The Institute of Economics carries out research and training activities in the field of empirical and theoretical economics with a special focus on the economics of innovation and technical change.
The main lines of research include:
- The economics of innovation studying how innovations are generated and their impact at the micro, meso and macro levels
- The empirics and theory of industrial dynamics, with emphasis on the relation between firm financial profiles and industrial performance
- Micro and macro agent-based models, with particular attention to the patterns of economic change driven by the introduction and diffusion of new technologies
- Empirical network analysis of micro and macroeconomic networks, especially finance, trade, foreign direct investment, migration and mobility
- The connection between intellectual property rights and inventive and creative activities
Other research areas include:
- Individual, organizational and collective decisions beyond the rational choice paradigm
- Evolutionary foundations of macro-economics
- Evolutionary finance
- Economic history with a special focus on long run growth and major economic discontinuities
- Industrial and technological policies in industrialized and developing countries
- Applied statistics and econometrics
- Political, social and economic consequences of climate change
Our Institute welcomes and favours 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 and Economic History, to Statistics, Physics, Information Sciences and Management meet and can be fruitfully integrated.
Despite its small size, the Institute has achieved important results in terms of research output, which place it in second place in the ranking of Economics Departments of Italian universities according to the latest report published by the Italian Agency for Research Evaluation (ANVUR), and in the top 5% among European economic institutions (cf. The RePEc rankings).
Our researchers are active and broadly connected members of international research and policy networks, through participation in various national and international projects as well as policy initiatives.
In 2018 the Institute was also awarded the prestigious grant of “Department of Excellence” in the area of Economics by the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research. The overarching goal of this department – EmbeDS Economics and Management in the era of Data Science – is to bring Economics and Management in the era of Data Science, leveraging data and tools to bridge the gaps that still exist between complex models, their empirical validation, and their use in policy.
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 brand name on a prestigious Working Paper Series.
Pubblicati su Scientific Reports i risultati dello studio coordinato da Francesca Chiaromonte, docente di statistica della Scuola Sant’Anna che guida il Dipartimento di Eccellenza EMbeDS (Economics and Management in the era of Data Science), condotto in collaborazione con un gruppo di giovani ricercatrici e ricercatori italiani che lavorano alla Scuola Sant’Anna (Pisa), alla Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA, USA) e all’Université Laval (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada)
“Case studies of Automation in Services” è il progetto iniziato a luglio 2021, con il finanziamento del Joint Research Centre dell’Unione Europea, a Siviglia e con la partecipazione dell'Istituto di Economia della Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna insieme all'Università “Aldo Moro” di Bari - Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e all’Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia - Dipartimento di Comunicazione ed Economia
Il 24 per cento delle aziende italiane ha subìto danni da eventi accidentali legati alle diverse tipologie di rischio ambientale, eppure soltanto il 62 per cento si è dotata di misure di prevenzione e “gestione del rischio” in campo ambientale, una percentuale che scende ancora in riferimento alle PMI.
Herding and avalanches in binary decision models
José Moran - University of Oxford
The Institute of Economics will hold a seminar meeting as part of its Seminar Series on Tuesday, October 26, 2021: José Moran from Oxford University will present the paper "Herding and avalanches in binary decision models".
Seminario: Saving lives and the economy: the role of fiscal policy in the Covid-19 recession
, Sede centrale - Aula 3
Laura Carvalho - University of Sao Paulo
Seminario: Geographic Localisation of Knowledge Spillovers: Evidence from Scientific and Academic Citations
Aneeq Sarwar - Swinburne University