Tiziana Foresti (Ph.D. in History of Economic Thought, University of Florence) is currently Junior Researcher at Baffi Center on International Markets, Money and Regulation – Bocconi University and Teaching Fellow at the Department of Economics of Bocconi University. In 2014 she was an Inet grantee. She has previously been post-doctoral research fellow in Economics at the Department of Statistics of the University of Rome, La Sapienza as well as the recipient of research grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei of Rome. Her research interests range from the problem of the stabilization of financial markets in a historical perspective to the dissemination of economic ideas from Europe to the United States between the 1860s and the 1930s.
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Recent years have witnessed the flourishing of a body of economic literature concerned with the search for empirical evidence of a positive relation between political connections, economic rent and the value of firms. The present paper contributes to the strand of this literature that deals with the quantitative measurement of the value of the political connections of firms.
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