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I am a final-year student in the Ph.D. in Economics degree at the University of Oxford and a lecturer in Economics at the University of Oxford. During my doctoral studies, I have also been a visiting research fellow at both Harvard University and at the European University Institute. My research interests lie in the fields of political economy and econometrics, with a focus on social and economic development. In my academic work, I study the econometric impact of voting rights’ policies across different aspects of American politics, and the effect that these policies have in reducing disparities in the level of development between regions and states. One of my papers is currently in the last step before publication at the Journal of Political Economy, while a second paper is published in the Oxford Economic and Social History series. My interests expand beyond academia, and I have experience working and conducting research for many international organizations, including Lendable, Goldman Sachs, the Bank of England, the Economic Commission of the United Nations, Deloitte, Confindustria, and Banca Generali. Before the Ph.D., I completed the M.Phil. in Economics at the University of Oxford, and the B.Sc. in Econometrics at the University of Nottingham, graduating first out of 350 students.

My research

My doctoral thesis is titled “The Econometric Effects of the Voting Rights Act“. Written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Economics at the University of Oxford, it is comprised of four chapters sharing a unified interest for the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. Since its passage, the VRA marked a watershed moment in the plight for equal freedom, civil, and voting rights of African Americans. In the most discriminatory and disenfranchised counties in the U.S. South, it facilitated the registration of African Americans by supplanting the authority of local registrars. Across the chapters of the thesis, different aspects of the Act are analyzed, and these vary from ethnic disorders to voter registration, from elected officials to electoral rules, party support, and spending on public goods.

Bernini, A. (2020). The Voice of Radio in the Battle for Equal Rights: Evidence from the U.S. South. Oxford Economic and Social History, Number 181, University of Oxford.

Bernini, A., G. Facchini, and C. Testa (2020). Race, Representation and Local Governments in the U.S. South: the Effect of the Voting Rights Act. Journal of Political Economy (R&R).

Bernini, A., G. Facchini, and C. Testa (2020). A Quarter Century of the Voting Rights Act: Black Office Holding in County Governments in the U.S. South.

Bernini, A., G. Facchini, and C. Testa (2020). The Impact of the Voting Rights Act on Political Mobilization and Counter-Mobilization.

Bernini, A., and O. J. de Groot (2019). Trade and Income Distribution in Mexico.

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