Luca Flabbi


Ph.D., Associate Professor, Economics

Campus Office: Gardner Hall, Room CB 3305
Campus Phone Number: (919) 966-2385

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Flabbi is an applied microeconomist and econometrician with expertise in labor/population economics and in applied econometric methods. His research focuses on gender discrimination in labor markets, labor market search and frictions, earnings inequality across skill groups, the role of flexibility on wages, simultaneous marriage and labor market searches, intergenerational mobility, and schooling decisions. Recently, he has completed work on the impact of the underrepresentation of women in top positions at the firm and on the labor market institutions leading to informal labor contracts.

Flabbi has developed models to test and explain the disparities in gender and wage. His publications include innovative modeling that describes employment behavior of different types of employers: those who are prejudiced against female employment and those who are not. He finds that even non-discriminatory firms pay unequal wages as a result of the lower bargaining power associated with the lower value of work among women due to the existence of discriminatory firms. Luca also contributes to the growing literature on the intergenerational educational mobility and the role of parents in their children’s schooling choices. More recently, he has completed and published papers on the labor market informality arising in Latin American countries and on the underrepresentation of women in top positions at the firm. Several of his papers are based on the search models and their applications to the study of job flexibility and household behavior.

Flabbi has received grants from the Inter-American Development Bank, the Italian Ministry of Research, and IFAU-Uppsala. He regularly advises international development organizations such the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Since January 2018, he is Co-Editor of Labour Economics, The Journal of the European Association of Labour Economists. Luca’s state-of-the-art econometric techniques and dynamic modeling skills make him a crucial contributor to labor and population economics research.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Demography

Information updated on 4/10/2019

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