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  • Applied micro-econometrics and causality
  • Economics of education
  • Measurement of welfare and social inequalities
  • Design and evaluation of public interventions



Dr. Erich Battistin is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC), Senior Research Fellow at IRVAPP, Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He previously worked at Queen Mary University of London, the University of Padova, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies in London.

Professor Battistin's research interests cover a variety of fields of applied economics, ranging from applied work in labor economics to more methodological aspects in policy evaluation and measurement. On these topics he has published in various journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Econometrics. He was the principal investigator of projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and the Italian Ministry of Welfare and participated as co-investigator in several other projects funded by international organisations in Europe and in the United States. He was consultant with the World Bank for the implementation of agriculture development programs in Nigeria, and he is now involved in regional research projects on welfare measurement for the Middle East and North Africa.


Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Padua

Laurea in Statistics summa cum laude, University of Padua


Work in Progress:

Battistin, Erich, Lamarche, Carlos, and Enrico Rettore (2020). Quantiles of the Gain Distribution of an Early Child Intervention.

Battistin, Erich, and Marco Bertoni (2020). Counterfactuals with Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Variation.

Battistin, Erich, De Nadai, Michele, and Krishnan, Nandini (2020). The Insights and Illusions of Consumption Measurements.

Battistin, Erich, De Nadai, Michele, and Padula, Mario (2019). Roadblocks on the Road to Grandma’s House: Fertility Consequences of Delayed Retirement. 

Battistin, Erich, and Marco Ovidi (2019). Rising Stars.

Battistin, Erich, and Lorenzo Neri (2019). School Performance, Score Inflation and Economic Geography.

Battistin, Erich, Becker, Sascha, and Nunziata, Luca (2019). More Choice for Men? Marriage Patterns after World War II in Italy.


Selected Publications:

School Performance, Score Inflation and Neighborhood Development (with L. Neri), conditionally accepted, the Journal of Labor Economics.

The Insights and Illusions of Consumption Measurements (with M. De Nadai and N. Krishnan), forthcoming in the Journal of Development Economics.

More Choice for Men? Marriage Patterns after World War II in Italy (with S. Becker and L. Nunziata), Journal of Demographic Economics, 2022, Volume 88, Issue 3, pp. 447-472.

Rising Stars: Expert Reviews and Reputational Yardsticks in the Research Excellence Framework (with M. Ovidi), Economica, 2022, Volume 89, pp. 830-848.

Threat of Grade Retention, Remedial Education and Student Achievement: Evidence from Upper Secondary Schools in Italy (with A. Schizzerotto), Empirical Economics, 2019, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp. 651-678.

Counting Rotten Apples: Student Achievement and Score Manipulation in Italian Elementary Schools (with M. De Nadai and D. Vuri), Journal of Econometrics, 2017, Volume 200, Issue 2, pp. 344-362.

In a Small Moment: Class Size and Moral Hazard in the Mezzogiorno (with J.D. Angrist and D. Vuri), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2017, Volume 9, Number 4, pp. 216-249.

The Effects of Private Equity on Targets: Majority versus Minority Investments (with P. Bortoluzzi, F. Buttignon, and M. Vedovato), Journal of Management and Governance, 2017, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp. 659-684.

Should We Increase Instruction Time in Low Achieving Schools? Evidence from Southern Italy (with E. Meroni), Economics of Education Review, 2016, Volume 55, pp. 39-56.

Survey Instruments and the Reports of Consumption Expenditures: Evidence from the Consumer Expenditure Surveys (with M. Padula), Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A – Statistics in Society, 2016, Volume 179, Issue 2, pp. 559-581.