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If You Can Imagine It, You Can Do It

LEAP Scholar Alexia Delfino's latest academic paper "Learning to see the world’s opportunities: The impact of imagery on entrepreneurial success" has been published on Bocconi Knowledge 

Published in American Economic Review

Congratulation to our directors Eliana la Ferrara and Lucia Corno for the publication! 


VOL. 112, NO. 12, DECEMBER 2022

(pp. 3848-75)

1 post-Doctoral position at LEAP - 2 Years

We are inviting applications for a 2-year post-doc position in Development Economics.

To apply, please submit a Curriculum Vitae, a completed research paper and three reference letters to EconJobMarketSubmission deadline is November 25th, 2022

Applicants should have excellent research potential and have a Ph.D. degree in Economics or expect to receiving one by September 1, 2023.


Migration Policies from Pilot Test to Full Scale Implementation in Bangladesh

LEAP PhD Student Erick Baumgartner reports on the recent LEAP Coffee Seminar with Ashish Shenoy


Eliana La Ferrara has been nominated future president of the Econometric Society

We are pleased to announce that the Econometric Society has elected our Scientific Director Eliana La Ferrara as Second Vice-President. She will presumably become First Vice-President in 2023 and President in 2024.


LEAP Student Grant 2022 | Deadline November 15

LEAP invites students to submit proposals for research projects on poverty and development issues through the "LEAP Student Grant" project. 

We support interesting ideas and well-designed projects or part of a project (pilot). The grant request can be up to 4000 euros.



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LEAP Development Coffee Seminar - Ashish Shenoy

This appointment of our LEAP Development Coffee Seminar will feature a presentation from Ashish Shenoy, Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis, on his paper on a large-scale migration loan program that offers a short-term low-interest migration loan to hundreds of thousands of landless rural workers during the agricultural lean season in northern Bangladesh. 

“Roberto Franceschi” Research Grants for MSc and PhD students

The Roberto Franceschi Foundation, which promotes scientific research in the field of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of social pathologies and forms of social exclusion, is awarding a research grant of 6,000 Euros (before taxes) to finance the collection of an original data set for the realization of their Master of Science or PhD research thesis in the field of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of social pathologies and forms of social exclusion, in line with the Foundation's mission.


London School of Economics - Call for Papers LSE Environment Week 20-23 Sept 2022

The Economics of Environment and Energy Programme (EEE), International Growth Centre (IGC) and Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID) within the LSE Economics Department will convene an Environment Week at the LSE from 20-23 September 2022.

LSE is soliciting papers from PhD students and faculty in all areas of the economics of environment and energy. The deadline is 18 July and authors will be notified (at latest) by 19 August.

LEAP Conference 2022, 27-28 JUNE 2022

The program of the LEAP Conference 2022, which took place between the 27th and the 28th of June, and which saw the participation of the Nobel-prize winning scholars Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee,  is now available.