Leandro Elia is Research Economist at the European Commission, Directorate General Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Varese, Italy. He works for the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation (CC-ME). He received a PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Calabria in 2009 and a MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2007. His research interests broadly fall into two categories: Labour Economics and Political Economy. His work is largely based on data analysis and applies rigorous econometric methods for identifying causal relationships. He uses both micro- and macro-econometric approaches to address research questions and he works with large-N longitudinal micro-data as well as cross-country/time-series database. He has published on a range of topics, including informal labour, temporary jobs, migration, international trade and investment in security, civil wars and peacekeeping.