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Dr Randolph Bruno
16 Taviton Street
  • Associate Professor

Randolph Bruno got his Ph.D. in 'Economics & Management' in 2006 from L.E.M., Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa (Italy).

During his Ph.D. he has been visiting student at Berkeley (University of California), research assistant at the Centre for New and Emerging Markets (London Business School) and intern at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (London). He worked as short term consultant for the World Bank. He also joined Fondazione Rodolfo DeBenedetti (Milan, Italy) as Affiliate in 2002.

Between 2006 and 2009 he was Research Fellow at the University of Bologna, Italy. He was Teaching Fellow at University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies between September 2009 and June 2010.

He was Lecturer in Business Economics at the University of Birmingham between July 2010 and August 2012.

He is now Lecturer in Economics at the University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in March 2007 and became a Research Fellow in April 2010.

Research Summary

My career as applied economist started in 1998 after the completion of a Master in Economics at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy: I was researcher for a independent Italian think-tank, the Institute for Social Research, Milan; economist at the Office of the Chief Economist, FIAT Holding; quantitative analyst at the investment banking branch of Fideuram Capital SpA, an Italian major bank. This three-year (1998 - 2001) job span in the private sector was indeed very formative to build up expertise, skills and passion within the entrepreneurial activity of three very different business models, consultancy services, automotive industry and investment banking, respectively. My research/academic oriented career as applied-micro economist started when I enrolled in the Ph.D. in Economics and Management (taught in English) at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy, in September 2002. I was in London as research assistant at the Center for New and Emerging Markets, London Business School. From September 2004 to May 2005 I was visiting research scholar at the Department of Economics, University of Berkeley, USA. I have been intern at the Office of the Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from June to October 2005, where I was co-authoring the 4th Chapter of the EBRD Transition Report on ``The Performance of Firms in Transition''. Finally, I successfully defended my Ph.D. thesis in December 2006.
In the last few years I had the occasion to travel and present papers at conferences in Continental Europe, Russian Federation, USA and UK as well as to participate in projects about EU and Russian Federation economic performance. These experiences gave me the opportunity to contribute to the understanding of some open issues in the field of comparative as well as development economics, with a focus on applied industrial and corporate change.

Specialties: My broad field of specialisation is applied-microeconomics and my specific fields are comparative and development economics, labour economics and applied micro-econometrics.

Academic Background
2012 PGCLTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Learning and Teaching University of Birmingham
2006 PhD Dottorato di Ricerca – Economics and Business Administration Universita degli Studi di Pisa
1998 MSc(Econ) Master of Science (Economics) – Economics Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi di Milano
1997 BSc(Econ) Bachelor of Science (Economics) – Economics and Social Science Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi di Milano
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