Nicola Bianchi
Nicola Bianchi

Assistant Professor of Strategy

Print Overview

Nicola Bianchi received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University in 2015.  He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategy. Professor Bianchi's interests include the economics of education, innovation, and labor economics. 

His current work focuses on several policy-relevant topics: the consequences of increased access to higher education, the relationship between scientific education and innovative activities, and the effect of compulsory licensing on invention. 

In most of his research projects, Professor Bianchi exploits historical public policies to address economic questions that, although currently relevant, would be hard to tackle with only modern data.

Areas of Expertise
Data Analysis
Data Analytics
Labor Economics
Economics of Education
Intellectual Property
Public Policy

Print Vita
Ph.D., 2015, Economics, Stanford University
M.S., 2008, Economics, Universita Bocconi, Summa Cum Laude
B.A., 2006, Business Administration, Universita Bocconi, Summa Cum Laude

Academic Positions
Assistant Professor, Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, 2015-present

Other Professional Experience
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2017-present
Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research, 2015-present

Honors and Awards
Kellogg Faculty Impact Award, DECS-431
Arthur H. Cole Grant, Economic History Association

Print Research
Research Interests

Labor Economics, Economics of Education, Economic History, Innovation, Public Economics.

Baten, Joerg, Nicola Bianchi and Petra Moser. 2017. Compulsory Licensing and Innovation. Historical Evidence From German Patents After WWI. Journal of Development Economics. 126: 231-242.
Working Papers
Bianchi, Nicola and Michela Giorcelli. 2018. The Role of the Marshall Plan in the Italian Post-WWII Recovery.
Bianchi, Nicola, Giulia Bovini, Jin Li, Matteo Paradisi and Michael Powell. 2018. Chains of Opportunity Revisited: Evidence from Administrative Data.
Bianchi, Nicola. 2018. The Indirect Effects of Educational Expansions: Evidence form a Large Enrollment Increase in STEM Majors.
Bianchi, Nicola and Michela Giorcelli. 2018. Scientific Education and Innovation: From Technical Diplomas to University STEM Degrees.

Print Teaching
Teaching Interests

Data Analytics, Business Analytics.

Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Business Analytics II (DECS-431-0)

This core course is equivalent to the course DECS-440 (MMM Business Analytics).

This sequel to DECS-430 extends the statistical techniques learned in that course to allow for the exploration of relationships between variables, primarily through multivariate regression. In addition to learning basic regression skills, including modeling and estimation, students will deepen their understanding of hypothesis testing and how to make inferences and predictions from data. Students will also learn new principles such as identification and robustness. The course has an intense focus on managerial relevant applications, cases and interpretations.

Research in Economics (MECS-560-3)
This course introduces first-year PhD students to the economics research environment. With an emphasis on breadth, and minimal prerequisite knowledge at the graduate level, students are exposed to the process of forming and answering research questions. To implement this goal, the course typically involves a handful of instructors each giving their own perspective on successful approaches to research by highlighting significant recent works in their respective fields of interest.