Silvia Marchesi is Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Milano Bicocca, Italy. She holds a doctoral degree from Warwick University (UK) (2001). Prior to taking up her current position, she was a lecturer at the University of Siena, a post doc researcher at the University of Florence and research associate at Warwick University. She has been visiting professor at the Financial Market Group (FMG), London School of Economics; at Goettingen and Heidelberg University; at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR), Warwick University and at Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) in Rome. Most of her research is on international finance and development economics.