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Agricultural & Resource Economics 2200 Symons Hall 7998 Regents Drive College Park, Maryland 20742-5535


  • 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:

Errors in Reports of Household Consumption: Evidence from a Large Scale Experiment in Iraq (with M. De Nadai, N. Krishnan and S. Olivieri), March 2018.

Latent Structures and Quantiles of the Treatment Effect Distribution (with C. Lamarche and E. Rettore), February 2016.

More Choice for Men? Marriage Patterns after WWII in Italy (with S. Becker and L. Nunziata), February 2019.


Selected Publications:

Battistin, Erich, and Antonio Schizzerotto (2018). “Threat of Grade Retention, Remedial Education and Student Achievement: Evidence from Upper Secondary Schools in Italy”, Empirical Economics, forthcoming.

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. Angrist and D. Vuri), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2017, Volume 9, Number 4, pp. 216-249.

Misreported Schooling, Multiple Measures and Returns to Educational Qualifications (with M. De Nadai and B. Sianesi), Journal of Econometrics, 2014, Volume 181, Issue 2, pp. 136-150.

Treatment Effect Estimation with Covariate Measurement Error (with A. Chesher), Journal of Econometrics, 2014, Volume 178, Issue 2, pp. 707-715.

Food and Cash Transfers: Evidence from Colombia (with O. Attanasio and Alice Mesnard), Economic Journal, 2012, Volume 122, Issue 559, pp. 92-124.

Misclassified Treatment Status and Treatment Effects: An Application to Returns to Education in the UK (with B. Sianesi), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2011, Volume 93, Number 2, pp. 495-509.

Providing Employers with Incentives to Train Low-Skilled Employees: Evidence from the UK Employer Training Pilots (with L. Abramovsky, E. Fitzsimons, A. Goodman and H. Simpson), Journal of Labor Economics, 2011, Volume 29, Number 1, pp. 153-192.

Why is Consumption More Log Normal Than Income? Gibrat’s Law Revisited (with R. Blundell and A. Lewbel), Journal of Political Economy, 2009, Volume 117, Number 6, pp. 1140-1154.

The Retirement Consumption Puzzle: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach (with A. Brugiavini, E. Rettore and G. Weber), American Economic Review, 2009, Volume 99, Number 5, pp. 2209-2226.

Ineligibles and Eligible Non-Participants as a Double Comparison Group in Regression Discontinuity Designs (with E. Rettore), Journal of Econometrics, 2008, Volume 142, Issue 2, pp.715-730.