Jacopo Ponticelli is an applied economist who primarily studies corporate finance and development economics. His research interests include bankruptcy, contract enforcement, financial development, firm dynamics, and structural transformation. Much of his work is focused on the financial frictions faced by firms in emerging economies. His most recent paper, “Court Enforcement and Firm Productivity,” addresses the role of the judicial system in shaping the impact of bankruptcy reform in Brazil.
Recently he co-authored a paper on the relationship between fiscal adjustment and social unrest, which has been mentioned in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, CNN, El Pais, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The Guardian, L’Expansion, The Atlantic, and other media outlets.
Ponticelli earned a PhD in economics (cum laude) and an MSc in economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, as well as a BA in international relations from the Università Cattolica di Milano.
Ponticelli joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.