Mauro Lanati

Research Fellow to the MEDAM project (project financed by Stiftung Mercator)
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  • Mauro Lanati is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the MEDAM Project at the Migration Policy Centre (RSCAS,EUI) and a former Max Weber Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies (EUI). He is an economist whose areas of interest cover theoretical and empirical aspects of Development Finance, International Trade and Migration. Mauro’s research explores the link between foreign aid and migration, especially the effect of foreign aid and other forms of development finance on legal and illegal migration flows. On this topic he recently co-authored a paper with Prof. Rainer Thiele titled “The Impact of Foreign Aid on Migration Revisited”. Lanati earned an European PhD in Economics, Doctor Europaeus, at the University of Pisa under the supervision of Prof. Giorgia Giovannetti (EUI and University of Florence) with a thesis on the link between International Trade and Migration, whose first chapter was written while he was a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia. His job market paper – which investigates the link between quality of migrants and quality of trade – has recently been published by The World Economy. Mauro has participated in several research projects on development finance and migration studies for many international institutions, such as FERDI in Clermont-Ferrand (France) and IEMED in Barcelona (Spain). Some of these collaborations culminated in recent publications in volumes, such as ‘Financing development in risky contexts’ in Financing sustainable development by addressing vulnerabilities (2015) edited by Boussichas, M., and Guillaumont, P. and published by FERDI in collaboration with the EUI and EIDIH.

    Research topics: Determinants of Migration, Foreign Aid, International Trade
    Geographic areas: All areas
    Refereed journal articles
  • Lanati, M. and Thiele, R. (2018), “The Impact of Foreign Aid on Migration Revisited”, World Development, Vol. 111, pp. 59-74. The final extended version which includes the theoretical model is available here.
  • Giovannetti, G. and Lanati, M. (2016), “Do High Skill Immigrants Trigger High quality Trade?”, The World Economy, Vol. 40, Issue 7, pp. 1345-1380.

  • Working papers
  • Fiorini, M., Giovannetti, G., Lanati, M. and Santi, F. (2017), Asymmetric Cultural Proximity and Greenfield FDI, EUI RSCAS 2017/56 & revised version available as Development Working Papers 434, Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano, University of Milano, 29 Jan 2018.
  • Lanati, M. and Venturini, A. (2018), Cultural Change and The Migration Choice (Under Review), IZA DP Discussion Paper No. 11415, latest version May 2018 available here.
  • Lanati, M. and Thiele, R. (2018), Foreign Assistance and Migration Choices: Disentangling the Channels,(Under Review), latest version available here.

  • Chapters in books and reports
  • Lanati, M. and Thiele, R. (2017), “Can Foreign Aid Affect Migration Decisions?”, 2017 MEDAM Assessment Report, pp.77-80.
  • Giovannetti, G., Lanati, M. and Venturini, A. (2017), “Qualità del Commercio e Skill dei Migranti: il Caso del Mediterraneo”, in Rapporto sulle Economie del Mediterraneo”, Edizione 2017, edited by Eugenia Farragina, ISSM-CNR.
  • Giovannetti, G. and Lanati, M. (2015), “Migration and Development: Lessons from Africaas”, in Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies, edited by Anna Triandafyllidou, Oxford University Press, , pp. 236-242.
  • Giovannetti, G. and Lanati, M. (2015), “Financing development in risky contexts in Financing Sustainable development and Addressing Vulnerabilities”, in Boussichas, M. and Guillaumont, P. (eds.), Fondation pour les etudes et recherches sur le developpement international (FERDI), Economica, Paris, pp. 35-58.
  • Giovannetti, G. and Lanati, M. (2014), “The Importance of TTIP and Potential Drawbacks for Mediterranean Countries”, in IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2014.

  • Other working papers
  • Lanati, M. and Venturini, A. (2017), The import of Cultural Goods and Emigration: an unexplored relation, Migration Policy Centre, EUI RSCAS, 2017/24.
  • Giovannetti, G. and Lanati, M. (2015), The Indirect Pro-Trade Effects of Indian Ethnic Networks, Migration Policy Centre Working Paper (EUI), DEMO India Research Report, Thematic Report, 201514.
  • Lanati, M. (2014), The Trade Migration link within a Ricardian model of trade, Discussion Paper Series, Dipartimento di Economia & Management, University of Pisa, March 2014, Revised September 2015.
  • Lanati, M. (2013), Estimating the Elasticity of Trade: the Trade Share Approach, LEM Working Paper, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, April 2013, Revised September 2015.
  • Lanati, M. (2010), The European Union and Euro enlargement effects on trade: a panel data analysis, MSc Thesis, University of Sussex.