He obtained an MSc in Economics at the University of York in 1997 and a doctorate in Political Economy at the Università Cattolica in Milan in 2001. He is currently Full Professor of Public Economics at Bicocca University in Milan, where he also lectures on economic policy, and is pro-rector for finance and the rector’s delegate for the right to education. He also teaches at the Public Economics Department of Bocconi University and is an affiliate of the Dondena research centre. He was a tax expert at SECIT (Italian Ministry of Finance) from 1999 to 2004, advisor to the deputy Minister of Economics and Finance from 2006 to 2008 and economic advisor to the Prime Minister from September 2014 to December 2016. He has participated in several working groups and ministerial commissions, including the commission drawing up a report on the underground economy and tax and national insurance evasion, and the commission reviewing business sector taxation models (the so-called Rey Commission). His main publications concern the impact of measures to combat tax evasion, business sector taxation models, different models of family taxation, and the measurement of inequality.