Teaches political economy at the University of Cagliari, a fellow of the Einaudi Institute of Economics and Finance (EIEF), the CEPR, the North South Centre for Economic Research (CRENoS) and the Luca D’Agliano Centre. He is a member of the scientific committee of the Observatory of Small- and Medium-sized Businesses of Unicredit. He writes for lavoce.info and worked in the Economic Research and International Relations Area of the Bank of Italy from 1998 to 2006, where in 2004 he was appointed head of Sectoral and Territorial Research. His areas of interest include industrial economics and labour, and in particular productivity and business demographics. His most recent works consider the effects of size and ownership on firms’ performance. His essays have been published in international and national reviews.