Contact Information:
Via Guglielmo Röntgen, 1
20136 Milan, Italy

Hi, I am Yannick; welcome to my website. Currently, I am a PhD student at the European University Institute in Florence under the supervision of Andrea Ichino and Alex Monge-Naranjo. I am also working as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Bocconi University.

My research interests are mainly in labor economics and the economics of education, focusing on social mobility and inequality.

Find my CV here.

Working Papers

Grants vs. Loans: the Role of Financial Aid in College Major Choice  (Draft)
(w. Adriano De Falco), Revisions Requested at The Economic Journal

Abstract: Using administrative data from Chile, we analyze whether financing higher education through student loans or grants affects the college major choices of prospective university students. We exploit institutional arrangements that allocate either type of financing based on a standardized test to locally identify exogenous variation in access. Students who are marginally eligible for grants are more likely to enroll in STEM-related fields. We provide evidence that this effect is driven by grants acting as an insurance mechanism against uncertainty about degree completion. To do so, we rely on information from past graduates to characterize narrowly defined programs based on dropout rates, time to degree completion, and associated labor market outcomes and estimate a discrete choice model. Students with access to grants value characteristics related to uncertainty about degree completion less negatively than those with student loans.

Are Risk Preferences Shaped By Status Concerns? (Draft)
(w. Dietmar Fehr)

Abstract: We embed an experiment in a large-scale representative survey to investigate the impact of status concerns on the willingness to take risks. While we show that concerns about relative standing in the wealth distribution motivate risk-taking, our results contest the common prediction of higher risk-taking in the middle of the distribution. Instead, we find that respondents who are induced to perceive their relative wealth as low display more tolerance towards risk in a subsequent incentivized lottery task. This effect is not uniform but is mainly driven by individuals who more firmly believe that life outcomes are beyond their control.

Work in Progress

Labor Market Dynamics and the Distributional Impact of Price Shocks (Draft coming soon)

Abstract: This paper examines the distributional effects of energy price shocks with a focus on labor market dynamics. Relying on 20 years of German employer-employee data and a household consumption panel, I use regional differences in energy expenditure patterns to identify the pass-through of price shocks into earnings. Income adjustments partially offset the cost increases from energy price shocks, covering over 85% of additional costs over five years. Job switchers fully recover these costs, while stayers recover around 20%. The empirical results suggest that endogenous labor supply responses are a significant factor in understanding the welfare consequences of price shocks more broadly.