In the last week of April, I took a very short visit in Vienna under the invitation of prof. Yuri Kazepov at the Department of Sociology. A short time, but full of interesting exchanges and talks! First, I was very honoured to give a class on “how to build indicators” in the former university of Paul Lazarsfeld, which is indeed the sociologist that mostly contributed to the development of quantitative methods. If you have never read it, his essay on indicators is a must-to-read for every methodologist! (here I am in action in the picture)

But the visit to Vienna was particularly helpful also for further developing the paper I’m currently working with A. Firinu (University of Cagliari). In this work, we are aiming to analyse the characteristics of the Southern European model and in particular we investigate the characteristics of marginal work comparing Italy and Spain with few other countries. Great comments and feedback to further improve our work, which is going to be presented soon in Espanet Italia conference.

So happy also to meet and spend some time with my colleagues and friends Roberta Cucca and Ruggero Cefalo, who were also there in Vienna!