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Full professor, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning

Born in Ferrara in 1961. Luigi Buzzacchi is full professor since 2000 at the Politecnico di Torino, where he teaches courses in urban economics and industrial organization. He also taught insurance economics and financial markets economics in various universities.
His research interests lie in the area of urban and regional economics, insurance and financial markets (in particular, contract theory, ownership structure, venture capital contracts, and innovation incentives), economics of risk and uncertainty, regulation and public policies, firm size distribution and spatial
competition, economics of professional sports. He has published and acts as referee for several leading economic journals.
He has worked as a consultant to Banca d’Italia, IVASS, and Consob.
His professional career outside of academia includes serving as independent director in financial institutions. He also served as an economic expert adviser on topics such as competition policy, litigation and arbitration cases in insurance, banking/financial law matters.

Research interests and activity:
Urban and regional economics
Firm size distribution and spatial competition
Economics of information and risk
Regulation and public policies
Economics of insurance and financial markets
Economics of professional sports

Selected Publications:
Luigi Buzzacchi; Giuseppe Scellato; Elisa Ughetto (2016)
Frequency of medical malpractice claims: the effects of volumes and specialties. In: Social Science and Medicine, 170, pp. 152-160Luigi Buzzacchi; Giuseppe Scellato; Elisa Ughetto (2015)
Investment stage drifts and venture capital managerial incentives. In: Journal of Corporate Finance, vol. 33, pp. 118-128
Luigi Buzzacchi; Gilberto Turati (2014)
Optimal risk allocation in the provision of local public services: can a private insurer be better than a federal relief fund? In: CESifo Economic Studies, vol. 60, 4, pp. 747-779
Luigi Buzzacchi; Stefano Pedrini (2014)
Does player specialization predict player actions? Evidence from penalty kicks at FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro Cup. In: Applied Economics, vol. 46, 10, pp. 1067-1080
Luigi Buzzacchi; Giuseppe Scellato; Elisa Ughetto (2013)
The investment strategies of publicly sponsored venture capital funds. In: Journal of Banking & Finance, vol. 37, 3, pp. 707-716
Luigi Buzzacchi; Giuseppe Scellato (2008)
Patent litigation insurance and R&D incentives. In: International Review of Law and Economics, vol. 28, pp. 272-286
Luigi Buzzacchi; Tommaso Valletti (2006)
Firm size distribution: Testing the independent submarkets model in the Italian motor insurance industry. In: International Journal of Industrial Organization, vol. 24, pp. 809-834
Luigi Buzzacchi; Tommaso Valletti (2005)
Strategic price discrimination in compulsory insurance markets. In: Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance.Theory, vol. 30, pp. 71-97
Luigi Buzzacchi; Tommaso Valletti (2004)
Firm size distribution in small samples. In: Bulletin of Economic Research, vol. 56, pp. 301-309
Luigi Buzzacchi; Stefan Szymanski; Tommaso Valletti (2003)
Equality of Opportunity and Equality of Outcome: Open Leagues, Closed Leagues, and Competitive Balance. In: Journal of Industry, Competition & Trade, vol. 3, pp. 167-186
Luigi Buzzacchi; Massimo G. Colombo (1996)
Business Groups and the Determinants of Corporate Ownership. In: Cambridge Journal of Economics, vol. 20, pp. 31-51
Luigi Buzzacchi; Massimo G. Colombo; Sergio Mariotti (1995)
Technological regimes and innovation in services: the case of the Italian banking industry. In: Research Policy, vol. 24, pp. 151-168
Francesco Brioschi; Luigi Buzzacchi; Massimo G. Colombo (1989)
Risk capital financing and the separation of ownership and control in business groups. In: Journal of Banking & Finance, vol. 13, pp. 747-772

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