Projects

The Center for Research and Social Progress is a non-partisan and non-profit organization, which conducts research that provides the basis for thoughtful consideration to improve the role and performance of both the political and economic systems. The aim is to develop a compendium of empirical evidence that indicates a positive direction for both politics and economics.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Economics: Labour and Development Economics; Health Economics; Economics of Education; Applied Micro Econometrics; Policy Evaluation.
  • Political Science: Political Behavior, Political Values and Attitudes; European Union; Inequality; Mass Media; Quantitative Methodology (incl. Econometrics and Multi-level Modeling).

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS:

Italian Youth Unemployment: This project investigates the effects of  unemployment on life prospects and behaviors.

What are the employment and earnings expectations of jobless young skilled? [Binelli] In a labor market that is characterized by a record high unemployment rate and growing instability, which employment and earnings’ prospects do young adults expect to have? And what are the consequences of these expectations on their life choices and behaviors? By answering these questions, the goal of this project is twofold: first, to measure the amount of job insecurity and earnings risk that young unemployed expect to face, and, second, to assess the impact of this perceived job insecurity and earnings risk on several important choices and behaviors such as looking for a job (and which type of job), having a child, getting married, being politically active, as well as aspects of well being such as feelings of insecurity and lack of self-confidence. In order to reach these goals, I have developed an innovative questionnaire that, for the first time for a sample of young unemployed, collects a rich set of quantitative expectations data on future expected earnings and employment prospects.

See: CeRSP Working Paper 15/02: Employment and Earnings Expectations of Jobless Young Skilled: Evidence from Italy

What are the significant political and economic effects of job insecurity and instability? [Loveless and Binelli] Using a new measure of perceived potential job insecurity and instability effect; we estimate individuals’ expectations about job prospects as it impacts their political behaviors. Access to the INPS database on Italian households allows us to reconstruct variation in meso- and macro-level contexts to help in explaining observed variation in political orientation; engagement; and attitudes.

This project is currently funded by the INPS Visiting Scholars program

See: CeRSP Working Paper 17/01: Expectations of Future Economic Security and National System Support

Individuals’ Perceptions of National-level Income Inequality in the UK: What drives individuals’ perceptions of national-level income inequality?

This investigation comes from Dr. Loveless and Dr. Binelli having won an international competition to add survey questions to the British Election Study Internet Panel (2014-2018).

See: CeRSP Working Paper 15/01: Misperceptions of Macro-Economic Context: Income Inequality in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Health care in Italy

We are working with one major Italian consumers’ protection association (Federconsumatori Emilia Romagna) to develop and original survey instrument to collect innovative data on access to and perceived quality of the national health care system in Emilia Romagna. Together with a battery of standard questions on health care’s access, use, and quality, the survey includes orginial questions on subjective earnings’ expectations and future prospects of health care needs and responses elicited using the quantitative expectations data methodology