Sandro Provenzano

Sandro Provenzano

PhD candidate in Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
Applied (Spatial) Microeconometrics, Political Economy of Development

About me

Sandro’s research seeks to understand the determinants of economic growth and development in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on the interaction of geographical factors and political processes. In his current project, he examines the impact of capital city isolation on economic prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa and its underlying political mechanisms. Sandro’s work has a strong quantitative empirical emphasis and seeks to draw causal conclusion from quasi-experimental settings using extensive georeferenced (GIS) data sources such as VIIRS-night-time lights or Afrobarometer.

Prior to pursuing a PhD at LSE, Sandro completed two Master’s Degrees in Economics (MSc, Stockholm School of Economics) and International Economic Policy (MSc, Sciences Po Paris) with distinction (“Cum Laude”) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (BSc, Vienna University of Economics and Business) among the top 1% of students. During this time, he has also gained experience as a short-term research assistant intern at Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt and CESifo Group Munich.

Working Papers
Provenzano, Sandro (2019): The Paradox of the Isolated Poor: Capital City Isolation in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Publications (Peer-Reviewed)
Provenzano, Sandro (2017): The Empirics of Hidden Labor Force Dynamics in Germany. In: Journal of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 237(5): 373–406.

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Academic supervisors

Prof Olmo Silva
Prof Felipe Carozzi

Expertise Details

Development Economics; Political Economy of Development in Sub-Saharan Africa; Economic Geography; Applied (Spatial) Microeconometrics; GIS programming in R.