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Alessandro Nuvolari is Professor of Economic History and Director of the Institute of Economics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. He was educated at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, where he received a PhD in Economics.

His research papers have been published in a wide range of journals including Economic History Review, Technology and Culture, Industrial and Corporate Change, Explorations in Economic, History, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Business History Review, Research Policy, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Transactions of the Newcomen Society.


His main research field is the study of the role played by science and technology in the emergence and consolidation of modern economic growth with a particular focus on the Industrial Revolution in England. He has also studied the connection between patents and inventive activities both in historical and contemporary contexts.