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Francesco SARRACINO


Francesco SARRACINO has started to work as an economic researcher at STATEC on the 1st September 2012 as part of the project on the social economy in collaboration with the Department of Social Economy. Doctor in Economics from the University of Florence (IT), he specialized in social capital, the measurement of well-being and social economy. Before joining STATEC, Francesco was a post-doc researcher at CEPS/Instead. The project in which he is now involved, in collaboration with Eva Rueckert, aims to collect relevant statistical data useful for the description and the analysis of the social economy in Luxembourg.

Curriculum vitae

  • September 2012 to date : Researcher at STATEC (Luxembourg), associated researcher at the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research - Higher School of Economics (Russia) and at the GESIS Institute (Germany).
  • Feb. 2010 - Jan. 2012 : Marie Curie post-doctoral research fellow  - Ceps/Instead Luxembourg
  • Sept. - Dec. 2009 : European Commission fellowship as visiting researcher at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)  - Essex, Colchester, Great Britain
  • Feb. - Apr. 2009 / May - Jun. 2009 : European Commission fellowship as visiting researcher  - CEPS/INSTEAD research centre Differdange, Luxembourg
  • Apr. 2008 : Research assistant - Department of political economics of the Faculty of Economics – University of Siena (Italy)
  • Nov. 2006 Jun. 2007 : Research assistant – Department of economic sciences ”Marco Fanno” of the Faculty of Economics - University of Padova (Italy)
  • Jul. 2006 - Jul. 2007 : Research assistant - Department of economic sciences of the Faculty of Economics – University of Florence (Italy).

Honors

Jan. 2012 : Firenze University Press and City of Firenze Research Prize “Città di Firenze”, 2011. The prize consists in a peer-reviewed publication of the Ph.D. thesis.

Reviewing activity

Francesco Sarracino is a reviewer for the following journals: Journal of Socio-Economics, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Happiness Studies, Acta Sociologica, Rivista Italiana di Economia and the Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity.

Teaching experience

  • May 2013 : “Introduction to happiness economics.”, STATEC, Luxembourg, short training (3 hours).
  • June 2013 : “Scientific writing with LATEX2e.”, STATEC, Luxembourg, training (12 hours).
  • a.y. 2013: supervision of Master thesis dissertations:
    - Mr. Laurent Theis, University of Luxembourg, “Sustainability through well-being: why happy people adopt more environmentally sustainable behaviours”;
  • May 2011: “Happiness economics: how to shift from the well-having to the well-being society.”, Faculty of Economics, University of Siena (Italy), Module of the course of social economics (20 hours).

Relevant published articles

  • Bartolini, S. and Sarracino, F. (2018), Do people care about future generations? Derived preferences from happiness data, Ecological Economics, vol. 143, 253-275¶
  • Sarracino, F., Quality of life in Luxembourg: key results from the PIBien-être project, 2018 Sozialalmanach Schwéierpunkt: D’sozial Kohesioun um Spill?, 227-250, 2018.
  • Sarracino, F., “Richer in money, poorer in relationships and unhappy? Time-series comparisons of social capital and well-being in Luxembourg”. Social Indicators Research, 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0223-5;
  • Sarracino, F., “Determinants of subjective well-being in high and low income countries: do happiness equations differ across countries?”. Journal of Socio-Economics, 2013, Vol. 42, pp. 51 - 66, DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2012.11.006;
  • Bartolini S., Bilancini E. and Sarracino F., “Predicting the trend of well-being in Germany: how much do comparisons, adaptation and sociability matters”. Social Indicators Research, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0142-5;
  • Sarracino, F. “Money, sociability and happiness: are developed countries deemed to social erosion and unhappiness? Timeseries analysis of social capital and subjective well-being in western Europe, Australia, Canada and Japan”. Social IndicatorsResearch, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-011-9898-2;
  • Sarracino, F., “Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being trends: Evidence from 11 western European countries”. Journal of Socio-Economics, vol. 39, n. 4, August 2010;
  • Sarracino, F. and Mikucka, M. "Social capital in Europe from 1990 to 2012: trends and convergence". Social Indicators Research, 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-016-1255-z;
  • Peroni, C., Riillo, C. and Sarracino, F. "Entrepreneurship and immigration: evidence from GEM Luxembourg". Small Business Economics, 2016, 10.1007/s11187-016-9708-y;
  • Bartolini, S., Mikucka, M. and Sarracino, F. "Money, trust and happiness in Transition countries: evidence from time-series". Social Indicators Research, 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-015-1130-3;
  • Bartolini, S. and Sarracino, F. "The dark side of Chinese growth: declining social capital and well-being in times of economic boom". World Development, 2015, vol. 74, pp. 333 - 351;
  • Bartolini, S. and F. Sarracino. "Happy for how long? How social capital and GDP relate to happiness over time". Ecological Economics, 2014, vol. 108, pp. 242 - 256;
  • Bartolini, S., Bonatti, L. and Sarracino, F. "The great recession and the bulimia of U.S. consumers: deep causes and possible ways out". Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2014, vol. 38, n. 5, pp. 1015 - 1042;

