He is chief editor of the journal Popolazione e Storia and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History and of Genus. He is also the organizer of the international scientific networks EI-Net (Economic Inequality Network) and, together with Vincent Gourdon, Patrinus.
An economic and social historian and an historical demographer, he published extensively on Early Modern Italy and Europe, specialising in economic inequality, in the history of epidemics and famines, and in social alliance systems. He is the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded research project EINITE-Economic Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800, whose aim is to reconstruct long-term trends in wealth and income inequality in different areas of the continent. His recent publications include Calamities and the Economy in Renaissance Italy (Palgrave, 2013) and Economic Inequality in Northwestern Italy: A Long-Term View (Fourteenth to Eighteenth Centuries), The Journal of Economic History (2015, forthcoming).