Luca Maria Pesando

Office Address: 

332 McNeil



Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D., Demography & Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2018
M.A., Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
M.Sc., Economics & Social Sciences, Bocconi University, 2012
B.A., Economics & Social Sciences,Bocconi University, 2010

Entered Program: 
Dissertation Chair: 
Hans-Peter Kohler
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Frank F. Furstenberg
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Jere R. Behrman
Graduation Year: 

Luca holds a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan. His main research interests span the disciplines of demography, economics of education and policy evaluation methods. Among these, he is interested in studying issues of family poverty and inequality, intergenerational transfers, fertility dynamics, and interactions between life-cycle events and the education process.

Prior to entering the program, he worked as Research Assistant at Bocconi University on a randomized experiment on financial literacy in high schools. He then moved to the University of Oxford, working on the design and launch of a collaborative blog on global population issues named and collaborating with the “Young Lives” International Study of Childhood Poverty, as he would like to use Young Lives data as a starting point for his doctoral research. Finally, he worked with JPAL/IPA in Zambia and he was a member of the Social Cohesion Unit at the OECD Development Centre in Paris. 

Recent Papers:
Pesando, L. M. (2018). “Does financial literacy increase students' perceived value of schooling?" Education Economics, 26 (5): 488-515.

Pesando, L. M. (2018). “Childlessness and upward intergenerational support: Cross-national evidence from 11 European countries." Ageing & Society, 1-36 (in press).

Pesando, L. M. (accepted). “Rethinking and revising Goode's contribution to global family change." Marriage & Family Review.

Pesando, L. M. and A. Abufhele (accepted). “Household determinants of teen marriage: Sister effects across four low- and middle-income countries." Studies in Family Planning (link to working paper).

Payne, C. F., Pesando, L. M., and H.P. Kohler (in press). “Up, down and reciprocal: The dynamics of private intergenerational transfers, family structure and health in a sub-Saharan African low-income context." Population and Development Review
(link to working paper). 

Pesando, L. M. and the GFC team (2018). “Global family change: Persistent diversity with development." Population and Development Review, 1-51.