Simone Chinetti

Simone Chinetti

Research fellow

University of Salerno


Hi! I am a Research Fellow (Assegnista di Ricerca) at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Salerno. I am also a PhD Candidate in the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Naples Federico II, where I am working under the supervision of Prof. A. Acconcia.

I am an empirical economist whose research interests mostly lie in Public Economics and Policy as well as in Labour Economics and their intersection.

Download my resumé.

  • Labour Economics
  • Public Economics and Policy
  • Gender Issues
  • PhD Candidate in Economics, Oct. 2021 (expected)

    University of Naples Federico II


Working Papers

  1. Academic producitivity and pandemic: Evidence from female economist during the COVID-19 crisis (2021; WP soon available!)

I study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on female economists’ research productivity. I collect data from the SSRN web archive on 4,778 distinct pre-prints in- volving 8,651 authors from over 90 countries observed from January to mid-November 2020. By estimating a Difference-in-Differences, my results show that, since the lock- down began, the number of working papers written by a female economist, alone or jointly with other researchers, uploaded on SSRN declined of about 20 percentage points and this negative effect persists up to about 4 months later. Declines in productivity, however, disappear during the school re-opening period suggesting that indeed childcare demand has been an important channel in causing women production drop. Finally, declines in productivity are not associated with increases in pre-prints’ quality.

Work in Progress

  1. The consumption response to transitory income shocks: the case of lotteries (2021; joint with A. Acconcia)
  2. Later life human capital investment: Evidence from the unintended effects of a pension reform (2020)

This paper provides a novel empirical test of human capital theory by studying whether increases in residual working life induce additional training. I exploit a sizable pension reform, affecting all Italian workers, in a Difference-in-Differences setting and find that an increase in the residual working life increases human capital investment. Additionally, I show that the response to the reform was very heterogeneous and depending on gender, age profiles, education, martial status, sector of employment and firm size. However, my estimates suggest to rule out that positive variations in human capital investment were directly sponsored by employers.

  1. Investment Subsidies Effectiveness: Evidence from a Regional Program (2020)

Are public investment subsidies effective? I provide novel empirical evidence on the effectiveness of public subsidies for SMEs by investigating the effect of a subsidy program taken place in Campania (South Italy) in 2013. By relying on a Difference-in-Differences approach, my estimates demonstrate that the regional program was effective in increasing private firms' spending in innovative investment. However, I show also large heterogeneity in the firms response. In particular, I find that the positive effect on investment comes from micro- and small-size firms as well as firms operating in high tech sectors and high tech service firms. Nonetheless, I am not able to reject the hypothesis that firms increased spending by about approximately the amount of the subsidy.

  1. Early Childcare Services Expansion and Mothers’ Labour Market Outcomes: Evidence from Italy (2019; under revision)