Book chapters

  • Bartolini S., Sarracino F. and Bilancini E. “Social capital predicts happiness: worldwide evidence from time series”, in Stefano Bartolini, L. Bruni and P. Porta (eds.) Policies for Happiness, Oxford University Press, forthcoming;
  • Sarracino F. and Bartolini S. “Are stressful jobs the price to pay for economic prosperity?”, in F. Sarracino, ed., “The happiness compass: theories, actions and perspectives for well-being”, Nova Science Publishers, forthcoming;
  • Sarracino F. “Fiducia, partecipazione, senso civico: la felicit`a al di l`a del denaro”, in F.Sarracino and Mondo Comunit`a e Famiglia, Miniguida ad un’economia felice, chapter 6, Editrice Monti, Saronno (VA), Italy, 2013;
  • Sarracino F. “The sad science turns happy! Social capital, economic growth and wellbeing”, in C. Douglas Johnson, editor, Social capital: theory, measurement and outcomes, chapter 13, Nova Science Publishers, 2012.
  • Mikucka, M. and Sarracino, F. "Trends of social capital in 30 European countries: measuring changes in social capital across countries between 1990 and 2008", in F. Sarracino and M. Mikucka, editors, Beyond Money: social roots of health and well-being, chapter 12, Nova Science Publishers, 2014.
  • The publication year of “Social capital predicts happiness: worldwide evidence from time series” is 2016.

Books

  • Sarracino F. “Social capital, economic growth and well-being”, Premio Ricerca “Città di Firenze”, Firenze University Press, e-ISBN: 978-88-6655-277-2, 2012;
  • Sarracino F. “The happiness compass: theories, actions and perspectives for well-being”, Nova Science Publishers, forthcoming;

Encyclopaedic items

  • "Easterlin paradox" in: Frederick F. Wherry & Juliet B. Schor (Eds.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. SAGE Publications Inc., Thousand Oaks, 2015.

Working papers

  • Sarracino, F. and Riillo, C. “Why are some Luxembourgian more protectionists than others?”, STATEC working papers series, forthcoming.
  • Sarracino, F. “Economic growth and social capital: happily together ever after?”. CEPS/Instead Working Papers n. 2011-52, 2011.
  • Sarracino, F. “Income imputation in EVS data-set on Luxembourg for 1999 and 2008”. CEPS/Instead Working Papers n. 2011-05, 2011.
  • Sarracino, F. “Explaining famines: a critical review of main approaches and further causal factors”. NAF International Working Paper serie, n. 10/02, 2010.
  • Bartolini, S., E. Bilancini and F. Sarracino. “Social Capital Predicts Happiness: World-Wide Evidence from Time-Series”. University of Siena, Dipartimento di Economia Politica, Working paper n. 579, October 2009.
  • Sabatini, F., and Sarracino, F. "Keeping up with the e-Joneses: Do online social networks raise social comparisons?", MPRA paper, 2016.
  • Sarracino, F. and Gosset, A. "Non-economic outcomes of social entrepreneurship in Luxembourg", MPRA paper, 2016.
  • Sarracino, F. and Mikucka, M. "Estimation bias due to duplicated observations: a Monte Carlo simulation", MPRA paper, 2016.

Short  papers

  • Sarracino, F. “How satisfied are you? Monitoring well-being and governance in Luxembourg”, forthcoming.
  • Sarracino, F. “Social capital, economic growth and well-being”. Les Cahiers du CEPS/Instead, n.2010-25, 2010;
  • Sarracino, F. “2008: a crisis odissey”. Forum fur Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur in Luxemburg, n. 295, April 2010.

