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 Finance, International Trade and Migration. Mauro’s research explores the link between foreign aid and migration, especially the effect of foreign aid and other forms of development finance on legal and illegal migration flows. On this topic he recently co-authored a paper with Prof. Rainer Thiele titled “The Impact of Foreign Aid on Migration Revisited”. Lanati earned an European PhD in Economics, Doctor Europaeus, at the University of Pisa under the supervision of Prof. Giorgia Giovannetti (EUI and University of Florence) with a thesis on the link between International Trade and Migration, whose first chapter was written while he was a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia. His job market paper – which investigates the link between quality of migrants and quality of trade – has recently been published by The World Economy. Mauro has participated in several research projects on development finance and migration studies for many international institutions, such as FERDI in Clermont-Ferrand (France) and IEMED in Barcelona (Spain). Some of these collaborations culminated in recent publications in volumes, such as ‘Financing development in risky contexts’ in Financing sustainable development by addressing vulnerabilities (2015) edited by Boussichas, M., and Guillaumont, P. and published by FERDI in collaboration with the EUI and EIDIH.

    Research topics: Determinants of Migration, Foreign Aid, International Trade
    Geographic areas: All areas

    Articles in Refereed Journals
  • Lanati M. Thiele R. (2020) International Student Flows from Developing Countries: Do Donors Have an Impact   Economics of Education Review accepted
  • 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, and Lanati M. (2017), Do High-Skill Immigrants trigger High-Quality Trade? The World Economy  Volume 40, Issue 7: p. 1345-1380.

  • Working Papers
  • Fiorini M.  Giovannetti G.  Lanati M.  Santi F.  (2017) Asymmetric Cultural Proximity and Greenfield FDI   EUI RSCAS 2017/56 & revised version available as Development Working Papers 434, Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano, University of Milano, 29 Jan 2018, submitted
  • Lanati M. (2019)  Ideological Conditionality of Foreign Aid during the Cold War: Did Western Allies Follow the US?,  EUI RSCAS Working Paper, submitted
  • Kaushal N. Lanati M. (2019)  International Student Mobility: Growth and Dispersion,  NBER Working Paper No. 25921, submitted
  • Lanati M.  Venturini A. (2018)  Cultural Change and The Migration Choice,  IZA DP Discussion Paper No. 11415, submitted

  • Work in Progress
  • The impact of Aid Projects on Internal Migration: the case of Malawi, (with Filippo Santi and Marco Sanfilippo)
  • Governance Aid and Emigration from Developing Countries, (with Rainer Thiele)

  • Book Chapters
  • G. Giovannetti, M. Lanati, A. Venturini (2019) Migration and Trade in the Mediterranean, within "Mediterranean Migration and the Labour Market: Policies for Growth and Social Development in the Mediterranean Area", Routledge 2019 forthcoming
  • G. Giovannetti, M. Lanati (2015), Migration and Development: Lessons from Africa as part of the Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies p. 236-242, Oxford University Press, Edited by Anna Triandafyllidou (European University Institute)
  • G. Giovannetti, M. Lanati (2015), Financing development in risky contexts, in Financing sustainable development: Addressing Vulnerabilities p. 35-58, Boussichas, M., and Guillaumont, P. (dir.), FERDI, Economica, Paris.

  • Policy Writings
  • Lanati M. Thiele R. The Complex Effects of Development Aid on Migration , News Deeply, 13 December 2018.

  • Reports
  • M. Lanati R. Thiele (2018) How Donors Respond to Refugee Movements P.109-115, 2018 MEDAM Assessment Report
  • M. Lanati R. Thiele (2017) Can Foreign Aid Affect Migration Decisions? P.77-80, 2017 MEDAM Assessment Report
  • G. Giovannetti, M. Lanati (2014), The Importance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Potential Drawbacks for Mediterranean Countries, IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2014