Dr Michel Serafinelli

Senior Lecturer
Department of Economics
Dr Michel Serafinelli



I am a Senior Lecturer in Economics; previous to Essex I was at University of Toronto; I hold a Phd from Berkeley; I am a Research Fellow at IZA and CReAM at UCL, and an Associate Editor at the Economic Journal. My primary research and teaching fields are Labour, Regional and Environmental Economics. Some of my research is at the intersection of my primary fields and Political Economy For more details, please see my personal webpage


  • Phd University of California, Berkeley, (2013)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Poverty, Community and Development (EC205)

  • The Geography of Employment and the Environment (EC932)

  • Research Plan (EC990)

Previous supervision

Aitor Irastorza Fadrique
Aitor Irastorza Fadrique
Thesis title: Essays on Labour Economics: Understanding Structural Changes
Degree subject: Economics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 28/11/2023
Pavel Tukpetov
Pavel Tukpetov
Degree subject: Economics and Econometrics
Degree type: Master of Science
Awarded date: 4/10/2023
Zhexin Feng
Zhexin Feng
Thesis title: Essays on Labour and Regional Economics
Degree subject: Economics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 24/7/2023
Eike Johannes Eser
Eike Johannes Eser
Thesis title: Three Essays in Labour Economics
Degree subject: Economics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 7/7/2021


Journal articles (5)

Serafinelli, M. and Tabellini, G., (2022). Creativity over Time and Space A Historical Analysis of European Cities. Journal of Economic Growth. 27 (1), 1-43

Abebe, G., McMillan, M. and Serafinelli, M., (2022). Foreign direct investment and knowledge diffusion in poor locations. Journal of Development Economics. 158

Campa, P. and Serafinelli, M., (2019). Politico-Economic Regimes and Attitudes: Female Workers under State-Socialism. The Review of Economics and Statistics. 101 (2), 233-248

Serafinelli, M., (2019). “Good” Firms, Worker Flows, and Local Productivity. Journal of Labor Economics. 37 (3), 747-792

Giavazzi, F., Schiantarelli, F. and Serafinelli, M., (2013). ATTITUDES, POLICIES, AND WORK. Journal of the European Economic Association. 11 (6), 1256-1289

Grants and funding


Labour Market Evolutions in Rural Areas Towns

Leverhulme Trust


Rural Labour Markets

British Academy


Rust Belts of the World: The Effect of De-Industrialization on Cities in Six Countries

British Academy

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5B.336, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

by appointment