She is Director of RECent, a Research Fellow of CEPR and IZA and a member of the scientific council of CHILD. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been an Assistant Professor at Brown University and held visiting positions at the European University Institute, Royal Holloway, New York University, the Catholic University of Louvain and IGIER-Bocconi. Her recent research has focused on political economy, macroeconomic dynamics, and the interaction between economic growth and institutions in a historical perspective. She has written contributions on the political economy of the welfare state, migration policy, the economics of education, labor market institutions, the impact of colonization, and the economics of information.