Francesca Bettio

Short profile
Professor of Economic Policy
Research interests: labour economics, population economics
Francesca Bettio is professor of economics at the University of Siena, Italy. She graduated from the University of Bologna and holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her main areas of expertise are labor economics, population studies and gender economics. Her doctoral dissertation - which was published in English - offered the first economic account of women’s work and wages in Italy dating back to early industrialization. She is the author or co-author of more than seventy publications including books, articles and research monographs on topics ranging from long-term and cyclical patterns of female employment and wage differentials to discrimination and occupational segregation, fertility in Mediterranean countries, intra-household bargaining, care work and sex work. Her latest publications concern violence against women in relation to financial independence and the determinants of gender gaps in pension income in Europe. She has a long record of working for the European Commission, culminating with the role of lead coordinator of successive networks of European experts supporting the work of the Commission in matters of female labour market and gender equality (see in particular  As one of the editors and founding member of the portal, she regularly contributes short web articles.  


Ten notable publications
  • with M. Della Giusta, M.L. Di Tommaso) ‘Sex Work and Trafficking. Moving beyond Dichotomies’, Feminist Economics, forthcoming 23 (3) 2017
  • (with G. Betti, P. Tinios, T. Georgiadis), ‘Unequal Ageing in Europe’, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
  • (with M. Corsi, C. D'Ippoliti, A. Lyberaki, M. Samek Lodovici, A. Verashchagina) ‘The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Situation of Women and    Men and on Gender Equality Policies’, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2013
  • (with T. Kanti Nandi) ‘Evidence on Women Trafficked for Sexual Exploitation. A Rights-Based Approach’, European Journal of Law and Economics,     29 (1) 2010
  • (with M.L. Di Tommaso, I. Shima, S. Strom) ‘As Bad as It Gets. Well-Being Deprivation of Sexually Exploited Trafficked Women’, European Journal of Political Economy, 25 (2) 2009
  • (with A. Verashchagina) ‘Gender Segregation in the Labour Market: Root Causes, Implications and Policy Responses in the EU’, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2009
  • (with P. Villa, A. Simonazzi) ‘Change in Care Regimes and Female Migration’, Journal of European Social Policy, 16 (3) 2006
  • (with J. Plantenga) ‘Comparing Care Regimes in Europe’, Feminist Economics, 10 (1) 2004
  • (with P. Villa) ‘A Mediterranean Perspective on the Break-Down of the Relationship between Participation and Fertility’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 22 (2) 1998
  • The Sexual Division of Labour, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988