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Alberto Vesperoni joined the Department of Political Economy as a Lecturer in Economics in September 2019. He is trained as an economist (PhD from Stockholm School of Economics, MSc from Bocconi University). He is an economic theorist with focus on development economics. So far Alberto’s research has been on contest theory and on linking models of social interaction to structural variables related to the measurement of economic inequality, spatial concentration and ethnic diversity.

Find out more information about Alberto Vesperoni on his personal webpage.

Research subject areas

  • Economic theory
  • Development economics


PhD supervision

  • Formal modeling and quantitative analysis of cooperation and conflict within-between geo-political units
  • Formal and quantitative issues in the measurement of economic inequality, spatial concentration and ethnic diversity


  • Ethnic geography: measurement and evidence (with Roland Hodler and Michele Valsecchi, Journal of Public Economics, 2021)
  • Measuring ethnic stratification and its effect on trust in Africa (with Roland Hodler, Sorawoot Srisuma and Noemie Zurlinden, Journal of Development Economics, 2020)
  • Inequality and conflict outbreak (with Anil Yildizparlak, Social Choice and Welfare, 2019)
  • Contests with draws: axiomatization and equilibrium (with Anil Yildizparlak, Economic Inquiry, 2019)
  • A contest success function for networks (with Irem Bozbay, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2018)
  • A contest success function for rankings (Social Choice and Welfare, 2016)

Working papers

  • A threshold model of urban development (with Paul Schweinzer)
  • Democracy and international conflict (with Karl Wärneryd)