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My name is Nicola Limodio, I am a PhD candidate in Economics at LSE and affiliated with STICERD.

My research interests are development economics, banking, political economy and, in general, applied micreconomics/econometrics.

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About

Nicola Limodio

PhD Candidate in Economics

I started the MRes/PhD in Economics at LSE in September 2011, with a focus on Development Economics, Applied Micro/Metrics and broad interest in Macroeconomics. I work under the supervision of Prof Tim Besley.

Before this, I worked for nine months as a Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank (Development Economics Vice-Presidency) in Washington DC.

My academic and human upbringing took place in Pisa, where I graduated from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and University of Pisa, and in Trieste, where I completed the last two years of high school at the United World College of the Adriatic.

  • Year Of Birth: 1986
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Address: Department of Economics, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH, UK
  • Website: http://www.nicolalimodio.com

My activities

Research
Policy
Teaching

Papers

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Development Economics
  • Banking
  • Political Economy
  • Applied Micro/Metrics

In this page you can find my publications, for an up-to-date list refer to my profile on ideas (here) and google scholar (here):

 

Research in Progress

“The Development Impact of Financial Regulation: Evidence from Ethiopia and Antebellum USA” (with F. Strobbe), ongoing.

“Financial Regulation and Government Revenue: the Effects of a Policy Change in Ethiopia” (with F. Strobbe), ongoing.

“The Economics of Development Lending: Evidence from Manager-Country Assignment in World Bank Projects”, ongoing.

“The Ambiguous Role of Information in Government Disaster Response”, ongoing.

Pre PhD & Non-technical Work

Blog

“Did Energy Efficiency Break the Electric Utilities' Business Model?”, (with S. Afsah and K. Salcito), CO2scorecard, March 2015. (here)

Old Articles

Limodio, Nicola, 2012. "The puzzle of aid and growth: any role for investment?," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 26(1), pages 1-26, January. (here)

Old Working papers

Limodio, Nicola, 2011. "The success of infrastructure projects in low-income countries and the role of selectivity," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5694, The World Bank. (freely downloadable via ideas here)

Limodio, Nicola, 2011. "The highway concession system in Italy : history, regulation and politics," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5567, The World Bank. (freely downloadable via ideas here)

Limodio, Nicola, 2011. "The impact of pro-vulnerable income transfers : Leisure, dependency and a distribution hypothesis," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5881, The World Bank. (freely downloadable via ideas here)

Teaching

2015 - CURRENT Micro Principles - EC202
Teaching and Exam Assistant
LSE undergraduate course, lecturers: Prof Frank Cowell and Prof Alessandro Gavazza.
2013 - 2015 Micro Principles - EC202
Teaching and Exam Assistant
LSE undergraduate course, lecturers: Prof Frank Cowell and Prof Leonardo Felli. Highly Commended for Innovative Teaching from the LSE SU Teaching Excellence Awards, page 6 here.
2014 Microeconomics - EC2066
Associate Examiner
University of London undergraduate course, lecturer: Dr Arup Daripa.
2014 Adv. Econometrics - EC312
Teaching and Exam Assistant
LSE Summer School Course, lecturers: Dr Marcia Schafgans and Dr Tatiana Komarova.
2014 Introduction to Stata
Instructor
LSE course for students of the Economics Master program.
2014 Introduction to Quant. Methods - EC408
Teaching Assistant
LSE course for students of the Master in Public Administration, lecturers: Dr Greg Fischer and Dr Thomas Sampson.
2012 Introduction to Econometrics - EC220
Teaching Assistant
LSE undergraduate course, lecturer: Dr Chris Dougherty.

Courses

On this page you can find a link to the courses I have been teaching. Each page contains additional resources and explanations, meant to complement official scores and material.

Microeconomics Courses

Econometrics Courses

  • Introduction to Econometrics - EC220
  • Advanced Econometrics - EC312
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods - EC408

 

Summary of My Teaching Output:

In the Academic Year 2013/2014 I was Highly Commented for Innovative Teaching from the LSE Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards, find a description at page 6 here.

In the Academic Year 2014/2015, while I was teaching the course "Microeconomic Principles II - EC202", 48% of my students (14 out of 29) qualified for a Distinction (A or A+), scoring 70% or above in the final exam (the 3-year mean of students achieving a Distinction in this course is 22%). While none of my 29 students, failed the exam (F) scoring 39% or less (the 3-year mean of students achieving a Fail in this course is 10%).

In the Academic Year 2013/2014, while I was teaching the course "Microeconomic Principles II - EC202", 55% of my students (29 out of 53) qualified for a Distinction (A or A+), scoring 70% or above in the final exam (the 3-year mean of students achieving a Distinction in this course is 22%). While only 4%, 2 out of 53, failed the exam (F) scoring 39% or less (the 3-year mean of students achieving a Fail in this course is 10%).

In the Academic Year 2012/2013, while I was teaching the course "Introduction to Econometrics - EC220", 43% of my students (15 out of 35) qualified for a Distinction (A or A+), scoring 70% or above in the final exam (the 3-year mean of students achieving a Distinction in this course is 28%). While only 6%, 2 out of 35, failed the exam (F) scoring 39% or less (the 3-year mean of students achieving a Fail in this course is 16%).

 

Hobbies

Music
Painting
TRAVELLING
Book Reading

In my spare time, beyond reading interesting papers and trying to write some I like:

  • to paint, though I do not always have sufficient time and right intruments, but when I am inspired, it's fun.
  • to sing, this is something I really enjoy and makes me feel good,  virtually everything, from classical '30s jazz classics, to Italian pop, to Pop Rock, to Neapolitan Classical songs.

I am currently singing in a great band with other friends of the PhD, we are "The Binding Constraints". You can find here a video of our first concert, here links to other better quality songs and also a couple of nice pics below.

At this link there are some videos from a concert in which my old band (the i-talians) performed some very good music, mostly Italian, but with an international vibe.

Enclosed two videos, one from the current and one from the old band.

From the Binding Constraints, LSE Econ End of Year Drinks

From the I-Talians, Concert at Ronald Reagan Center, May 2011

Various

Here there are some documents, links or pictures I would like to share:

 

1) my "10 rules for an Econ PhD applicant" (here): these 10 “rules” are just simple pieces of advice that I gave to some friends during a presentation in my previous university, these are neither exhaustive nor exceptional in terms of information content, however I would have highly appreciated to read somewhere these... so here I am.

 

2) Una lettera sulla tassazione delle borse di studio per dottorato all'estero (disponibile qui): per chi fosse interessato a sostenere questa iniziativa, attraverso la sezione contatti o via mail può partecipare inviando: nome e cognome, qualifica/lavoro/posizione, istituzione/università.

 

Random Quotes:

"In Italia nulla è stabile, fuorchè il provvisorio"
(G. Prezzolini)

"No matter if it is a white cat or a black cat; as long as it can catch mice, it is a good cat."
(Dèng Xiǎopíng 鄧小平)

"Che tu abbia la forza di cambiare le cose che si possono cambiare, che tu abbia la pazienza di sopportare quelle non modificabili.. e soprattutto l'intelligenza per saperle distinguere"
(S. Tommaso)

Contact

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  • Department of Economics, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH, UK
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  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.nicolalimodio.com
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