Doctoral Programme, 1997) and was awarded the titles of Dottore di Ricerca for a thesis on Human Capital and Growth (Bari, 1999) and a PhD in Economics (Scottish Doctoral Programme, 2005) for a thesis in applied econometrics entitled "Measuring Efficiency in Developing Countries". Since January 2004, she is back in Italy, working at the University of Lecce with a four-years contract funded by MIUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research, “Rientro dei cervelli” programme). In Lecce, she teaches Econometrics, Applied Economics and Growth, organizes the annual “Summer School in Economia Computazionale - Programming in MatLab” and is the local referee for the courses in Econometrics organized by the CIDE (Centro Interuniversitario di Econometria). She has published in several international scientific journals among which: Applied Economics, Bulletin of Economic Research, World Development, Journal of Producrivity Analysis, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis.  She is CESifo Research Aliate (Center for Economic Studies, University of Munich) andresearch fellow of RCEA (The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis - University of Bologna).

Her research interests are efficiency and productivity analysis using stochastic frontier methodology, business cycles and growth, and sport economics.

She is referee for the scientific journals “Computational Statistics and Data Analysis”, Journal of Productivity Analysis and Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship JournalJournal of Economics and Management. Applied Economics Quarterly.  Industrial and Corporate Change. Agricultural Economics.

2011 Winner of Research Excellence Award (Premio di Eccellenza per la Ricerca - University of Salento, funded by the Banca Popolare di Puglia).