Lorenzo Sileci

Former Research Student, LSE

Lorenzo Sileci

Lorenzo is finalising a paper on the consequences of the REDD+ agreement between Norway and Indonesia: Has the 2011 Moratorium on oil palm, timber and logging Concessions been effective in slowing down deforestation in Indonesia? (with Prof. Ben Groom and Prof. Charles Palmer). He is a recipient of a LSE South East Asia £5,000 research grant and presented at the 2018 BIOECON Conference in Cambridge, UK.

Lorenzo is continuing research collaboration with Prof. Ben Groom and Dr. Elisa Cavatorta (King’s College, Department of Political Economy) on an experimental analysis of time and risk preferences and political beliefs in Palestinian villages. Part of the work was carried out at LSE’s Middle East Centre.

He is preparing the analytical framework for a paper on oil discovery, corruption and missed opportunities for growth in Basilicata, Italy.

Lorenzo is also preparing the analytical framework for a paper on the implication of propaganda on electoral outcomes in Italy. How did propaganda on environmental and migratory themes influence the rise of the Five Star Movement and the Northern League?


  • (2014) BSc Economics and Trade, University of Florence, Italy: Thesis on the empirical analysis of the Porter Hypothesis of Induced Innovation in OECD countries. Final mark 110/110 cum laude.
  • (2015) Postgraduate Exchange Coursework at the University of Sydney, Australia: Environmental Economics and Mathematics for Economic Applications.
  • (2016-2017) MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change (Distinction) at LSE. Thesis on the 2011 Moratorium on oil palm, timber and logging concessions in Indonesia was the basis for current research work.
  • (2017-2018) Research Assistant at GRI (supervised by Dr. Misato Sato), at LSE’s Department of Geography and the Environment (Prof. Ben Groom and Prof. Charles Palmer) and at the LSE’s Middle East Centre (Prof. Ben Groom and Dr. Elisa Cavatorta)


Research Interests

  • Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources
  • Economics of Corruption
  • Green Growth and Institutions
  • Green Growth and Inequality
  • Political Economy and Social Media
  • Quasi-Experimental Designs