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Mattia Fochesato

I am an economic Historian at the Department of Social and Political Science, Bocconi University and research affiliate at the Dondena Center and BIDSA. My research focuses on the long run determinants of income and wealth distribution across different world regions.

I am currently working a project on the long run effect of population changes on work relations and income distribution in late medieval and early modern Europe and Middle East.

I am currently also collaborating with international leading archeologists on a project on the global history of wealth inequality, where we investigate the technological and institutional drivers of wealth distribution in ancient times.

Mattia Fochesato


Alfani, G., Bonetti, M. and M. Fochesato, 2023, “Pandemics and socio-economic status. Evidence from the plague of 1630 in northern Italy”, Population Studies (forthcoming)

Fochesato, M., Higham, C., Castillo, C. and A. Bogaard, 2021, “Changing Social Inequality From First Farmers to Early States in Southeast Asia”, PNAS, 118 (47),

Fochesato, M., 2021, “Plagues, wars, political change and fiscal capacity. Late medieval and renaissance Siena, 1337-1556. Economic History Review, 74:4, p. 1031-1061.

Fochesato, M., Bogaard, A. and S. Bowles, S., 2019, “Comparing ancient inequalities: the challenge of comparability, bias, and precision.” Antiquity, 93:370, p. 853-869.

Bogaard, A., Fochesato, M. and S. Bowles, S., 2019, “The farming-inequality nexus: new methods and evidence from western Eurasia.” Antiquity, 93:371, p. 1129-1143.

Fochesato, M., 2018, “Origins of Europe’s North-South Divide: Population Changes, Real Wages and the ‘Little Divergence’ in Early Modern Europe”, Explorations in Economic History, 70, p. 91-131.

Kohler. T., Smith, M., Bogaard, A., Feinman, G.,Peterson, C., Betzenhauser, A., Pailes, M., Elizabeth C. Stone, E., Prentiss, M., Dennehy, T., Ellyson, L., Nicholas, L., Ronald K. Faulseit, R., Styring, A., Whitlam, J., Fochesato, M., Foor, F. and Bowles, S.,  “Greater Post-Neolithic Wealth Disparities in Eurasia than Americas”, 2017, Nature,

Fochesato, M. and Bowles, S., 2015, “Nordic Exceptionalism? Social democratic egalitarianism in world historic perspective.” Journal of Public Economics, 127, 30-44.