Tommaso Santini, PhD

Tommaso Santini, PhD
Current Position

since 9/22

Economist in the Department of Structural Change and Productivity

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

Research Interests

  • macroeconomics
  • labour economics
  • technological change
  • innovation
  • economic growth

Tommaso Santini joined the Department of Structural Change and Productivity in September 2022. His research focuses on macroeconomics, labour economics, and technological change.

Tommaso Santini received his bachelor's degree from Sapienza Università di Roma, his master's degree and his PhD from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Prior to joining IWH, he worked as a Post-doctoral researcher at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

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Working Papers


Automation with Heterogeneous Agents: The Effect on Consumption Inequality

Tommaso Santini

in: IWH Discussion Papers, No. 28, 2022


In this paper, I study technological change as a candidate for the observed increase in consumption inequality in the United States. I build an incomplete market model with educational choice combined with a task-based model on the production side. I consider two channels through which technology affects inequality: the skill that an agent can supply in the labor market and the level of capital she owns. In a quantitative analysis, I show that (i) the model replicates the increase in consumption inequality between 1981 and 2008 in the US (ii) educational choice and the return to wealth are quantitatively important in explaining the increase in consumption inequality.

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