Francesco Pastore

University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli," Italy, and IZA, Germany

I am very happy to contribute to this ambitious project, addressing key issues and helping to popularize the results of scientific research for a wider audience: not only of academics, but also of practitioners and policymakers. I have always believed in the role that economic and social research has in improving the life of people. I hope that my contribution will be useful also to young people and their families to understand the best way to deal with the challenges that they have to face

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli," Italy

Research interest

Labor and education, development, transition economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant for several international organizations, including the International Labour Organization, Lombardy Regional government, Unesco, and the World Bank

Past positions

Assistant Professor of Economics, Seconda Università di Napoli, 2001–2015; Research fellow, University of Naples “Federico II,” 2000–2001


PhD in Economics, University of Sussex, 2001

Selected publications

  • The Youth Experience Gap: Explaining National Differences in the School-to-Work Transition. Heidelberg: Springer International Publishing AG, 2015.

  • Overeducation at a Glance: Determinants and Wage Effects of the Educational Mismatch, Looking at the AlmaLaurea Data. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7788, 2016 (with F.E. Caroleo).

  • "Much ado about nothing? The wage penalty of holding a PhD degree but not a PhD job position." In: Polachek, S. W., K. Pouliakas, G. Russo, and K. Tatsiramos (eds). Skill Mismatch in Labor Markets. Bingley: Emerald publishing, 2017 (with G. L. Gaeta and G. L. Lavadera).

  • “Getting it right: Youth employment policy within the EU.” Cesifo Forum 18:2 (2017): 19–25.

  • “The European youth guarantee: Labor market context, conditions and opportunities in Italy.” IZA Journal of European Labor Studies 4:11 (2015).