Mr Tommaso Sonno

Mr Tommaso Sonno

PhD Candidate in Economics

Department of Economics

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Research interests
International Trade, Political Economy (primary)
Applied Microeconometrics (secondary)

Job market paper
Globalization and conflicts: the good, the bad and the ugly of corporations in Africa

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Using georeferenced data on the affiliates and headquarters of multinational enterprises together with georeferenced conflict data, this work is the first to establish a causal link between the activities of multinational enterprises and violence. The results indicate that activities which increase local human capital decrease the probability of civil conflict, while the activity of exploitative sectors, in particular in the agriculture and forestry sectors, increases conflict. The increase in the likelihood of conflict is amplified in areas with politically unrepresented ethnic groups, and/or groups targeted for large-scale land acquisition.

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Publications and additional papers

  • “On Economic Interdependence and War”, Journal of Economic Literature (2017), 55(3), 1084-1097 (with Massimo Morelli)
  • “Demand and Supply of Populism”, CEPR Discussion Paper 11871 (with Luigi Guiso, Helios Herrera, and Massimo Morelli)
  • “Markups, Productivity and the Financial Capability of Firms”, Baffi Carefin Centre Working Paper (with Carlo Altomonte and Domenico Favoino)
  • “Global value networks”, in J. Amador and F. di Mauro ed., The Age of Global Value Chains: Maps and Policy Issues, Center for Economic Policy Research Press, London (2015), 85-106 (with Carlo Altomonte, Italo Colantone and Armando Rungi)
  • “Firm-Level Productivity and Exporting. Diagnosing the role of Financial Constraints”, in Product Market Review 2013, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission Publication (2013), 30-48 (with Carlo Altomonte, and Hylke Vandenbussche)


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Professor Gianmarco Ottaviano
Professor Massimo Morelli
Dr Carlo Altomonte
Dr Florian Mayneris

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