Mauro Lanati

Research Fellow
  • Phone: +39 055 4685 889
  • Mauro Lanati is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the MEDAM Project at the Migration Policy Centre (RSCAS, EUI) and a former Max Weber Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies (EUI). He is an economist whose areas of interest cover theoretical and empirical aspects of Development Economics, International Trade and Migration. Mauro’s current research explores the links between foreign aid, cultural linkages and emigration decisions. His research appears in international academic journals such as World Development, Economics of Education Review, Review of World Economics and The World Economy. Lanati earned a PhD in Economics “Doctor Europaeus” at the University of Pisa (Italy) with a thesis on the link between International Trade and Migration, and was a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia (Canada) and the École normale supérieure Cachan (France).

    Works in Progress

    The Link between Economic Growth and Emigration from Developing Countries: Does Migrants’ Skill Composition Matter? with Rainer Thiele

    Access to citizenship and international student migration: Evidence from the Express Entry reform in Canada, with Jerome Gonnot

    The impact of COVID-19 on international student enrolment and retention rate from a gender perspective, with Jerome Gonnot



    Research topics: Determinants of Migration, Foreign Aid, International Trade
    Geographic areas: All areas
    ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9411-6845

    Articles in Refereed Journals
  • Lanati M. Thiele R (2021) Aid for health, economic growth, and the emigration of medical workers. Journal of International Development, accepted
  • Lanati M. Venturini A. (2021) Cultural Change and The Migration Choice. Review of World Economics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10290-021-00418-1, ISSN: 1610-2878
  • Fiorini M. Giovannetti G. Lanati M. Santi F. (2021) Asymmetric Cultural Proximity and Greenfield FDI  The World Economy, accepted  https://doi.org/10.1111/twec.13088
  • Lanati M. Thiele R. (2020), International Student Flows from Developing Countries: Do Donors Have an Impact? Economics of Education Review vol. 77, ISSN: 0272-7757
  • Lanati M. Thiele R. (2019), Foreign Assistance and Emigration: Accounting for the Role of Non-Transferred Aid The World Economy Volume 00:1–26.
  • Lanati M. Thiele R. (2018), The Impact of Foreign Aid on Migration Revisited World Development Volume 111: p. 59-74.
  • Lanati M. Thiele R. (2018), Foreign Assistance and Migration Choices: Disentangling the Channels Economics Letters , Volume 172: p. 148-151.
  • Giovannetti, G. Lanati M. (2017), Do High‐Skill Immigrants trigger High‐Quality Trade? The World Economy Volume 40, Issue 7: p. 1345-1380.

  • Working Papers
  • Lanati M, M. Sanfilippo and F. Santi (2021), Aid and Internal Migration in Malawi. Working Paper, EUI RSC, 2021/18, Migration Policy Centre (MPC) Submitted to Journal
  • Kaushal N. Lanati M. (2019), International Student Mobility: Growth and Dispersion, Working Paper 25921, DOI 10.3386/w25921, Submitted to Journal
  • Lanati M. (2019), Ideological Conditionality of Foreign Aid during the Cold War: Did Western Allies Follow the US? EUI RSCAS Working Paper N. 2019/54

  • Chapters in Books
  • Giovannetti G, Lanati M, Venturini A (2019). Migration and Trade in the Mediterranean. In: Salvatore Capasso, Eugenia Ferragina. Mediterranean Migration and the Labour Markets Policies for Growth and Social Development in the Mediterranean Area, Routledge. p. 224-237, ISBN: 9781138557345
  • Lanati M, Giovannetti G (2015). Financing Development in Risky Contexts. In: Financing Sustainable Development: Addressing Vulnerabilities. Boussichas, M., and Guillaumont, P. (dir.), Ferdi, Economica, Paris. p. 35-58, ISBN: 9781138794313
  • Lanati M, Giovannetti G (2015). Migration and Development: Lessons from Africa. In: Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies, Oxford University Press, Edited by Anna Triandafyllidou (EUI). p. 236-242, ISBN: 978-2-7178-6852-4

  • Blog Posts and Policy Writings
  • Lanati M. Thiele R. How does foreign aid affect the emigration of medical workers from developing countries? MPC Blog Post, February 2021
  • Lanati M. Recchi E. Search-and-Rescue Operations in the Mediterranean: Are they a ‘pull factor’ for sea crossings of migrants?, MPC Blog Post,  January 2020
  • Lanati M. Thiele R. The Complex Effects of Development Aid on Migration, News Deeply, December 2018.
  • Lanati M. Thiele R.  The impact of foreign aid on migration revisited, MPC Blog Post, June 2017

  • Reports
  • Lanati R. Thiele (2018) How Donors Respond to Refugee Movements, P.109-115, 2018 MEDAM Assessment Report
  • Lanati R. Thiele (2017) Can Foreign Aid Affect Migration Decisions? P.77-80, 2017 MEDAM Assessment Report
  • Lanati G. Giovannetti (2015), The indirect pro-trade effects of Indian ethnic networks, DEMO-India Research Report, Thematic Report, 2015/14
  • Giovannetti, M. Lanati (2014), The Importance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Potential Drawbacks for Mediterranean Countries, IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2014