Davide Luca





I am a Research Associate at Cambridge University, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. I previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. I'm also affiliated to the Gran Sasso Science Institute.  


My research explores the politics of policy delivery and development, with an emphasis on distributive politics, regional inequality, and local governance. My work cuts across Geography, Political Economy, and Public Policy. I try to answer questions such as: what are the geographical effects of electoral politics on government spending decisions? What are the political consequences of the deep spatial inequalities that have been opening up across many advanced economies, and what can policy-makers do about it? Do territorial governance and 'perverse institutions' such as organized crime affect policy delivery?    


My PhD thesis was awarded the 2016 Italian Regional Science Association's G. Leonardi Best Doctoral Dissertation Prize. In the past I worked for the European Commission, and consulted for the European Parliament.