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Marco Valli
Head of Macro Research
Chief European Economist
UniCredit Bank, Milan
Piazza Gae Aulenti, 4 - Tower C - MRE4
I-20154 Milan
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Marco Valli is Head of Macro Research and Chief European Economist at UniCredit. Previously, he served as Chief Italy Economist from 2006 until mid-2010. Before joining UniCredit in 2004, he worked as a European economist at Fideuram SGR. Marco has a degree in economics and a master's in quantitative finance from Università Bocconi in Milan. He co-authored the study Global Inflation – The Ghost in the Machine?, which was awarded the Rybczynski Prize by the Society of Business Economists in London for the best piece of business economics writing in 2007.

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