Mixture and latent variable models for causal inference and analysis of socio-economic data

Research Project "Futuro in Ricerca 2012". Italian Ministry of Research and Higher Education


The research project is coordianted by Professor Francesco Bartolucci, Department of Economics, Finance and Statistics, University of Perugia (Italy). Five research units make up the research group: Bologna (PI: Silvia Cagnone), Firenze (PI: Alessandra Mattei), Perugia (PI: Francesco Bartolucci), Milano-Bicocca (PI: Fulvia Pennoni), and Roma-La Sapienza (PI: Paolo Giordani).

This webpage mainly describes the research activity of the Florence research unit. See the Project Web page for further information on the project.

The Florence research unit will focus on both methodological issues and substantive empirical research related to the identification and estimation of causal effects in complicated settings under the potential outcomes framework for causal inference. The following objectives will be the focus of the research:


The Florence Research Unit

Alessandra Mattei (PI), Department of Statistics, Informatics, Applications, University of Florence (Italy)

Bruno Arpino, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain)

Leonardo Grilli, Department of Statistics, Informatics, Applications, , University of Florence (Italy)

Fan Li, Department of Statistical Science, Duke University (NC, USA)

Fabrizia Mealli, Department of Statistics, Informatics, Applications, University of Florence (Italy)

Barbara Pacini, Department of Political Science, University of Pisa (Italy)

Carla Rampichini, Department of Statistics, Informatics, Applications, University of Florence (Italy)


The research team will collaborate closely throughout with researchers of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-social Change (MISOC) - Institute for Social & Economic Research (ISER) - University of Essex, and CEPS/INSTEAD (Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvreté et Politiques Socio-Economiques/International Networks for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development). The research team will especially collaborate with Professor Stephen Pudney, the Director of MISOC, and Dr Michela Bia, researcher at CEPS/INSTEAD.