UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)

Dr Randolph Luca Bruno

Dr Randolph Luca Bruno

Associate Professor in Economics



Joined UCL
1st Sep 2012

Research summary

Articles in Refereed Journals

 2021 (with L. Andriani, E. Douarin and P. Baig) Is Tax Morale Culturally driven?, Forthcoming Journal of Institutional Economics (ABS***)

 2021 (with N. Campos and S. Estrin) The Effects of European Union Membership on Foreign Direct Investment, Journal of Common Market Studies (ABS***)

 2020 (with L. Magazzini and M. Stampini) Using information from singletons in fixed effect estimation: xtfesing, The STATA Journal (ABS**)

 2020 (with L. Magazzini and M. Stampini) Exploiting information from singletons in panel data analysis: A GMM approach, Economics Letters (ABS***), Vol. 186

 2019 Tax Enforcement, Tax Compliance and Tax Morale in Transition Economies: A Theoretical Model, European Journal of Political Economy (ABS**), Volume 56, pages 193-211

 2018 (with N. Campos and S. Estrin) Taking stock of firm-level and country-level benefits from foreign direct investment, Multinational Business Review (ABS**), Vol. 26 (2) pages 126-144

 2017 (with M. Cipollina), A Meta-Analysis of the indirect impact of Foreign Direct Investment in Old and New EU Member States: Understanding Productivity Spillovers, The World Economy (ABS**), Vol. 41 (5), pages1342-1377


 2016 (with A. Lanza and G. Simone) Resource orchestration in the context of knowledge resources acquisition and divestment. The empirical evidence from the Italian “Serie A” football, European Management Journal (ABS**), Vol. 34 (2), pages 145-157

 2015 New firms entry, Institutions and Labour in Transition IZA World of Labour Evidence-Based policy making, Bonn Germany, pages 1-10

 2015 (with E. Douarin J. Korosteleva and S. Radosevic) Technology Choices and Growth: Testing New Structural Economics in Transition Economies, Journal of Economic Policy Reform (ABS**), Vol. 18, Issue 2, pages 131-152

 2015 (with S. Dal Bianco and M. Signorelli) The Joint Impact of Labour Policies and the "Great Recession" on Unemployment in Europe, Economic Systems (ABS**), Vol. 39, Issue 1, pages 3-26

 2013 (with M. Bytchkova and S. Estrin) Institutional Determinants of New Firm Entry in Russia: A Cross Regional Analysis, Review of Economics and Statistics (ABS****), Vol. 95, Issue 5, pages 1740-1749

 2010 (with R. Rovelli) Labor Market Policies and Outcomes in the Enlarged European Union, Journal of Common Market Studies (ABS***), Vol. 48(3), pages 661-685

 2009 (with M. Stampini) Joining Longitudinal and Cross-Section Data for Efficiency Gains, Economists’ Journal (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Vol. 68, Issue 1, pages 149-173

 2006 Optimal Speed of Transition with a Shrinking Labor Force and under Uncertainty, Economics of Transition (ABS**), Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 69-100

Teaching summary

SESS1005 Applied Game Theory for Economics and Business (BA)

SESS0084 Industrial Dynamics (BA advanced)

SEESGS15 Quantitative Methods (MA)

Siena University, Italy, Adjunct Lecturer, module taught: o BSc Students in Finance  “Emerging Markets and Growth Theory” (in Italian)  University of Bologna, Italy, Adjunct Lecturer, modules taught: o MSc students in Development Economics  “Economics of Transition” (in English) o BSc students in Economics  “Development Economics” (in Italian)  “Macroeconomics” (in Italian)  University of Calabria, Department of Management, module taught: o PhDs, Post-Doc and Professors attending the Summer School  “Econometrics of Longitudinal Data (Panel)” (in Italian)  School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK, Teaching Fellow in Economics of Industrial Change and Innovation, modules taught: o BA students Economics and Business with East European Studies  “Introduction to Economics” (in English)  “European Macroeconomics” (in English)  “Industrial and Corporate Change” (in English) o MA students in Comparative Business Economics  “Economics of Transition” (in English)  University of Birmingham, UK, Lecturer in Business Economics, modules taught: o BA students Economics and Management  “Labour Economics” (in English) o MA students in Management and International Business:  “The Global Shift” (in English)  “Labour Relations and Global Enterprise” (in English)  Lecturer in Economics/ Associate Professor at the University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, modules taught: o BA students Economics and Business with East European Studies  “Applied Game Theory for Economics and Business” (in English)  “European Macroeconomics” (in English)  “Emerging Market Economies” (in English) o MA students in Comparative Business Economics and PhD candidates at SSEES  “Quantitative Methods” (in English)  “Corporate Governance: An Organisational Economics Perspective” (in English).


University of Birmingham
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education | 2012
Universita degli Studi di Pisa
Doctorate, Dottorato di Ricerca | 2006
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2006
Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi di Milano
Other higher degree, Master of Science (Economics) | 1998
Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi di Milano
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Economics) | 1997


Dr. Randolph Luca Bruno is Associate Professor in Economics at University College London, SSEES and since 2006 he holds a PhD in Economics and Management from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa with a thesis on Institutional Economics and Development. His main research interests include labor economics, comparative economics and the role of institutions and technology in economic development from both a Macro as well as Micro perspectives.

He is also Research Fellow at IZA-Bonn (he joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in March 2007 and became a Research Fellow in April 2010) and Senior Research Fellow at Fondazione Rodolfo DeBenedetti-Milan, whose purpose is to promote applied and policy oriented research on labor markets and welfare systems in Europe (http://www.frdb.org). 

During his Ph.D. he has been visiting student at Berkeley (University of California), research assistant at the Centre for New and Emerging Markets (London Business School) and intern at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (London). He has worked as short term consultant for the World Bank on different project. He also joined Fondazione Rodolfo DeBenedetti (Milan, Italy) as Affiliate in 2002.

Between 2006 and 2009 he has been Research Fellow at the University of Bologna, Italy. He was Teaching Fellow at University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies between September 2009 and June 2010.

He has been Lecturer in Business Economics at the University of Birmingham between July 2010 and August 2012.

In 2012 he was appointed Lecturer in Economics at the University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies and since October 2016 he Associate Professor  in Economics.

His research output is testified by high impact publications (Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Letters, Journal of Common Market Studies, Economic Systems, etc.), by leadership in rising funds (e.g. for the Department for International Development and Horizon2020), by consultancy roles for the World Bank, the European Commission and the UK Government and experience in PhD supervision on Development and Institutional Economics. His main publications cover topics such as the labour market dynamics in Europe, the entry process of new firms (e.g. domestic vs. foreign via FDI) in institutionally weak environment as well as the understanding of the root causes of long run economic development and innovation technology upgrading trajectories.

Furthermore, Randolph has been secretary of the European Association of Comparative Economic Studies and he has pre-doctoral experience in financial institutions as quantitative analyst and macroeconomist, and experience in management roles at University College London. His broad field of specialisation are "Comparative and Development Economics" and Specific fields, "Labour economics", "International Business" "Innovation Studies" and "Applied Micro-econometrics".