Two NEW PHD STUDENTS, Duccio Tosi and Damiano Di Francesco, join EMbeDS

As part of its educational mission, EMbeDS has supported scholarships in the PhD programs in Economics, Managemente and Data Science. Two doctoral students joned us in the 2021/22 academic cycle.

Damiano Di Francesco joined the Economics PhD program at the Sant'Anna School. Damiano obtained his bachelor in Economics from La Sapienza University of Rome, and continued his studies with a Master of Science in Economics jointly offered by the University of Pisa and the Sant'Anna School. In his master thesis he tried to empirically validate a macroeconomic agent-based model by comparing the causal structure inferred from the model-generated synthetic data with the one inferred from a set of observed time series data. He also worked as teaching assistant in Micro and Macroeconomics and spent a few months at the Ministry of Economy and Finance researching European fiscal policy issues.
Before starting the PhD, Damiano also worked at Sant’Anna as research assistant in a project on the mathematical formalization of agent-based models and their causal structures, coordinated by Dr. Marco Pangallo.

What are Damiano's plans for his doctoral research, in connection with the objectives of EMbeDS? For my doctoral research I would like to develop a theoretical and empirical framework to analyse how decentralized production and financial networks act as catalysts, or propagation mechanisms, of idiosyncratic (granular) shocks, adopting a complexity-based approach. Specifically, I will try to gather new empirical evidence on the micro-origins of macroeconomic fluctuations using state-of-the art econometric techniques, and attempt to rationalize it using a network-augmented agent-based macro model. Such empirical and modelling components could also be connected exploring new validation methods to meaningfully link complex simulations to the data.

Duccio Tosi joined the Management PhD Program at the Sant'Anna School. Duccio received a Bachelor ’s Degree in in Business Economics at the University of Pisa and, subsequently, a Master of Science in Economics and Business Sciences at the University of Milano-Bicocca. During his studies, he developed a keen interest in the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Both his Bachelor's and Master's theses were about “social” aspects of Economics. The former focused on the importance of the local economy, highlighting the role of synergistic growth between businesses and their reference community. The latter dealt with companies in the non-profit sector, which represent a phenomenon of marked social value.

During his university years Duccio also had the opportunity to carry out two professional internships in two different consulting firms, one in Pisa and one in Milan.

What are Duccio's plans for his doctoral research, in connection with the objectives of EMbeDS? I am interested in studying the issue of sustainability from the point of view of both companies and actors who are part of them. I would like to investigate how and to what extent the attitudes, behaviors, values ​​and approaches of entrepreneurs, managers and employees can influence the company's adoption of sustainable practices, and related performance, both from an environmental and social point of view. I also plan to investigate what are the contextual factors (external and internal) that influence the adoption of business practices relating to one or another alternative dimension of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and what are, instead, the factors that allow the company to address the issue of CSR with a more integrated logic. The aim is to understand, from different perspectives, the determinants of the adoption of sustainable behavior by companies. This can allow policy makers, companies, entrepreneurs, managers and employees to guide their choices in order to create a "fertile ground" for business sustainability.