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