Prof. Rico Maggi
Director of the Institute for Economic Research

Responsible of the Observatory for Public Finance and Energy

Prof. Rico Maggi (1951) is full professor at Università della Svizzera italiana and has been Dean of the Faculty of Economics from 2009 until 2013. He is also honorary professor at University of Zürich. He teaches Microeconomics and Economics of Tourism at the University of Lugano. Prof. Rico Maggi is Director of the Istituto di Ricerche Economiche (IRE) where his research interests focuses on transport, tourism, urban and regional development. He is president of the Swiss Association for Transport Research and was member of the board of the Swiss National Science Foundation and of the Marcel Benoist’s Foundation. Prof. Rico Maggi is author of many articles published in international academic journals. He serves regularly as referee for international academic journals. His last books are “Verkehrt – Plädoyer für eine nachhaltige Verkehrspolitik“ (2010, Avenir Suisse) and “Zurigo Lugano Milano“ (2016, Armando Dadò editore).

Prof. Raphaël Parchet
Raphaël Parchet is senior assistant professor with tenure track in microeconomics at the Institute for Economic Research (IRE) and the Institute of Economics (IdEP). He joined the Università della Svizzera italiana in 2013 after one year of post-doctoral research at the University of Basel and the University of Lausanne. Raphaël Parchet got is PhD in Economics at the University of Lausanne in 2012. His main research interests are in public finance, fiscal federalism, regional and urban economics. His papers on tax competition won different international awards.

Alessandra Motz
Alessandra Motz is post-doc researcher at the Institute for Economic Research (IRE), and Project Manager for the energy branch of the Observatory for Public Finance and Energy (O-FPE). Her research interests lie in demand-side analyses of energy consumptions, as well as in the transition to a low-carbon economy for Switzerland in light of the evolution of the European energy market.

Alessandra holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Pisa (2005), a Master Degree in Economics and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions from Bocconi University, (Milan, 2008) and a Diploma and Master Diploma in Economics from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, 2007 and 2009). In 2015 she successfully completed the Microeconomics and Econometrics sequences at the Study Center Gerzensee, and in 2021 she was awarded the Ph.D in economics at USI with a thesis concerning the preferences of Swiss consumers for the sustainability, affordability, and reliability of their electricity supply. Before joining the IRE, Alessandra worked for six years as a researcher and consultant at REF-E (Milan), providing specialized services to companies and institutions dealing with energy markets, and focussing on the dynamics and regulation of wholesale markets for gas in Italy and in Europe.

Main research interests: wholesale energy markets, energy transition, consumer behaviour (households and firms), discrete choice modelling, attitudinal determinants of individual behaviour.


Davide Arioldi

Davide Arioldi is post-doc researcher at the Institute of Economic Research (IRE). He graduated at the University Cattolica del S. Cuore in Milan and received his PhD in Economics from USI in 2018 with a thesis about international trade. He previously worked as quantitative analyst and portfolio manager in investment firms. He is responsible for economic forecasting and nowcasting at the Observatory for Economic Dynamics (O-De) and PanenlCODE ( From February 2018, he is also taking part to the Observatory for Public Finance and Energy (O-FPE), where he developed a forecasting model for fiscal revenue and provides comparative studies on regional government (Cantons) public finance.

He’s currently working on: Bayesian Neural Network, Probabilistic Programming, Causal structure learning with Probabilistic Graphical Model, text analysis.

He developed competence on international trade, consumer behavior, productivity-wage gap, bargaining theory, firm production, network analysis.