An economist at the Bank of Italy's Structural Economic Analysis Department, he was a member of the Commission on Social Exclusion and chaired the ISTAT commission that revised the methodology for estimating absolute poverty. He is Chairman of the board of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW), member of the board of ECINEQ, a fellow of HDCA and CHILD, and a policy fellow of IZA. He is co-editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality and sits on the editorial committee of the Review of Income and Wealth. He received the Aldi J. M. Hagennars LIS Memorial Award. His research activity focuses primarily on the distribution of income and wealth, poverty and social exclusion. He has published articles in Italian and international scientific reviews and recently edited the books: Povertà e benessere. Una geografia delle disuguaglianze in Italia (with C. Saraceno), Il Mulino (2007) and Dimensioni della disuguaglianza in Italia: povertà, salute, abitazione (with C. Saraceno and A. Schizzerotto), il Mulino (2009).