Background and activities


I earned a PhD in Economics from Rutgers University (USA) in 2011, an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick (UK) and a Laurea in Economics from Bocconi University (Italy). I joined the faculty in September 2017 from the University of Reading (UK), where I was a tenured Lecturer in Economics. I am currently also a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Helsinki and a Research Fellow at IZA - Institute of Labor Economics. 

My field of research is labor economics, broadly defined to include forays into econometrics and economic history. Within labor economics, I have worked on one core area: the economics of migration. My work emphasizes the importance of understanding selectivity in migration when assessing the consequences of international labor mobility on the sending and receiving regions. In addition, I have worked on topics such as immigrant cultural and political integration. 

Additional information is available at:

My personal webpage

My IZA Profile



Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

  • Biavaschi, Costanza; Giulietti, Corrado; Siddique, Zahra. (2017) The Economic Payoff of Name Americanization. Journal of Labor Economics. vol. 35 (4).
  • Biavaschi, Costanza. (2016) Recovering the Counterfactual Wage Distribution with Selective Return Migration. Labour Economics. vol. 38 (1).
  • Biavaschi, Costanza; Giulietti, Corrado; Zimmermann, Klaus F.. (2015) Sibling Influence on the Human Capital of the Left Behind. Journal of Human Capital. vol. 9 (4).
  • Biavaschi, Costanza; Zimmermann, Klaus F.. (2014) Eastern Partnership Migrants in Germany: Outcomes, Potentials and Challenges. IZA Journal of European Labor Studies. vol. 3 (7).
  • Biavaschi, Costanza. (2013) The Labor Demand was Downward Sloping: Disentangling Migrants’ Inflows and Out- flows, 1929-1957,. Economics Letters. vol. 118 (3).
  • Biavaschi, Costanza; Eichhorst, Werner; Giulietti, Corrado; Zimmermann, Klaus F.; Kendzia, Michael; Murayev, Alexander; Pieters, Janneke; Rodriguez-Planas, Nuria; Schmidl, Ricarda. (2013) Youth Unemployment and Vocational Training. Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics. vol. 9 (1-2).