The 2021 grants for research projects have been awarded to:

Principal Investigator: Michela Boldrini (Università degli Studi di Torino)
Project title: “Taming Tech Giants’ Algorithms: What Do Consumers Know (and Want)? An Analysis of the Amazon Buy-Box Case
Team members: Francesco Clavorà Braulin (ZEW Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research)

Principal Investigator: Eloisa Campioni (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”)
Project title: “Private Disclosures and Competing Mechanism Games
Team members: Andrea Attar (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, TSE), Thomas Mariotti (CNRS, Université Toulouse 1) and Alessandro Pavan (Northwestern University)

Principal Investigator: Manoel Gehrke (Università Bocconi)
Project title: “Local Politics and Environmental Degradation: Identifying the Effects of Elected Office on Deforestation in Brazil
Team members: César Martínez Alvarez (University of California, Los Angeles)

Principal Investigator: Giacomo Plevani (Università degli Studi di Torino, Collegio Carlo Alberto)
Project title: “Intergenerational Mobility in Urban Environments
Team members: individual research

Principal Investigator: Maddalena Ronchi (Università Bocconi)
Project title: “From Minority to Majority: How Gender Diversity Affects the Quality of Decisions
Team members: Viola Salvestrini (Queen Mary University of London)

For transparency, the details of the original call for papers are reported below.

EIEF funds research projects in economics and finance to foster high-quality and policy-relevant research in Italy.

Project content and characteristics
Projects can be in any field of economics and finance, provided they are:
- highly innovative and able to advance the understanding of economic behaviour, systems or policies;
- potentially able to yield at least one paper publishable in a top academic journal;
- carried out by an individual researcher based in an Italian institution or a team of researchers whose principal investigator satisfies the same criterion.

Preference will be given to projects whose principal investigator is under the age of 40, whose research team does not include people who have obtained EIEF grants in the past 5 years and do not have other sources of funding, for the proposed project itself or for related ones.

Neither EIEF Faculty members nor other researchers under contract with EIEF are allowed to participate in this call.

Project duration and funding
- the duration of each project is 1 year from the official communication of the award; the funds for each project amount up to EUR 10,000 and will be paid in two tranches of 50% each (unless agreed upon differently before the signing of the contract). 50% of the grant is paid upon approval and the remaining 50% upon completion and submission of the final project to the EIEF Grants Committee.

Research proposal must be written in English. To apply fill in the online form, and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than March 19, 2021. Each proposal must contain:
- clear motivation and description of the research question and strategy;
- timeline of the project;
- financial plan, clearly identifying the financial needs;
- allocation of tasks among the participants (if there is more than one);
- a brief CV of each participant in the project, including information on all research funds currently available to all the members of the research team (specifying the projects for which the funds have been granted).

A committee appointed by EIEF will select 4 projects to be awarded, though this number may vary depending on the quality and quantity of the applications received. The main criterion for selection is the quality of the project, together with an assessment of its feasibility by the proponent team.

The committee decisions will be made available on EIEF’s web page.

Intellectual property rights will be transferred to EIEF upon acceptance of the grant.

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