Daniele Rinaldo

Economist, Pianist

Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge

I am currently a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, and from September 2021 I will be joining the University of Exeter as assistant professor. I am also a classical pianist, performing internationally.

I work at the nexus of development, environmental and mathematical economics. My current applied research studies the economic impact of endemic diseases, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. I also work on probability theory and stochastic analysis, with a focus on nonlinear diffusion processes.


  • Development and environmental economics
  • Economics of endemic and emerging diseases
  • Mathematical economics, stochastic analysis and control


  • PhD in Economics, 2018

    The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

  • MSc in Quantitative Finance, 2009

    University of Padua

  • Soloist Diploma, 2014

    Musik-Akademie Basel

  • MA, piano performance, 2011

    Royal Academy of Music, London


Schistosomiasis, Agriculture and Migration in Africa - A Joint Economic and Ecological Analysis

What are the complex relationships between schistosomiasis, economic development and migration in an African context?


Dams, Snails and Poverty Traps

Irrigation schemes are one of the most important policy responses designed to reduce poverty, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. …

The Economic Impact of Schistosomiasis

We study the economic impact of schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease with a complex transmission cycle which is endemic in many developing countries, by means of its effect on agricultural production. We create a novel dataset that combines high-resolution disease prevalence maps with detailed agricultural and household surveys. We find a large, negative and nonlinear causal effect of the disease on yields. Our empirical results provide further proof of the negative feedback between disease dynamics and water resources development, and are consistent with schistosomiasis constituting a poverty-reinforcing productivity shock.

Can one hear the shape of a target zone?

Can one hear the shape of a target zone? Yes, if the fundamental process isn’t too destabilized by the underlying risk.

Increasing Risk: Dynamic Mean-Preserving Spreads

We extend the celebrated Rothschild and Stiglitz (1970) definition of Mean-Preserving Spreads to a dynamic framework. We adapt the …

Firm Decisions under Jump-Diffusive Dynamics

A model of firm investment under uncertainty and partial irreversibility in which uncertainty is represented by a jump diffusion.


  • Macroeconomics A
    • Cédric Tille - Autumn 2017
  • Macroeconomics B
    • Yi Huang - Spring 2017 ; Spring 2016 ; Spring 2015
  • Econometrics A
    • Nicolas Berman - Autumn 2017 ; Autumn 2016 ; Autumn 2015 ; Autumn 2014


Concert biography

(last updated - April 2020)