Riccardo Curtale is a PhD in economics who works for the Institute for Economic Research (IRE) of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI).
Riccardo has a background in Statistics, obtained a Bachelor's degree in Statistics in 2011 and a Master's degree in Statistics, Economics and Business in 2013, both with honors at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna. During the last master’s year Riccardo won an Erasmus scholarship which allowed him to spend six months at the UPM (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid). He obtained a PhD in economics at USI with a thesis on choice modeling applied to touristic decisions.
Riccardo conducts at the same time activities for the Observatory of tourism (O-tur) and academic research. In the O-tur project his principal tasks are quantitative analysis of tourism data, production of periodical reports and specific studies on inquiry. His academic research focuses on tourism economy and in particular in the analysis of demand based on discrete choice models.
Furthermore, Riccardo served as teaching assistant in the course of Statistics at the Fondazione Campus in Lucca and held didactic seminars in the Master in International Tourism at USI and in the Master of Statistics for Economics and Business at University of Bologna.