Dr. Vincenzo Alfano holds the position of Assistant Professor in Applied Economics at University of Messina. He is also associate to Institute for the Mediterranean of the Italian National Research Council, to the Center for Economic Studies – CESifo, and is research fellow for Global Labour Organization – GLO. Moreover, he serves as a board member of several scientific journals, and is the Managing Editor of Evaluation and Program Planning. Before being appointed to this position, Dr. Alfano worked as Senior Lecturer in Economics at Westminster International University in Tashkent, and was the Economic Adviser for the Italian Minister of University and Research. Dr. Alfano has broad research interests, going from health economics and public health to the economic impact of religion. He has published in several top scientific journals, including Applied Health Economics and Health policy; Journal of Sports Economics; The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy; and Political Studies Review.