Former scholars

Massimo Bordignon

Former Non Resident fellow

Massimo Bordignon gained a first degree in Philosophy at the University of Florence; he then moved to the UK to complete post graduate studies in Economics (MA, Essex; PhD, Warwick). His research interests are mainly concentrated on Welfare Economics, Public Economics and Political Economics.

The author of four books, he has published extensively in many national and international scientific journals, and is associated editor of the  Journal of Economics and Finanzarchiv. He is also a columnist for Il sole24 ore and co-founder and member of the editorial board of

He taught at Birmingham University, Università di Bergamo, Brescia, and Venezia and lectured in Doctoral and Master courses at Uppsala University, Munich University and the College of Europe. He is currently full professor of Public Economics at the Catholic University of Milan, where he is also the Director of the Department of Economics and Finance, after having directed the Graduate School in Economics and Finance of Public Administration for several years.

He acted as President of the Italian Society of Public Economists and he is currently a member of the managing board of the International Institute of Public Finance and of the Scientific Advisory Board of IFO-Munich.

He worked as a consultant for several regional, national and international institutions, in particular the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund  and acted as a member of several technical commissions within the Italian Government, in particular within the Italian Treasury.

He is currently a member of the scientific committees of Ifel-Anci, Confindustria, and of the Committee on Public Expenditure of the Autonomous Province of Trento.

Contact information

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Policy Contribution

The case for a common European refugee policy

This Policy Contribution discusses the needs for a European migration policy, and considers where more policy coordination is actually needed.

By: Massimo Bordignon, Simone Moriconi and Bruegel Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: March 20, 2017
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External Publication

Improving the Responses to the Migration and Refugee Crisis in Europe

What must be done to over- come the intra-European conflict and achieve a bal- ance that produces common ground allowing for a po- litical and social consensus on migration?

By: Massimo Bordignon, Yves Pascouau, Matthias M. Mayer, Mehrdad Mehregani, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Meghan Benton, Pedro Góis and Simone Moriconi Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: February 13, 2017
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Blog Post

European governance

Italian institutional reforms: will this time be different?

The government of Matteo Renzi wants to reform the law for electing the national parliament. It also wants to change the role of the upper house, the Senate, with a view to move towards an unicameral system. Will these reforms work? How important are they going to be for Italy and Europe?

By: Massimo Bordignon and Bruegel Topic: European governance Date: December 10, 2015
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Blog Post

Renzi's risky budget strategy

Last week the Renzi government approved the 2016 budget law proposal. Although the detailed text is not available yet, the broad picture is clear.

By: Massimo Bordignon and Bruegel Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: October 21, 2015