Sandro Provenzano

Sandro Provenzano

PhD candidate in Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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Languages
English, French, German
Key Expertise
Applied (Spatial) Microeconometrics, Political Economy of Development

About me

I am a PhD student in Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. My research primarily targets understanding the determinants of economic growth and development in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on the interactions of geographical factors and political processes. In my first chapter, I examine the spatial distribution of economic activity relative to the location of the capital city in Sub-Saharan Africa and investigate its underlying mechanisms. My current work aims at exploiting the vast informational value of very high resolution satellite imagery to track and understand the impact of natural resources on the dynamics of economic performance and urban change. Overall, my work has a strong quantitative empirical emphasis and seeks to draw causal conclusion from quasi-experimental settings using extensive georeferenced data sources such as satellite imagery, DHS or Afrobarometer.

Prior to pursuing my PhD at LSE, I 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, I have also gained experience as an external data analyst at eXplain (formerly Liegey Muller Pons), as a research assistant intern at Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt, as well as at CESifo Group Munich.

Working Papers
Provenzano, Sandro (2020): The Political Economy of Isolation from the Capital City in Sub-Saharan Africa. Available upon request.

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.