He is Associate Professor of Economics of European Integration at Bocconi University, Milan. He is the Director of the Globalization and Industry Dynamics unit at the BAFFI CAREFIN Centre for Applied Research on International Markets, Banking, Finance and Regulation, and a Non-Resident Fellow at Bruegel. He holds a PhD in Applied Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven. He has been visiting scholar, among others, at the Center of Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and at the Research Department of the European Central Bank. He has regularly acted as a consultant for a number of national and international institutions, including the Italian Government, the United Nations (UNCTAD), the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the European Central Bank. His main areas of research and publication are international trade and investment, the political economy of globalization and its implications on competitiveness.