Emanuele Colonnelli

Emanuele Colonnelli is a PhD candidate in Economics at Stanford University.

His main research focuses on corporate finance and development economics, with a special interest in innovation and the constraints to firm productivity and growth. He is currently working on research projects in Brazil, Ghana, Uganda, and the U.S, he has research and work experience in several other countries including Bangladesh, Malawi, and India, and he is the recipient of a number of grants and awards. He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Siena, an MSc in Economics from Bocconi University, and he spent an academic year visiting Pembroke College, Oxford University. Prior to joining Stanford, he worked as a researcher at IGIER (Bocconi University) and as director and founder of a non-profit organisation.

Content by Emanuele Colonnelli
  • Project

    What do high-growth entrepreneurs in Africa want?

    This project will take advantage of a large dataset from VC4Africa containing information on start-ups, investors, and entrepreneur support organisations in Africa. The researchers will build this dataset out further with new survey data on the decision-making processes of entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to serve as the basis for planned field experiments to...

    3 Aug 2022 | Emanuele Colonnelli

  • Project

    Measuring and managing impact: A field experiment

    Investors and firms face uncertainty over how to measure and manage impact, an uncertainty that introduces severe challenges when trying to evaluate the growth of firms in low-income countries across both financial and impact metrics. This project aims to be a large-scale causal examination of impact management and measurement (IMM) practices in Low Income Countries (LICs)....

    3 Aug 2022 | Emanuele Colonnelli, Tanuja Kate

  • Project

    Corporate transparency and investment readiness

    Corporate transparency (the extent to which a firm’s actions are observable by outsiders) is thought to be a key success factor for SGBs around the world. A lack of corporate transparency prevents SGBs from accessing finance needed for growth. This project aims to (1) measure corporate transparency on a large scale and (2) examine the short- and long-term causal effects...

    3 Aug 2022 | Emanuele Colonnelli, Thomas Rauter

  • Blog post

    Corruption in construction

    The construction industry is the backbone of economic growth in many developing countries. Given the magnitude of funds that are funneled annually into infrastructure projects, scope for corruption and profiteering are high. Governments need greater tools to audit and monitor public spending and better manage public-private partnerships in the construction...

    1 Sep 2016 | Emanuele Colonnelli, Astrid Haas

  • Project

    Construction sector mapping survey

    Business corruption and inefficiencies in public procurement are pervasive in the economy, and this tends to be especially true for developing countries. Focusing primarily on the construction sector, crucial from a policy perspective, this project aims to study the potential frictions to the effectiveness of transparency and enforcement initiatives undertaken by the...

    31 Aug 2016 | Emanuele Colonnelli, Francisco Muñoz, Francesco Loiacono