Luca Maria Pesando

Office Address: 

249 McNeil


  • Global Family Change: Persistent Diversity with Development, authored by Luca Maria Pesando, Andrés Castro, Hans-Peter Kohler, Frank Furstenberg and other international collaborators, was posted today in the PSC Working Paper Series. Read the abstract and paper here.

  • Global Family Change

    A few weeks ago Hans-Peter Kohler (PI) and Frank Furstenberg (Co-PI) embarked on a journey to better understand the complex ways in which families are changing across the world. Global Family Change (GFC) is an NSF funded project that will explore how families change on a global scale and will build a wealth of data to share. If you weren't able to make it to Luca Maria Pesando's, talk "Global Family Change: The Reshaping of Society's Most Fundamental Institution with Development" last week you are in luck! The presentation, followed by a lively discussion, is now available on our Youtube channel.

  • Hans-Peter Kohler and Frank Furstenberg were recently awarded funds from the National Science Foundation for the Global Family Change Project. The project has collaborators at Oxford University, Bocconi University, and the Autonomous University of Barcelona and includes Penn GGD students Luca Maria Pesando & Andrés Felipe Castro Torres, and new PSC associate Pilar Gonalons-Pons. Read more about the project in the Penn Current.

Ph.D. Candidate, Demography & Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

MA, Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
MSc, Economics & Social Sciences, Bocconi University, 2012
BA, Economics & Social Sciences,Bocconi University, 2010

Entered Program: 
Dissertation Chair: 
Hans-Peter Kohler
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Jere R. Behrman

Luca holds a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan. His main research interests span the disciplines of demography, economics of education and policy evaluation methods. Among these, he is interested in studying issues of family poverty and inequality, intergenerational transfers, fertility dynamics, and interactions between life-cycle events and the education process.

Prior to entering the program, he worked as Research Assistant at Bocconi University on a randomized experiment on financial literacy in high schools. He then moved to the University of Oxford, working on the design and launch of a collaborative blog on global population issues named and collaborating with the “Young Lives” International Study of Childhood Poverty, as he would like to use Young Lives data as a starting point for his doctoral research. Finally, he worked with JPAL/IPA in Zambia and he was a member of the Social Cohesion Unit at the OECD Development Centre in Paris. 

Recent Paper:
PESANDO, L. (2018). Childlessness and upward intergenerational support: Cross-national evidence from 11 European countries. Ageing and Society, 1-36.