Luca Righetti


About Me

Hi! I'm Luca, an incoming Research Scholar at the University of Oxford with the Future of Humanity Institute. I have a background in economics but am curious about all sorts of things to do with data science and public policy.

To this end, I have done work on renewable energy (UK-China Cooperation on Climate Change), AI safety (Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative), internet governance (Harvard's Berkman Klein Center), and more. You can read my CV/LinkedIn.

Outside my "day job", I co-host a podcast called Hear This Idea, where I get to talk to people a lot smarter than me. I care deeply about doing good better and am part of the Effective Altruism community. Sometimes, I also tweet and read.

The best way to contact me is via email — hello[at]lucarighetti[dot]com — I love meeting new people! If you are in Oxford and want to grab a coffee, do send me a message. You can also leave anonymous feedback, which is very useful to me.

Working Papers

Self-reinforcing Corruption: Evidence from the MPs Expenses Scandal (with Julia Shvets; draft date: May 2020) [pdf] [data]

Technological opportunities for decarbonisation of global energy systems (with Matthew Ives and Rupert Way; draft forthcoming)

Other Projects

Hear This Idea (Podcast/Blog)

I co-host a podcast "showcasing new thinking in philosophy and social sciences" together with my friend Fin Moorhouse. Each interview is accompanied by an in-depth write-up, which explores our guests' work in more detail. You can listen to Hear This Idea on all major podcast platforms.

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Tripos Care Package (Revision Materials)

For my undergraduate examinations, I created revision guides for all my modules. People have found these useful, so I making them available online. Please note that all documents were entirely written to pass my exams and do not reflect my own opinions. There are some small mistakes, and the Cambridge syllabus has changed. Simply view this as increasing your 'revision budget set'.

📑 Part I: MicroMacroMetricsPoliticsEconomic History
📑 Part IIA: MicroMacroMetricsDevelopment
📑 Part IIB*: Micro (1,2,3,4) — Macro (1,2,3,4) — Pol.Dev.
*Incomplete due to Covid cancelling exams
CDI: Working Paper Series (Articles)

I volunteered for the Cambridge Development Initiative at university — a registered non-profit operating in Dar-Es-Salaam (Tanzania). As Research Director, I oversaw the 2018/19 Working Paper Series, which included eight articles on topics relevant to CDI's projects. You can read these on their website:

CDI Working Paper Series 2018/19

BKC: Facial Recognition Surveillance (Data Visualisations)

During the four-week Summer Institute on "AI Principles and Practice", I was part of a group project that examined facial recognition surveillance in the US. My role was to identify trends in public perception and media coverage. You can find the full presentation here and my selected data visualisations below:

Facial Recognition: Public

Facial Recognition: Media

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