In 2013, Francesco Pastore qualified as Full Professor of Economic Policy (national habilitation system) and as Associate Professor of Political Economy and Economic Statistics. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Economics at Università of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli" (formerly Seconda Università di Napoli). He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and a member of the executive board of the Italian Association of Comparative Economic Studies (AISSEC). He was the secretary of the Italian Association of Labor Economics (AIEL) from 2010 to 2016.

He gained a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Sussex, a Dottorato di Ricerca in Development Economics and Policy at the University of Naples "Federico II" and a Master of Science in Economics at Coripe (Piemonte), University of Turin.

He has acted as a consultant for several such organizations as, among others, European Commission, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, ILO, UNDP, UNESCO and World Bank. He was awarded research grants by EU-TSER, CERGE-EI and EERC.

His main research interests are in labor and education economics. He is also interested in development and transition economics. He has contributed extensively in several such fields as regional unemployment differentials, school-to-work transitions, labor market dynamics, gender discrimination, human capital investment, public employment services and passive as well as active labor market policy, labor market consequences of international trade and nonprofit organizations.

His scientific papers have been published in international (such as Journal of Economic Surveys; Economics of Education Review; Stata Journal; European Journal of Development Research; Social Indicators Research; Economics of Transition; Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics; Eastern European Economics; Post-Communist Economies; Empirica) in national journals (such as Economia Politica; Economia & Lavoro; Economia dei servizi; Scuola democratica; Studi Economici) and in edited books published by Palgrave MacMillan, Routledge, Springer Verlag.

In 2014, he has published a SpringerBrief book on: "The Youth Experience Gap. Explaining National Differences in the School-to-Work Transition".

He has co-edited three special issues of the International Journal of Manpower and two books for Physica Verlag.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2004.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11325

The wage effect of job-education vertical mismatch (i.e. overeducation) has only recently been investigated in the case of Ph.D. holders. The existing contributions rely on OLS estimates that allow measuring the average effect of being mismatched at the mean of the conditional wages distribution. This paper, instead, observes the heterogeneity...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11209
Sanghamitra Kanjilal-Bhaduri, Francesco Pastore

In this paper, we make an attempt to understand whether low labour market returns to education in India are responsible for low female work participation. The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) Employment Unemployment Survey (EUS) unit level data of India for the year 2011–12 is used to examine the relationship...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11165

We test for the signalling hypothesis versus human capital theory using the Wiles test (1974) in a country which has experienced a dramatic increase in the supply of skills. For this purpose, we construct a job match index based on the usefulness of the school-provided skills and the relevance of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10767
forthcoming in: Studies in Higher Education, 2018

This essay provides a comprehensive interpretative framework to understand the reasons why the school-to-work transition (SWT) is so slow and hard in Italy. The country is a typical example of the South European SWT regime, where the educational system is typically rigid and sequential, the labor market has been recently...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10673
Katie Meara, Francesco Pastore, Allan Webster

This study examines the gender wage gap between male and female workers in the US using a cross-section from the Current Population Survey (CPS) It shows that the extent of gender segregation by both industry and occupation is significantly greater than previously supposed. For the wage gap this creates problems...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10051
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2017, 45, 243-277

This paper contributes to the literature on overeducation by empirically investigating its effects on wages among Ph.D. holders. We analyze data collected in 2009 by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) through a large cross-sectional survey of Ph.D. recipients that allowed us observing their work placement few years after...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9660
Francesco Pastore, Sarosh Sattar, Nistha Sinha, Erwin R. Tiongson

Building on recent analyses that find a sizeable, overall gender wage gap in Azerbaijan's workforce, this paper uses data on young workers in their early years in the labor market to understand how gender wage gaps evolve over time, if at all. Using a unique database from a survey of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9244

This study analyses whether the role of religion for employment of married women in Europe has changed over time and along women's life cycles. Using information on 44'000 married European women from the World Values Survey 1981-2013, we find that in OECD-Europe there is little difference among women of any...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9230

This research note discusses the Euro crisis in Greece in light of the referendum of July the 5th. It lays out the social and political costs of a GREXIT, but also of a continuing austerity policy. It proposes a reform policy fostering growth in Greece and discusses the role of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9065
Francesco Pastore, Federica Roccisano

This letter provides new evidence on the extent of the inheritance of educational inequality in the eight developing countries (Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Iran, Kosovo, Mongolia, Nepal, Syria) where the ILO carried out the first wave of School-to-Work Transition survey. We observe different patterns of correlation between the level of intergenerational...