ERC grants

The project develops foundational tools in the organizational economics, given the uncertainty shrouding even the most promising research projects, information plays a key role in the organization of science.

Why are populist parties more successful in some places (or times) compared to others? What makes right or left populism more prominent in some countries (or after certain crises)? This ERC Starting grant tackles these questions with the tools of behavioral political economy.

The aim of this ERC Advance grant is to improve our understanding of the relationship between aspirations and socio-economic outcomes of disadvantaged individuals, in order to answer the question: Can we design policy interventions that shift aspirations in a way that is conducive to development?

This ERC Consolidator grant addressed two neglected elements in the existing literature: the role of political parties as organizational structures that shape political careers (i.e., who gets on top in democracies); and the nature of social preferences, personality traits, and cognitive biases in understanding the beliefs and the choices of both politicians and voters.

From 2008, 18 IGIER fellows have been awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Starting, Consolidator or Advanced research grants. With this achievement, Bocconi belongs to the group of top institutions in Europe for the number of scholars, who have been awarded ERC grants in the SH1 panel (Economics, Finance, and Management).

The main goal of the ERC is to encourage high quality research in Europe through competitive funding. Every year about 8-10 percent of submitted proposals get funded in the SH1 panel. Click here for statistics and the list of all ERC grants' recipients.

IGIER Fellow

Research Project

ERC Grant From/To 
Guido Alfani Economic Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800  Starting  2012-2016
Pierpaolo Battigalli Reasoning About Strategic Interaction and Emotions (abstract) Advanced 2013-2018
Valentina Bosetti  Innovation for Climate Change Mitigation: A Study of Energy R&D, its Uncertain Effectiveness and Spillovers

Risk and Uncertainty in Developing and Implementing Climate Change Policies


Maristella Botticini Contracts, Markets, and Institutions in Historical Perspective (abstract) Advanced 2012-2017
Simone Cerreia-Vioglio Static and Dynamic Decision Making under Uncertainty: Theory and Applications (abstract) Starting 2015-2021
Francesco Decarolis The Role of Reputation and Corruption in Procurement (abstract) Starting 


Eliana La Ferrara

Conflict, Identity, and Markets (abstract)

Aspirations, Social Norms, and Development (abstract)




Nicola Gennaioli Institutions and Globalization (abstract)

Psychology and Economic Behavior: Theory, Tests and Applications (abstract)


Thomas Le Barbanchon Direct empirical evidence on labor market search theories (abstract) Starting 2018-2023
Massimo Marinacci Bounded Rationality and Social Concerns in Decision Processes: Theory, Experiments, and Applications (abstract)

Individual Decisions and Macroeconomic Implications (abstract)


Tommaso Monacelli Financial Imperfections and Macroeconomic Implications (abstract) Starting 2012-2015
Massimo Morelli The Political Economy of Power Relations (abstract) Advanced 2016-2022
Explaining Politicians' and Voters' Behavior (abstract) Consolidator 2015-2018
Salvatore Nunnari Behavioral Foundations of Populism and Polarization (abstract) Starting 2020- 2025
Marco Ottaviani Designing Institutions to Evaluate Ideas 
Advanced 2012-2017 
Nicola   Pavoni Social Insurance and Welfare-to-Work Programs: Optimal Design and Structural Evaluation (abstract) Starting 2008-2011
Igor Pruenster New directions in Bayesian Nonparametrics (abstract) Starting 2012-2017
Guido Tabellini How Do Values Influence the Functioning of Institutions and the Effects of Policies? (abstract)

European Integration, Populism and European Cities (abstract)