Marco is a PhD researcher in Economic History at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa. He holds a BSc from the University of Pisa and a MSc in Economics from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. He is currently researching on literacy and social mobility in the period that set the premises of the Italian unification (1815-1861), and on the implications of this period for the persistent Italian North-South divides. He is also interested in how education divides related with innovation-led growth after the unification. His other interests include aid and state formation in contemporary Italy and ancient Greece, archaeology and Greek epigraphy, and philosophy of the social sciences.