Francesco is a PhD student in Historical Studies at the University of Florence and Siena. He obtained a BA and an MA in Historical Sciences (Economic History) at the University of Florence (Faculty of Humanities). His research interests are the role of technology in modern economic growth and demographic long-trend in history, referring to the 19th and 20th centuries. He is currently researching the relationship between technology and labour, with a specific focus on the Italian case (1861-2011). Other fields of interest are labour history, history of capitalism and history of economic thought.