School, Peers, and Parenting under the Shadow of COVID

May 24, 2022
Portrait of Fabrizio Zilibotti

School, Peers, and Parenting under the Shadow of COVID

In this BSE Lecture, Fabrizio Zilibotti speaks of how the pandemic is widening educational inequality and of the extent to which the learning gaps created by the crisis will persist as students progress through high school, putting their future prospects at risk. 

About our speaker

Fabrizio Zilibotti is the Tuntex Professor of International and Development Economics at Yale University. He earned a Ph.D. of economics at the London School of Economics. His first academic appointment was at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has later held professorships in several European universities (Stockholm, London, Zurich) before moving to Yale in 2017.

He is the recipient of international awards, among them, the Yrjö Jahnsson 2009 award (best economist in Europe under the age of 45) and of the Sun Yefang 2012 Award from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

His research interests include economic growth and development, income inequality, political economy, macroeconomics, and the economic development of China. He has recently studied the relationship between child development, parenting styles, and growing inequality. He is the author (with Matthias Doepke) of  'Love, Money and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids,' first published by Princeton University Press in 2019 (paperback edition 2020). The book studies from an international and historical perspective how parenting choices change in the face of economic inequality. It was reviewed by several international media, among them, the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic, Wall Street International Magazine, The Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine, NZZ, Corriere della Sera, and Nikkei Shinbun. The book is translated in several languages including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Turkish.