The Institute of Economics carries out research and training activities in the field of empirical and theoretical economics. Our main lines of research include:
- The theory and empirics of firm-industry dynamics, with specific focus on firm growth, productivity, export, innovative active and external financing
- The economics of innovation and technical change (sources, institutions and consequences)
- Micro and macro agent-based models, with particular attention to both the real side of the economy and the banking/financial sectors
- Empirical and theoretical analysis of micro and macroeconomic networks, especially in finance, trade, foreign direct investment, migration and mobility
- Individual, organizational and collective decisions beyond the rational choice paradigm
- Evolutionary foundations of macro-economics
- Evolutionary finance
- Economic history of technology and technical change
- Industrial and technological policies in industrialized and developing countries
- Applied statistics and econometrics
- Political, social and economic consequences of climate change
We welcome and favour dialogue between empirical investigations, theoretical developments and normative contributions - concerning both corporate management and public policies - offering an interdisciplinary environment in which different research interests and competencies, ranging from Economics, to Information Sciences, Mathematics and Physics meet and can be fruitfully integrated.
Our researchers are well nested in an international network, also through the participation to various national and international research projects.
Historically, most of the research activities have been undertaken within the LEM - Laboratory of Economics and Management. Now all research and training activities have been taken over by the Institute, but LEM still keeps its brandname on a prestigious Working Paper Series.
The objective of this Workshop – organized by the Institute of Economics with the support of the Young Scholar Initiative (YSI-INET) - is to uncover the limits of standard econometrics and to single out alternative techniques able to deal with the complex-system nature of the economy
Are patents good or bad for innovation ? Alessandro Nuvolari will be one of the key-note speakers in a public debate on this issue at the next 2016 European Science Forum in Manchester (26 July). The debate will feature also David K. Levine (European University Institute), Bruno Pottelsberghe (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and former chief-economist of the European Patent Office), Willem Broakaert (V-BIO Ventures).