Roberto Bonfatti

Roberto joined the University of Nottingham’s School of Economics in September 2012 as a Lecturer in Economics. Before that, he was a Junior Research Fellow (post-doc) in Economics at St John’s College, Oxford, and a member of the Oxford Center for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCARRE). He holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics (2010), and BSc in Economics and Finance from Bocconi University.

Content by Roberto Bonfatti
  • Blog post

    Roads to trade: Connecting mines versus cities in West Africa

    A recent project aims to decipher what kind of transport infrastructure West African countries need most to generate economic growth. The relative gains of prioritising internal market potential (cities) versus the export of natural resources (mines to ports) are calculated through a counterfactual comparative analysis with actual road and track building that took place...

    11 Sep 2017 | Steven Poelhekke, Roberto Bonfatti

  • Publication - Project Report

    Roads to trade: The welfare effects of connecting mines versus cities

    27 Jun 2017 | Roberto Bonfatti, Steven Poelhekke

  • Project

    Roads to trade: The welfare effects of connecting mines versus cities

    Should African countries build more transport infrastructure to export natural resources to overseas markets, or should they focus on improving internal and regional connectivity between cities? This is an important question, with no easy answer. On the one hand, Africa has a comparative advantage in primary commodities, and the first strategy may best serve her trade....

    16 Dec 2015 | Steven Poelhekke, Roberto Bonfatti