Graziella Bertocchi is Professor of Economics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She was an Assistant Professor at Brown University and held visiting positions at the European University Institute, Royal Holloway, New York University, the Catholic University of Louvain and IGIER-Bocconi. She is a Research Fellow of CEPR and IZA and a member of the scientific council of CHILD. She is Director of RECent, a newly established research center in Modena. Graziella Bertocchis's recent research has focused on political economy, growth theory, and the interaction between economic growth and institutions in a historical perspective. She has written contributions on the political economy of the welfare state, migration policy, the economics of education, labor market institutions, the impact of colonization, and the economics of information. Her papers have been published in journals such as the Journal of Economic Growth, the Journal of Development Economics, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Economic Journal and the Journal of Monetary Economics.