Dr Alessandro Cusimano

Lecturer in Economics

Email address: a.cusimano@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323919 Location: Arthur Storer Building (MN) Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences School/Institute: University of Wolverhampton Business School Areas of expertise: Microeconomics, programme evaluation, economic policy and regional economics


I am a Lecturer in Economics and Course Leader for the modules of Microeconomic Principles and Microeconomic Theory and Policy. I joined the University of Wolverhampton in September 2017. I previously worked as Teaching Associate in Economics at Lancaster University and Teaching Assistant at University of Kent.

My research focuses on the impact evaluation of public policies. In particular, I am interested in the analysis of local and regional development programmes as well as in the empirical methodologies applied in policy evaluation. My primary research fields are Program Evaluation, Economic Policy and Regional Economics.

Research interests

  • Program evaluation
  • Economic Policy
  • Regional and Spatial Economics

Membership of professional bodies

  • Associate Fellow of the HE Academy
  • Member of ERSA (European Regional Science Association)
  • Member of AISRe (Associazione Italiana di Scienze regionali)


  • PhD in Economics (University of Kent)
  • MA in Economics and Finance (University of Naples "Federico II")
  • MA in Economics and Finance (University of Palermo)
  • BA in Economics and Finance (University of Palermo)


Cusimano, A., Mazzola, F., Barde, S. (2016), Unʼanalisi controfattuale degli incentivi agli investimenti infrastrutturali per lo sviluppo locale: il caso dei PIT, in: Mazzola F. and Nisticò R. (2016 eds.), Le regioni europee. Politiche per la coesione e strategie per la competitività. FrancoAngeli, 129-142.

Cusimano A., Barde S., Mazzola F. (2015), Selection bias, incentivi alle imprese e sviluppo locale: una valutazione ex-post, in: Scienze Regionali, Italian Journal of Regional Science. FrancoAngeli, vol.14: 103-128.

Cusimano A., Mazzola F. (2014), Valutazione ex-post dei progetti integrati territoriali: un’analisi empirica a livello di impresa, in: Mazzola F., D. Musolino, and V. Provenzano (2014, eds.), Reti, nuovi settori e sostenibilità. Prospettive per l’analisi e le politiche regionali. FrancoAngeli, 371-396.

Works in progress:

Cusimano A., Barde S., Mazzola F. "A comparison of dose-response functions in the evaluation of local development programs".

Cusimano A., Leon Ledesma M., Roland D., "Misallocation and access to finance: a multi-valued treatment approach".

Mazzola F., Cusimano A., Di Giacomo G., Epifanio R., "Local success factors in public-private partnerships: an empirical analysis for Italian municipalities".

Further information

Teaching interests

  • Microeconomics
  • Policy evaluation methods
  • Public Economics

External academic roles

External reviewer for the journal "Scienze Regionali: Italian Journal of Regional Science".