Dr Vito Polito

Department of Economics

Reader in Economics

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Dr Vito Polito
Department of Economics
Room 504
9 Mappin Street
S1 4DT

Vito joined the University of Sheffield as Reader in Macroeconomics in January 2018. Previously he held posts as Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow (York, 2006-2008), Lecturer (Cardiff, 2008-2013) and Senior Lecturer (Bath, 2013 – 2017).

He gained a PhD in Economics in 2009 at the University of York with a thesis on Vector Autoregressive Analysis of Macroeconomic Policy.

Between 2002 and 2007 he was specialist tax consultant for a project on the cross-country comparison of the Italian corporate tax system sponsored by a grant from the Italian Ministry of Finance. Vito is author of the Macroeconomics Study Guide of the LSE International Programme.

Research interests

Quantitative macroeconomics, in particular applications of control theory within reduced-form (VAR) and structural (Dynamic General Equilibrium) models to study macroeconomic policy.

Specific research topics include:

  • Fiscal policy sustainability
  • optimal monetary policy
  • sovereign credit risk
  • unemployment and social insurance
  • optimal macroeconomic policy in heteroskedastic models.

Vito is willing to supervise students interested in quantitative macroeconomics and its intersections with private and public finance, using either VAR, DSGE or OLG models.

Specific areas of research he would supervise include:

  • analysis of time-varying volatility models
  • monetary and fiscal policy
  • sovereign credit risk
  • unemployment insurance
  • ageing and public finances sustainability.

Journal articles

Working papers

  • Polito V (2020) Nonlinear Business Cycle and Optimal Policy: A VSTAR Perspective. CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Working Paper No. 8060. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Polito V (2017) Job Search, Unemployment Protection and Informal Work in Advanced Economies. CESifo Working Papers, 6763 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Long I & Polito V () Unemployment, Crime and Social Insurance. SSRN Electronic Journal. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities
  • ECN302: Advanced Macroeconomics
  • ECN6620: International Money and Finance