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I’m an economist. My areas of expertise are the economics of innovation; economic development and regional economics.

I am Professor of Economics in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Università di Pavia in Italy. I also hold a position as Assigned Professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark, where I am associated with the IKE (Innovation, Knowledge and Economic Dynamics) Research Group (Department of Business and Management) in Copenhagen.

I regularly advise international organizations such as UNIDO,UNCTAD, IADB, OECD and the European Commission on questions related to economic development.

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Innovation systems in the era of GVCs

Innovation systems in the era of GVCs

A new Special Issue of the European Journal of Development Research has been edited by Rasmus Lema, Roberta Rabellotti & Padmashree Gehl Sampath.

Innovation systems in the era of global value chains collects  original quantitative and qualitative evidence on the co-evolutionary relationships between GVCs and Innovation Systems. The introductory article Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries: Co-evolution of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems is available for free download.

Presentations

Multinationals and regional development: Evidence from Europe

Multinationals and regional development: Evidence from Europe

Multinationals and regional development: Evidence from Europe

This a keynote speech I gave in January 2019 at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and in 2018 in May at Clustering at the Universidad de Valencia, in April at the Universidad de Seville, and last year in June  at the VIII Workshop on Institutions, Individual Behavior and economic Outcomes in Corte and at the Uddevalla Symposium, in October at the Regional Innovation Policies Conference in Santiago de Compostela and in November at the XV International Scientific Conference in Ostrava.

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Publications

Chinese and Indian MNEs’ shopping spree in advanced countries. How good it is for their innovative output?

Chinese and Indian MNEs’ shopping spree in advanced countries.  How good it is for their innovative output?

Chinese and Indian MNEs’ shopping spree in advanced countries. How good it is for their innovative output?

Chinese and Indian multinationals are continuously expanding their operations in Europe and the USA through cross-border acquisitions (CBAs), with the aim of tapping into international knowledge located in target firms and innovative hubs. In this article published in the Journal of Economic Geography with Amendolagine, Giuliani and Martinelli, we look into the innovative impacts that CBAs have on the acquiring multinational enterprises.

Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries: Co-evolution of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems

Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries: Co-evolution of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems

Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries: Co-evolution of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems

In this article co-authored with Rasmus Lema and Padmashree Sampath, we investigate how combining global value chain and innovation system approaches can help to foster an understanding of the possible trajectories that learning and innovation may take in developing countries.

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Do Global Value Chains Offer Developing Countries Learning and Innovation Opportunities?

Do Global Value Chains Offer Developing Countries Learning and Innovation Opportunities?

Do Global Value Chains Offer Developing Countries Learning and Innovation Opportunities?

With Valentina De Marchi and Elisa Giuliani I published an article in the European Journal of Development Research. The paper offers s a systematic review of the literature on developing country GVCs to investigate the learning channels used by local firms, both within (firm level, collective level) and outside of these value chains (i.e. external sources of learning), and the extent to which this activity promotes innovation.

Here there is a free to view link to the article