Recent conferences

  • V International Conference on Cultural and Economic Changes Under Cross-National Perspective, 16 - 20 November 2015, Moscow, Russia. Title of the presentation: “Explaining Russian exception: containing income inequality promotes life satisfaction”.
  • Third Luxembourg Workshop on Household Finance and Consumption, 25-26 June 2015, Banque Centrale du Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Title of the presentation: “Making economic growth and well-being compatible: the role of income inequality and trust in others for well-being”.
  • Sixth conference of the European Survey Research Association, 13 - 17 July 2015, Reykjavik, Iceland. Title of the presentations: “Measuring subjective well-being: do the use of web-surveys affect the results?”,  “Happiness matters: the role of well-being in productivity”.
  • Fifth International EMES conference: Building a scientific field to foster the social-enterprise ecosystem, 30 June - 3 July 2015, Helsinky, Finland. Title of the presentations: “Non-economic outcomes of social enterprises in Luxembourg”,  “The state of social economy in Luxembourg”.
  • WAPOR 2015 Regional Conference, 7 - 9 March 2015, Doha, Qatar. Title of the presentation: “The recipe for durable happiness: increasing social trust and decreasing income inequality”.
  • XV International Conference on Economic and Social Development, 7 - 10 April 2015, Moscow, Russia. Title of the presentation: “The relational component  of people's well-being  at the roots of the 2008 economic crisis”.
  • XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology Facing an Unequal World, 13 - 19 July 2014, Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan. Title of the presentations: “Happy for how long? How social capital and GDP relate to happiness over time” and “What was all that growth for? Explaining Chinese decreasing well-being in times of economic growth”.
  • Second Luxembourg Workshop on Household Finance and Consumption, 20 June 2014, Banque Centrale du Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Title of the presentation: “Happiness matters: a test of the role of well-being in productivity”.
  • Second International Well-Being and Public Policy Conference, 10 - 12 June 2014, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York. Title of the presentations: “The great recession and the bulimia of U.S. consumers”,  “Happy for how long? How social capital and GDP relate to happiness over time” and “Do people care for a sustainable future? Evidence from happiness data”.
  • The Polish Panel Survey POLPAN 1988 - 2013, 19 - 21 March 2014, Narodowe Centrum Nauki, Warsaw, Poland. Title of the presentations: “The political engagement of the unemployed” and “A 'like' a day keeps the doctor away: social networking and health using POLPAN 2008 and 2013 panel data”.
  • Long-term trends in Quality of Life, 12 - 13 September 2013, International Sociological Association and The Netherlands Institute for Social Research, The Hague, Netherlands. Title of the presentation: “What was all that growth for? Explaining Chinese decreasing well-being in times of economic growth”;  and “Happy for how long? How social capital and GDP relate to happiness over time”
  • 1st National Conference “Qualità della vita: territorio e popolazioni”, 29 - 31 July 2013, Associazione Italiana per gli Studi sulla Qualità della Vita, Firenze, Italy. Title of the presentation: “Economic growth and social capital: happily together ever after?”
  • Economics for a Better World 2013 OECD-Universities Joint Conference, 3 - 5 July 2013, OECD Headquarters, Paris. Title of the presentation: “Economic growth and social capital: happily together ever after?”
  • Household finance and consumption workshop, 26 June 2013, Banque Centrale du Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Title of the presentation: “Happy for how long? How social capital and GDP relate to happiness over time”
  • 5th Joint IOS/APB/EACES Summer Academy on Central and Eastern Europe “Subjective well-being: determinants, puzzles, implications”, 19 – 21 June 2013, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing, Germany. Title of the presentation: “The dark side of Chinese growth”
  • International Conference on “Public happiness”, 4 – 5 June 2013, St. Thomas Aquinas University, Rome, Italy. Title of the presentation: “The dark side of Chinese growth”
  • 3rd LCSR International Workshop, 26 – 30 April 2013, Oktiabrskaya Hotel, St. Petersburg, Russia. Title of the presentation: “What was all that growth for? Explaining Chinese decreasing well-being in times of economic growth”

Invited speaker

  • “Estimation error due to duplicated observations: a Monte Carlo simulation”, 20th of April 2016,  , keynote speech at 6th LCSR International Workshop: "Trust, social capital and values in a comparative perspective", Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.
  • "Shut down Facebook and be happy!", 13th of February 2015, invited speaker at EUROSTAT General Assembly 2015, EUROSTAT, Luxembourg.
  • "For a socially sustainable economic system", 17th of January 2015, invited speaker at the conference: "Tuscany: A Global Laboratory for Quality of Life", Regione Toscana, Firenze, Italy.
  • "Making economic growth and well-being compatible: the role of social capital and income inequality", 9-10th of October 2014, invited speaker at the workshop: "Public goods through private eyes", University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland.
  • "2008 Economic crisis and well-being in Europe", 29th of September 2014, invited speaker at the International Conference: "Personality traits and subjective well-being in the life course", Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy.
  • "For a socially sustainable economic system", 30th of March 2014, keynote speech at the 4th International Annual Research Conference: "Social and cultural changes in cross-national perspective: values and modernization", Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.
  • "All that glitters ain't gold! A beyond GDP strategy for well-being", 15th of November 2013, keynote speech at the 3rd International Annual Research Conference: "Cultural and economic changes under cross-national perspective", Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.   

Affiliation

STATEC Research
E-mail: francesco.sarracino(at)statec.etat.lu
Phone: (+352) 247-88469
Room: HoE 120
Office: House of Entrepreneurship
14, rue Erasme
L-1468 Luxembourg-Kirchberg