Mara Monti

Mara Monti

Visiting Fellow

European Institute

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Key Expertise
Economic and Financial Journalism, Monetary Policy, Financial Crisis.

About me

Mara is a visiting fellow at the LSE European Institute and a journalist at Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy’s leading financial/economic newspaper, in Milan. She completed an MSc (Econ) in Politics of the World Economy at LSE and graduated in Economics cum laude at Bologna University with a thesis in International Monetary Policy as part of the CNR Research Institute programme (Centro nazionale delle ricerche). She spent her career in the journalism field, specialising in the financial sector. Prior to joining Il Sole 24 Ore, Mara worked at international news agency Dow Jones in Milan where she served as editor-in-chief, specialising in financial markets with a focus on Italy, and there she followed the debut of the Euro.

Over the last 16 years, she has been part of the financial team at Il Sole 24 Ore. During this period, she tracked the financial crisis, the worst since the Great Depression, starting in the US with the subprime bubble, followed by the Lehman default and the European sovereign downfall; during the Italian financial crisis, she closely followed the transition from Berlusconi to Mario Monti’s government. Furthermore, she wrote a wide series of articles about financial and banking scandals in domestic and financial fields, such as the Parmalat and the Argentina’s Bond. She has written extensively also about sovereign crisis and bailout in Greece, Ireland and Spain, Ecb monetary policy and non-conventional instruments.

She wrote several books investigating the bankruptcy crisis of the past ten years and probing into financial scandals. She has also published additional books with the editor of Il Sole 24 Ore. During Expo 2015, the international exposition hosted by Milan under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, she investigated fraud and links with criminal organizations in the food and economy sector. Moreover, she is a radio and TV commentator at Rai, Italy’s public broadcasting service, as well as a public speaker.

Selected publications

Machiarelli, Corrado; Monti, Mara; and Claudia Wiesner. The European Central Bank between the Financial Crisis and Populisms. Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2020 edition. Book (link)

Codogno, Lorenzo and Monti, Mara. Taking stock of Christine Lagarde’s challenges at the ECB. LSE Europp blog (9 Jan 2020). Blog entry (link)

Macchiarelli, Corrado and Monti, Mara. Is politics becoming one of the ECB’s biggest problems?. LSE Europp blog (11 June 2019). Blog entry (link)

Macchiarelli, Corrado; Giacon, Renato; Georgosouli, Andromachi; and Monti, Mara. Why non-performing loans are still putting the European Banking Union at risk. LSE Europp Blog (27 March 2019). Blog Entry (link)

Codogno, Lorenzo and Monti, Mara. A Stylised Narrative of Italian Banking Problems. LUISS School of European Political Economy, Policy Brief, 19 September 2018 (link)

Codogno, Lorenzo and Monti, Mara. Italy under the spotlight of another financial crisis. Blog entry (17 September 2018), LSE EUROPP Blog (link)

Monetary Dialogue July 2018: The ECB Collateral Policy Beyond Conventional Monetary Stimulus: with with C. Macchiarelli and M Monti, In-Depth Analysis, European Parliament IP/A/ECON/2018-02 (link)

Monti, Mara and Macchiarelli, Corrado (2018). The EMU quest for integration: What does teh ECB's collateral data tell us. LSE Brexit Blog (17 July 2018). Blog Entry (link)

Monti, Mara and Macchiarelli, Corrado (2018). Brexit threatens the City’s future in European payment systems. LSE Brexit Blog (27 February 2018). Blog Entry (link)

Monti, Mara and Macchiarelli, Corrado (2018). The euro-area denominated payment systems and the conduct of monetary policy: Some considerations ahead of Brexit. Policy Department A: Economic and Scientific Policy, European Parliament. (link)

Macchiarelli, Corrado, Monti, Mara and Vedolin, Andrea (2017). Assessing the impact of the ECB’s Corporate Sector Purchase Programme on SMEs. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog  (27 September 2017). Blog Entry. (link)

The corporate sector purchase programme (CSPP): Effectiveness and challenges ahead: with C. Macchiarelli, A. Vedolin - Monetary Policy Dialogue, European Parliament, IP/A/ECON/2017-Sept (link)

Monti, Mara (2017) Italy versus Spain: two measures for solving the same banking problem. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (28 Jun 2017). Blog Entry. (link)

Codogno, Lorenzo and Monti, Mara (2017) Is Italy’s recent support to its banks the start of a new wave of public intervention in the EU? LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (16 Jan 2017). Blog Entry. (link)

Monti, Mara (2016) Italy cannot afford to allow political instability to affect its troubled banking system. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (06 Dec 2016). Blog Entry. (link)

Codogno, Lorenzo (2016) Watch Italy’s referendum for potential banking problems. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (22 Nov 2016). Blog Entry. (link)