Daniele Rinaldo

Economist, Pianist

University of Exeter

I am an assistant professor at the University of Exeter in the Department of Economics and the Land, Environment and Economic Policy Institute (LEEP). 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 study optimal resource management under the threat of regime shifts and natural catastrophes. Additionally, I work on probability theory and stochastic analysis, with a focus on nonlinear diffusion processes.


  • Development economics
  • Environmental economics
  • 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


  • Topics in Empirical Economics 1
    • Causal inference and machine learning methods, with applications to environmental and development economics
    • MRes, Autumn term, 2021-currently
  • Economic Analysis and Pandemics
    • Pandemics, epidemics, global health and economic policy
    • UG, Spring term, 2022-currently


Concert biography

(last updated - April 2020)