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Dr Antonio Savoia

Teaching Fellow in Economics

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+44 (0) 1392 723226

Streatham Court 0.32

Dr Antonio Savoia has been teaching at the University of Bath (where he received his PhD) and, for two years, at the University of Reading as a temporary lecturer.

His research has focused on economic development issues. Taking a macro perspective, he is looking at the political economy of property rights protection, economic inequality and political democracy. Using cross-section and panel data methods, his findings suggest that security of private property rights depends on the interaction between political and economic inequality. He has also found that property rights regimes – depending on in whose favour they work and how diffused political power is – affect the way agents participate in the economy, and can increase the level of economic inequality.

Dr Savoia has taught Development Economics at both post and undergraduate level and core courses in Macroeconomics and applied Econometrics to undergraduates.

Qualifications

M.Sc., Ph.D. Economics (Bath)

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Research

Research interests

  • Political economy of development
  • Economics of institutions
  • Economics of inequality
  • Development Macroeconomics

Research projects

Borrowing from different disciplines (e.g. political science) and using quantitative methods, Dr Savoia's current research focuses on institutional performance and how it impinges on development outcomes and macroeconomic policies. In particular, the role of social norms in explaining tax evasion, the political economy aspects of the impact of natural resources on macroeconomic performance, the impact of democratisation and inequality on FDI inflows, and the effect of political democracy on monetary policies.

Dr Savoia is also currently supervising five Masters dissertations: 

  • Dmitry Pak: determinants of corruption 
  • Saule Nuraldakyzy: political regimes and FDI inflows 
  • Denis Mfugale: structural adjustment and poverty in Tanzania 
  • YangYang Qu: determinants of Foreign Direct Investment 
  • Chen Zhang: financial development and regulation of banks

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Savoia A, Easaw J, Mckay A (2010). Inequality, Democracy, and Institutions: a Critical Review of Recent Research. World Development, 38(2), 142-154. Abstract.
Savoia A, Easaw J, McKay A (2010). Property Rights Security: the Impact of Economic and Political Inequality.
Savoia A, Cullis J, Jones P, Lewis A (2010). Tax Compliance and Tax Culture: the Impact of Different Dimensions.
Savoia A, Easaw J (2009). Inequality in Developing Economies: the Role of Institutional Development. Society for the Study of Economic Inequality – ECINEQ, Working Paper 2009/121

Publications by category


Journal articles

Savoia A, Easaw J, Mckay A (2010). Inequality, Democracy, and Institutions: a Critical Review of Recent Research. World Development, 38(2), 142-154. Abstract.
Savoia A, Easaw J, McKay A (2010). Property Rights Security: the Impact of Economic and Political Inequality.
Savoia A, Cullis J, Jones P, Lewis A (2010). Tax Compliance and Tax Culture: the Impact of Different Dimensions.
Savoia A, Easaw J (2009). Inequality in Developing Economies: the Role of Institutional Development. Society for the Study of Economic Inequality – ECINEQ, Working Paper 2009/121

Publications by year


2010

Savoia A, Easaw J, Mckay A (2010). Inequality, Democracy, and Institutions: a Critical Review of Recent Research. World Development, 38(2), 142-154. Abstract.
Savoia A, Easaw J, McKay A (2010). Property Rights Security: the Impact of Economic and Political Inequality.
Savoia A, Cullis J, Jones P, Lewis A (2010). Tax Compliance and Tax Culture: the Impact of Different Dimensions.

2009

Savoia A, Easaw J (2009). Inequality in Developing Economies: the Role of Institutional Development. Society for the Study of Economic Inequality – ECINEQ, Working Paper 2009/121

Dr Savoia’s favourite teaching areas include:

  • Development Economics
  • Economics of institutions and inequality
  • Macroeconomics

He always designs his teaching by referring to the recent research of each topic, without neglecting the policy implications.

Taught modules