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Policy Briefs

F. Bontadini, V. Meliciani, M. Savona, R. Urbani, A. Wirkierman – European and Italian strategic dependencies for the twin transition: strengthening trade relationships with Africa

This policy brief shows Europe and Italy’s position in the green and digital value chains and identifies in which area...

September, 26 2023

V. Meliciani, L. Policino, R. Urbani – Procurement of multilateral banks in Europe: Italian specificities and policy implications

This brief presents an analysis of Italian firms’ participation in tenders funded by the World Bank since 2000. We...

September, 25 2023

C. Bastasin: If Italy returns to the “zero sum” game

The recent downward revisions of the Italian economy’s expected growth present serious implications in terms of econom...

September, 20 2023

R. Perissich: How the political drive behind the Single Market can address Europe’s new challenges

The current debate on the difficulty that the EU is having in adapting its economy to the new global challenges inevitab...

August, 28 2023

M. Bik, G. Di Bartolomeo – Structural reforms and Italy’s potential output: A macroeconomic assessment

What would happen to Italy’s GDP if half a million public employees obtained a tertiary degree? If the costs of starti...

June, 22 2023

C. Bastasin – L’economia italiana e l’effetto-fiducia indotto dagli aiuti europei: Il rischio di una ricaduta in assenza di impegni istituzionali del governo

La crescita del Pil italiano è stata rivista nettamente al rialzo nel 2023 dalla Banca d’Italia che a giugno ha più...

June, 20 2023

C. Bastasin: Ukraine’s accession to the EU requires a change in Europe itself

The European Commission is considering launching Ukraine’s accession process to the European Union by the end of 2...

May, 25 2023

C. Bastasin: A first-hand reaction to the new Stability Pact proposed by the European Commission

The regulation proposal presented on April 26, 2023 by the European Commission marks an important step, but by no means ...

April, 28 2023

G. Di Bartolomeo, W. Semmler: Greenhouse gases mitigation: Global externalities and policymakers’ short-termism

The primary cause of global warming is the rise in the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs), particularly carbon dio...

April, 19 2023

Working Papers

P. Canofari, G. Di Bartolomeo, M. Messori: An effective policy mix for the EU’s post-pandemic challenges

The geopolitical and economic shocks, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, represent a structural shift ...

September, 20 2023

F. Bontadini, V. Meliciani, M. Savona, A. Wirkierman: Nearshoring, global value chains structure and volatility

Over the past few years, the debate on GVCs and their role in economic growth has gained significant traction with the e...

September, 19 2023

C. Bastasin: The EU must have more financial and political capacities if it wants to make space for Ukraine

On December 16, 2023, the European Council is expected to formally kick off the accession negotiations with Kyiv, follow...

July, 25 2023

F. Traù: Globalization and History

The Globalization Age is now behind us. It is not a question of the eclipse of an articulated trading system on a global...

June, 26 2023

S. D’Andrea, S. D’Andrea, G. Di Bartolomeo, P. D’Imperio, G. Infantino, M. Meacci – Structural Reforms in the Italian Recovery and Resilience Plan: A macroeconomic assessment of their potential effects

This paper assesses the potential macroeconomic impact of the critical structural reforms designed within the Italian Re...

April, 5 2023

P. Benigno, P. Canofari, G. Di Bartolomeo, M. Messori: Inflation dynamics and monetary policy in the euro area

The surge in inflation rates experienced by the euro area since the beginning of 2021 is rooted in supply shocks that ha...

March, 13 2023

G. Di Bartolomeo, P. D’Imperio: A macroeconomic assessment of the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan

This paper aims to assess the macroeconomic and distributional impact of the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Pl...

February, 8 2023

I. Benedetti, G. Guarini, T. Laureti – Digitalization in Europe: a potential driver of energy efficiency for the twin transition

This paper aims to study the impact of digitalization on energy efficiency in Europe, where institutions are committed t...

February, 2 2023

A. Fabrizi, G. Guarini, V. Meliciani – The impact of environmental research networks on green exports: an analysis of a sample of European countries

This paper studies the impact of environmental research networks on green exports by providing a unique contribution to ...

January, 9 2023

Five Bullets

V. Meliciani, L. Policino, R. Urbani: Procurement of multilateral banks in Europe: specificities of the Italian model and policy implications

Securing World Bank procurement contracts can enhance a company’s growth perspectives due to market diversification, i...

September, 19 2023

C. Bastasin: Regole europee, la tentazione del mancato accordo

Dopo aver avviato il processo di riforma della governance economica europea nel 2020, la Commissione europea ha proposto...

April, 19 2023

C. Bastasin: Too much complacency in Europe for the US mid-term vote

1) The mid-term elections in the US were met with relief in Europe. Europeans see, in view of the 2024 presidential elec...

November, 16 2022

F. Bontadini, V. Meliciani, M. Savona, A. Wirkeirman: Nearshoring and Farsharing in Europe within the Global Economy

• The term “nearshoring” has gained significant interest in recent years, though a clear definition is still lacki...

September, 27 2022

C. Bastasin: Italy’s political uncertainty in 2023

In less than a year, the elections for the renewal of Italy’s Chambers will take place. Uncertainty is growing about t...

June, 1 2022

C. Bastasin: The reasons behind Scholz’s strong performance

• The strong performance by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) is related to the electorate’s change of heart coincid...

September, 28 2021

C. Bastasin: Can conditionality and dialogue really walk hand in hand?

After the Coronavirus hit the European population and sent the economy into hibernation, EU institutions reacted –...

July, 27 2020

M. Messori: Loans or “gifts”? What the Italian economy needs from Europe

According to the recent Economic and Financial Document (DEF) drafted by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), in 2...

April, 28 2020

C. Bastasin: The rationale behind the Italian-German rift

• Acrimony among European states is harsher today than during the euro-crisis a decade ago, jeopardizing the integrity...

March, 31 2020

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