Paola Profeta is Associate Professor of Public Economics at Bocconi University, coordinator of the Dondena Gender Initiative at the Dondena Research Center for Social Dynamics and Public Policy, research affiliate of CESifo and CHILD and scientific advisor of Unicredit and Universities Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She is associate editor of European Journal of Political Economy and CESifo Economic Studies. Her research focuses on public economics, political economics and gender economics. She has published in leading academic journals, among which Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Journal and she has written several international books. She writes editorials in Il Sole 24 Ore and collaborates with Corriere della Sera and blog La 27esima Ora.